Simon & Schuster Rescinds Lefevre Contract, an App to Improve Reading Speed, and More


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:

The editorial director of Fordham University Press, Helen Tartar, was killed in a car accident Monday. (Publishers Weekly)

Simon & Schuster has canceled a book contract with John Lefevre, whose @GSElevator Twitter account supposedly reports things overheard in the elevator of Goldman Sachs, after it was revealed Lefevre never worked for Goldman Sachs. (New York Times)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt reports an increase in trade publishing sales of $14 million for 2013, bringing net sales to an all-time high of $171 million. (Digital Book World)

Spritz, a Boston-based start-up, has developed an app to improve reading speed. (Guardian

Melville House has collaborated with Brooklyn Roasting Company to develop a blend of coffee inspired by Jeremy Bushnell’s debut novel, The Weirdness, in which a writer makes a deal with the devil over a hot cup of joe. (GalleyCat)

Author and evangelical pastor Mark Grace Driscoll reportedly used $210,000 in church funds as payment to a marketing company to get his book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, & Life Together onto the New York Times’ bestseller list in January. (Los Angeles Times)

Historian Terry Golway, whose book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics reconsiders the history of the organization and the advantage it gave to recent immigrants living in New York City, is interviewed on NPR

Ethan Hauser considers and reconsiders the rules that writers live by for the Millions.