Remembering Anselm Hollo, Lunch with Robert Silvers, 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:

Amazon reported its net sales increased 22 percent in 2012's last quarter, with e-book sales up 70 percent for the year. (GalleyCat)

Poet, critic, and translator Anselm Hollo died yesterday at the age of seventy-eight. Born in Finland, Hollo lived in the United States since the 1960s, and in his long career produced more than forty books. (Nomadics)

On his blog, author David Abrams remembers the writers who died this past year. (Quivering Pen)

Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Robert Frost, and the New Yorker looks at how two of its writers considered the great poet—Raymond Holden's 1931 profile of Frost, and a 1994 Joseph Brodsky essay.

Brooklyn magazine speaks with Emily Gould and Ruth Curry, who launched Emily Books in 2011, an independent e-bookstore with a unique mission.

In case you missed author Karen Bender's essay in the New York Times Book Review this weekend, she explains her early motivations to set pen to paper: "I became a writer when I was hit on the head with a rock."

The Financial Times recently took Robert Silvers to lunch—the longtime editor of New York Review of Books discussed Mary McCarthy, Zadie Smith, and many curiosities of his interesting career.

Virginia Woolf once wrote, ”I have only one passion in life—cooking.” Here is Woolf's cottage loaf recipe. (Explore)