William Styron's New Book of Revelatory Letters, Gift Ideas for Literature Lovers, 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:

Recently, PBS NewsHour spoke with Staten Islander Jennifer Fitzgerald about how poetry can help search for meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile, NPR's All Things Considered interviewed Rose Styron about her late husband, novelist William Styron, and what the new book of his correspondence reveals about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

The Obama family visited an independent bookstore, One More Page, in Virginia this weekend to promote Small Business Saturday. (Reuters)

Dave Eggers likes Green Apple Books in San Francisco; Pete Hamill frequents New York City's famous Strand—these are just a few authors featured in My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. (Atlantic)

Proving it's never too late to write, Flavorwire rounds up a collection of "literary late bloomers," including Charles Bukowski, and Deborah Eisenberg.

And if you need a nudge writing that first novel, MediaBistro found a Random Line Generator.

For lit-minded holiday shoppers, Book Riot collected gift ideas on its Pinterest board, as did Largehearted Boy's David Gutowski.

And if you're in the holiday spirit, the Los Angeles Review of Books is attempting to raise ten thousand dollars by Friday—if they succeed they'll win a matching grant.