Village Voice Sold, Real-Life Tom Sawyer, 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 Village Voice has been sold. (Forbes)

With J. K. Rowling's first novel for adults The Casual Vacancy out this week, Ian Parker profiles the Harry Potter author for the New Yorker.

Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold details how Rachel Carson's popular 1962 book Silent Spring ushered in the environmental movement. (New York Times Magazine)

"I found Erica Jong's Fear of Flying in my mother's room." Author Elissa Schappell discusses reading Jong's seminal work as an adolescent. (NPR)

With the rise of Amazon, and shrinking of local bookstores, Carolyn Kellogg looks at the new-found popularity of trusted book recommendations. (Los Angeles Times)

The Globe and Mail reports that Canadian poetry is experiencing a rebirth.

Smithsonian tracks down the real-life Tom Sawyer, a daring Brooklyn-born San Francisco firefighter, and Mark Twain's drinking buddy.

Yesterday, Emma Straub spoke with All Things Considered about the inspiration behind her first novel, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures. (NPR)

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To celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, Paste magazine showcases sixteen different The Great Gatsby covers.