Poetry Drone, Twelve-Foot Mr. Darcy, 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 CEO William Lynch has resigned. (Daily Beast)

Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of the newly merged Penguin Random House, has demanded bestselling novelist Vikram Seth return a $1.7 million advance after Seth missed a June deadline. (Times of India)

The Millions offers its second-half 2013 book preview, with new releases from Edwidge Danticat, Nelly Reifler, Tom Perrotta, and many others.

WNYC’s Soundcheck rounded up several interviews for a feature called the Writers Club—including Michael Chabon and Bettye Lavette.

Shirin Najafi takes a look at the best book trailers in recent years, and examines what makes them great. (Rumpus)

After raising funding on Kickstarter, artist Seth Indigo Carnes launched his new app, Poetics, available starting today, and free for the next twenty-four hours.

Meanwhile, poet and filmmaker David Shook intends to fund a Poetry Drone that will drop poems instead of explosives.

If you’re in the market for a new home, poet William Blake’s cottage in England is available for $970,000. (GalleristNY)

And if you visit the United Kingdom, there is a twelve-foot statue of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy standing in London’s Serpentine Lake. (Los Angeles Times)