Rachel Syme on Dawn Powell's Unsold Diaries, David Orr on the Poetry of Parenthood, 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:

Shelf Awareness has the latest on the DOJ lawsuit. Its headline, "Justice Department to Book Industry: 'Drop Dead'" echoes the famous New York Daily News coverage of New York City's 1975 fiscal crisis.

Meanwhile, independent publisher Melville House weighs in on the ramifications of the DOJ lawsuit.

Financial analysis website Seeking Alpha reports that Amazon is gearing up its "global expansion."

Poet and critic David Orr details the poetry of parenthood. (NPR)

The New York Times visits the Rare Book School, which takes place each summer at the University of Virginia, gathering hundreds of "librarians, conservators, scholars, dealers, collectors and random book-mad civilians together for weeklong intensive courses."

Essayist Sarah Hepola reveals the perils and satisfactions of a five-month solo journey around the country. (Salon)

Rachel Syme examines the literary legacy of Dawn Powell, who shared an editor with Hemingway and Fitzgerald (Maxwell Perkins), and whose original journals, recently up for auction, did not find a buyer. (New Yorker)

Speaking of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jason Diamond found the real life Daisy Buchanan, who lived in the affluent Chicagoland town of Lake Forest, Illinois, (also hometown to Dave Eggers and Vince Vaughn). (Paris Review Daily)