The $100,000 Book Review, a New Yeats Play, 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:

The Daily Telegraph was ordered by a high court judge to pay more than one hundred thousand dollars in damages to author Sarah Thornton over a review of her book Seven Days in the Art World, which contains a list of more than two hundred artworld personalities interviewed for the book, Telegraph book reviewer Lynn Barber among them. In her review Barber claims Thornton never spoke to her, an allegation that "does not relate merely to professional practice. It is an attack on Dr. Thornton's honesty," said Judge Tugendhat. "I accept Dr. Thornton's view that there could hardly be more serious an allegation to make against someone in her profession." (Los Angeles Times)

The New Yorker looks at the recent tragedy in Norway through the prescient lens of the late Scandinavian novelist Stieg Larsson.

In the wake of the News of the World scandal, Murdoch-owned HarperCollins answers agent Andrew Wylie's suggestions of impropriety. (Observer)

With the release of more and more platforms on which to consume literature, the Boston Globe examines the future of reading. The author writes, "We’re at an interesting, uniquely transitional point in reading’s history. Even as we’re buried in tablets and e-readers, we’re reading the same way humans always have."

The small publishers who made the cut after the Man Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday, are readying e-books to meet a surge in demand. (Bookseller)

The entire manuscript of W. B. Yeats's unpublished 1884 play, Love and Death, has been made available online. (Harriet)

A new journal has launched, Girl Crush, featuring women writers with the theme of "female affection for role models." The zine was created by Paris Review web editor Thessaly LaForce and New York Times reporter Jenna Wortham, and is intended as a one-time project. The issue features work by Jennifer Egan, Emma Straub, and Starlee Kine. (Observer)