Stephen King Family, Kerouac in Florida, 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:

J. K. Rowling received a cash settlement from her law firm—donated to charity—in response to a lawyer’s revelation that Rowling had written a novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith. (Independent)

Stephen King and his family are featured in this week’s New York Times Magazine. The King family now includes five published novelists.

Rebecca J. Rosen looks at the current state of copyright law, and how it affects available books. (Atlantic)

In a slideshow for the New York Times, designers reveal the evolution of recent book jackets—from concept to finished product—including David Gilbert’s & Sons, and Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

For the Paris Review Daily, Vanessa Blakeslee details Jack Kerouac’s time living in Florida, and his relationship with Joyce Johnson. Johnson’s and Kerouac’s correspondence are collected in the book Door Wide Open (Penguin, 2001).

Author Amy Sue Nathan reveals the vagaries of promoting her last book while trying to compose her next, as well as attending to domestic life. (Book Pregnant)

Jason Boog showcases a tool to help writers collaborate online. (GalleyCat)