Bestselling Author John Green Criticizes Jeff Bezos, Philip Roth Versus Wikipedia, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Hachette Book Group has named Michael Pietsch its new CEO, replacing David Young beginning in April. Pietsch has served as publisher of Little, Brown since 2006. (New York Times)

"Dear Wikipedia, I am Philip Roth." The master novelist sets the crowd-sourced website straight regarding his inspiration for The Human Stain. (New Yorker)

With semi-annual New York Fashion Week just ended, formal model Jennifer Sky writes of the pressing need for the unionization of fashion models and ending the exploitation of the underage. (Guernica)

Architectural designer John H. Locke has transformed pay phone booths into lending libraries. (New York Times)

On his Tumblr, bestselling author John Green has choice words for Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

Researchers at Stanford are studying how reading a Jane Austen novel alters the brain—the pioneering field of literary neuroscience. (Stanford Report)

If you're near New York City this evening, the Rumpus is throwing a party, including Colson Whitehead and actor Andrew McCarthy (Millions); and as part of Under the Influence: Writers on Film, author Nick Flynn will screen the 1971 film Harold and Maude, followed by a conversation with Michael Maren about the adaptation of Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

"We are evaluating a piece of writing. We are not evaluating a person." Erika Anderson discusses the writing workshop. (Electric Literature)

Flavorwire rounded up several amazing spaces converted to bookstores, including one Wisconsin store housed in a former manure tank.