Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's New Book, the Naipaul Debate Continues, 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 130 years as a tucked-away manuscript, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel, The Narrative of John Smith, will be published. (Guardian)

Edwin Honig, poet and early translator of Lorca, dies at 91. (New York Times)

An article in the Wall Street Journal slams young-adult novels, prompting an immediate and overwhelming display of support for YA fiction on Twitter. (Examiner)

In case you weren't near a radio yesterday, Ann Patchett stopped by Weekend Edition to discuss her new book, State of Wonder, and the research that took her to the heart of the Amazon. (National Public Radio)

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell contributes a short story to a gallery exhibition featuring the artists who designed two of his book covers. (Guardian)

Jennifer Schuessler examines literary feuds of the distant and not-so-distant past, as in a minute or two ago on the Internet. (New York Times)

Susan Cheever adds her thoughts to the ongoing V. S. Naipaul debate: "I don’t care what he thinks about UFOs either, or animal husbandry or plumbing. The guy is a writer; I care about his writing." (Daily Beast)

Mystery writer Lee Child and Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games series, join Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris in the Kindle Million Club. (Amazon)