Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Turns Fifty, Adam Mansbach's Book Tour Report, 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:

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. (Atlantic)

Meanwhile, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is two hundred, and to help celebrate, the BBC will recreate the Netherfield Ball, which will air as a ninety-minute special. (Independent)

On tour promoting his book, Rage Is Back, Adam Mansbach reports from the road: "My new strategy, with this novel, is not to tell anybody about anything." (Salon)

USA Today posted its one hundred bestselling titles of the last five years, including books by Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Rebecca Skloot.

The New York Review of Books reveals the Library of Congress has archived billions of tweets posted on Twitter since 2010.

Employing a variety show format—with appearances by Neil Gaiman, and the Mountain Goats—YA novelist John Green (and his brother Hank) sold out Carnegie Hall. (New York Times)

"Take me for a ride, as far away from myself as I can go—even to the place from which my whole soul will recoil; I want to know everything." Maria Bustillos details the pleasures of reading. (New Yorker)

Poet Joshua Mehigan contributed his lines for analysis by popular lyric-parsing website, Rap Genius.