Prison Diaries of Famed Greek Poet Yannis Ritsos, Tony Earley Discusses William Maxwell, 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:

Over the holidays, Barnes & Noble experienced a decline in retail revenues compared to last year. (GalleyCat)

Since 2000, Michael Bourne has consumed over seven hundred books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—for the Millions, Bourne explains why his New Year's resolution is to read fewer titles.

Vogue lists thirteen things to look forward to this year, including Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby and the opening of Nora Ephron's last play, Lucky Guy.

Critic David L. Ulin looks at the newly released Diaries of Exile, by the late Greek poet Yannis Ritsos. The book is comprised of three journals Ritsos kept while a political prisoner in the late 1940s and early 1950s. (Los Angeles Times)

For January's fiction podcast at the New Yorker, listen to author Tony Earley discuss and read the work of William Maxwell.

If you're taking any trips this year (or on a book tour), Travel + Leisure features America’s best bookstores.

From having tea with Alexander Pushkin's descendants to tracking down leading Pushkin scholars, Michael Johnson reveals his decades-long fascination with the great Russian poet. (Open Letters Monthly)

Flavorwire gathered photographic evidence of authors having a good time.