Tips on How to Get Writing Out of the Slush Pile, Jamaica Kincaid Interview, 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:

Barnes & Noble announced its Nook revenues would not meet expectations. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, Slate's Matthew Yglesias writes Barnes & Noble is not "long for this world."

Publishers Weekly reports sales are up at Simon & Schuster, but not profits.

The Los Angeles Review of Books filmed author Jamaica Kincaid's appearance at UC Riverside's thirty-fifth annual Writers Week conference. In the video, Kincaid reads from her new novel See Now Then, and is interviewed.

J. Robert Lennon explains why some writers strive to be rock star musicians. (New York Times Magazine)

In case you've not received enough Valentines, Carolyn Kormann looks at the love poetry of John Donne. (New Yorker)

On its blog, Ploughshares advises how to get out of the slush pile.

For the Guardian Books podcast: poet Jo Shapcott reads and discusses the work of a favorite writer—Emily Dickinson.

IFC films picked up the Bret Easton Ellis-penned movie, The Canyons, which stars Lindsay Lohan, and is directed by Paul Schrader. (Daily Beast)