'Today' Book Club, Franzen's First Novel, Query Letters, and More

James F. Thompson

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 Today Show resurrected its book club with the selection of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season, a debut fantasy novel about a clairvoyant 19-year-old woman. (Vulture)

Jonathan Franzen’s first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, celebrates its twenty-fifth birthday, causing a generation of literary fans to feel old. (Washington Post)

GalleyCat breaks down query letters by genre in this post detailing the winning formulas in 23 successful query letters.

This essay from the Millions examines the demise of needy, unworldly female protagonists as stock and shallow depictions of women fade from the mainstream.

American novelist and crime fiction writer, Elmore Leonard, affectionately known as the “Dickens of Detroit,” has died at the age of 87 after recently suffering a stroke. (NPR)

Barnes & Noble chairman abandons bid to purchase the brand’s bookstores. (New York Times)

Find the idea of living in Jane Austen’s England romantic and endearing? This article in Huffington Post may cause you to reconsider.