Pynchon to Collaborate With P. T. Anderson, Pearson to Invest in Nook Media, 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:

Pearson, which owns Penguin, will invest almost ninety million dollars in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media. (Reuters)

The Telegraph reports the number of bookstores in the United Kingdom have been cut in half in the last seven years.

Goodreads revealed out of twenty million user reviews on its website, the most reviewed book in 2012 was Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. (Huffington Post)

Brain Pickings lists its reader favorites for 2012, including Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things.

Slate's David Haglund writes that despite that the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road does not entirely succeed, "it’s a pretty interesting work of literary criticism."

In other Hollywood news, it appears Thomas Pynchon will collaborate with Paul Thomas Anderson on the film version of Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice. (New York Daily News)

With Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters out next month from Norton, the Boston Review looks at the life and work of the author of The Legend of the Holy Drinker, who died in Paris in 1939.

Margaret Atwood spoke with NPR yesterday about Positron—the serialized novel she is publishing on Byliner.