Ways to Share Books With Troops, Exodus at Granta, 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:

For Memorial Day, GalleyCat delivers five ways of sharing books and e-books with our men and women in the armed services.

The Los Angeles Times reports that brick-and-mortar bookstores saw a dramatic increase in foot traffic in the first quarter of 2013, including Barnes & Noble.

The board of directors of News Corp. approved the division of the media giant. The split will occur June 28, making 21st Century Fox and News Corp separate publicly traded companies.

The Guardian has more on the staff exodus at Granta.

Brain Pickings showcases the favorite books of one hundred and twenty-five writers. (Spoiler: Faulkner beats Hemingway.)

For the beginning of summer, Flavorwire offers twenty smart books for the beach.

Boing Boing features literary critic Edmund Wilson's form rejection letter.

Meanwhile, in an essay concerning posthumous publishing against an author's wishes, Roxana Robinson asks, “Should we be deprived of Edmund Wilson’s private diaries simply because they reveal his shoe fetishism?” (New Yorker)