TED Talks to Become Book Series, Philip Roth's Letter to the Editor, 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:

TED Conferences LLC will be publishing twelve books with Simon & Schuster as part of a series called TED Books. The first book in the series will be released in September. (GalleyCat)

Novelist Philip Roth has responded to a recent review of Adam Begley’s new John Updike biography, Updike. Upset with implications that criticism of Roth's work by Updike in 1993 caused Roth to check himself into a psychiatric hospital, Roth penned a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

After attending the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle, David W. Brown of the Atlantic unpacks the struggle to make a living in literature. Meanwhile, Brown’s colleague Koa Beck explores how the careers of many women writers may be hindered by the responsibilities of marriage and children. 

Poet Eavan Boland discusses the difficulties of giving space to each aspect of her identity as a female Irish writer. (Nashville Scene)

The Root discusses whether writers of color should write about white characters.

Author Carl Hoffman discusses the 1961 death of twenty-three-year-old Michael Rockefeller, the mystery at the heart of his new book, Savage Harvest. (Christian Science Monitor

The New Republic takes a look at Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical fiction and at what his writing has cost him in his personal life.