The Future of Books, Meghan O'Rourke Speaks to Her Father, 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 Guardian Books podcast, reporting from a publishing conference in Milan, asks an international coterie of experts, "Do books have a future?"

Meghan O'Rourke, poet, editor, and author of the recent memoir The Long Goodbye—a chronicle of grief surrounding the profound loss of her mother—speaks with her father. (Huffington Post)

If you missed Talk of the Nation yesterday, Andrea Seabrook discusses summer books that take you places. She interviews Bharati Mukherjee about her new novel, Miss New India, and Salon's Laura Miller about her favorite escapist literature. (National Public Radio)

Google has launched its eBooks Affiliate program.

Successful novelists, famously married couple, and parents of four kids, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon are now writing together. The pair successfully pitched a television pilot to HBO, a World War II drama, "Hobgoblin." Today Variety announced that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has jumped aboard.

Spam is gumming up the Kindle. (Los Angeles Times.)

25 e-books for 25 cents, a promotion sponsored by Unbridled Books with the support of several independent bookstores, last week sold 15,807 e-books, with Emily St. John Mandel's novel, The Singer's Gun, the number-one seller. (Bookselling this Week, via Shelf Awareness)

Have a Bloomsday hangover? Check out these images of the celebration yesterday in Dublin. (Electric Lit)

For Father's Day, Malcolm Jones and Jimmy So claim it's not "gadget day," and offer this list of books for dad. (The Daily Beast)