Self-Published Novelist Lands Book Deal, Bram Stoker's Friendship with Walt Whitman, 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:

After selling three hundred thousand e-books, self-published novelist Hugh Howey has landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster. (GalleyCat)

Huffington Post rounds up gift ideas for every book lover on your holiday shopping list.

David Foster Wallace biographer D. T. Max reveals the origins of his title phrase, "every love story is a ghost story." (New Yorker)

Humanities details the unexpected literary friendship between Dracula author Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman.

For the Poetry Society of America, Matthew Rohrer shares his affection for the fragments of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Melville House considers what Shakespeare can teach us about the fiscal cliff.

The New York Daily News reports a man recorded himself reading the longest word in the world, which takes three hours to pronounce.

With hours to spare, the Rumpus reached its funding goal for a film adaptation of Stephen Elliott's novel, Happy Baby.