Ruth Franklin on Literary Inequality, Charlotte Rogan's Path to Publication, 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 announced sixteen of its top one hundred best-selling e-books were published by Amazon exclusively.

Following Meg Wolitzer's recent essay in the New York Times Book Review, critic Ruth Franklin explores why the world of literature continues to disadvantage women writers. (New Republic)

In light of two newly published collections of Philip Larkin's writing, Michael Dirda looks at the life and work of the late British poet. (New Criterion)

Charlotte Rogan had an atypical path to publication—she wrote steadily, in secret, for years, producing several unpublished manuscripts, and signed a contract for her debut novel, The Lifeboat, a few months after her fifty-seventh birthday. Reagan Arthur Books released The Lifeboat last week. (New York Times)

Bestselling author John Grisham details how he gave away six million dollars worth of books—by accident. (Daily Beast)

In this personal essay for the Rumpus, Courtney Maum writes of how a routine visit to a doctor can unravel one's past.

The Awl recounts Mark Twain’s long obsession with Joan of Arc.