Maya Apocalypse Reading List, Sheila Heti on Art and Commerce, 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:

Penguin Group has settled with the Department of Justice over the e-book pricing lawsuit filed last spring. Macmillan and Apple are the only companies yet to settle. (GalleyCat)

Melville House, closely following the case, shares its thoughts on Penguin's DOJ settlement.

In America, the publishing industry is centered in New York City. Roxane Gay reminds us that more than a handful of writers live elsewhere. (Tin House)

Meanwhile, after spending a year promoting her novel, Sheila Heti considers the ancient push and pull between art and the marketplace: "I think it’s the wholesale infiltration of concerns about money and commerce into art that leads to art’s withering on the vine, not direct and serious conversation about how to make art now. Stop talking about Amazon, for godssakes! For one minute!" (Back to the World)

The Morning News announced the finalists and judges for its annual Tournament of Books.

In case the world ends tomorrow, the Los Angeles Times has a reading list for the Maya apocalypse.

Citing a study that indicates "natural spaces have a unique ability to reverse the effects of mental fatigue caused by prolonged study," Cornell University installed grass in a library lobby. (GalleyCat)

From the department of well-made things found online, check out the New York Times experiment in narrative web design, featuring John Branch's tragic story, "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek."

George Saunders told the Center for Fiction the book that made him a reader is Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time.

If you're looking for gift ideas, consider the gorgeous Drop Caps series from Penguin. (Brain Pickings)