Welsh Bookstore Raffled Off to Customer, Literary Beef, 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:

A customer from the Netherlands has won the raffle for the Bookends Bookshop in Cardigan, West Wales. For the last three months the current owner of Bookends allowed anyone who spent more than £20 to enter the raffle to take over the profitable shop. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Atlas Obscura visits Rita Collins’s mobile bookshop, Saint Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary, which is run out of a van equipped with solar panels, typewriters, and electronic musical instruments.

Hua Hsu searches for a “a version of literary history that is animated not by camaraderie, or by the friendly rivalry of a close-knit cohort, but by antipathy, insecurity, jealousy.” (Lapham’s Quarterly)

Literary Hub highlights the most recommended books coming out this fall.

Michael Donkor talks with NPR about traditionalism, Ghanaian culture, and his debut novel, Housegirl.

Dave Itzkoff profiles actress Sally Field, whose memoir, In Pieces, will be published by Simon & Schuster next week. (New York Times)

From Hippocrates to Don Paterson, Brian Dillon considers the history and modern state of the aphorism. (New Yorker)

Ten books everyone lies about having read. (Reader’s Digest)