VQR Audit Released, Finds No Bullying; Rewriting the Civil War, and More


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 University of Virginia has released its audit of the Virginia Quarterly Review following the suicide of managing editor Kevin Morrissey on July 30. As Jacket Copy reports, the audit found "no specific allegations of bullying or harassment prior to July 30th." Read the entire document here.

Creative publishing service Blurb opens its first ever pop-up store in New York City today, offering workshops, speaker series, and events over the next ten days, when the store presumably un-pops.

From the Washington Post: "A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War—a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery's role as a cause of the conflict." The book's author, who is not a trained historian, said she "found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research." One historian notes: "It's disconcerting that the next generation is being taught history based on an unfounded claim instead of accepted scholarship." 

The former front man of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon, is publishing a memoir that will retail for over six hundred dollars and include handwritten doodles by the man himself in each copy. (Telegraph)

Former Newsweek editor and Pulitzer–winning author Jon Meacham has been named executive editor and executive vice president at Random House, his longtime publisher. (Publishers Weekly)

As it turns out, book collecting may be a reasonably sound long-term investment strategy, as long as you don't ever need actual liquid currency. (CNBC)

J. D. Salinger didn't granted audio rights to Catcher and the Rye before his death in January, so the Library of Congress' recording of the famous novel is legally available only to the blind. (Canadian Press)

Did you know there's an author who is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as an inductee into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame? Meet Thomas McGuane, if you haven't already. (New York Times)