A canonical poem’s many parodies; Harper Lee novel breaks sales records; our cultural obsession with newness; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Alice Munro honored on Canada Post stamp, Hachette Australia ends controversial publicity campaign; “cooked versus raw” poetry debate continues; and other news.
How Harper Lee’s new novel will affect her literary legacy; a ghostwriter’s experience; American author groups demand Amazon antitrust investigation; and other news.
Early reviews of Watchman spark public debate; established authors share their bad writing; former babies delivered by William Carlos Williams to gather in New Jersey this month; and other news.
Poet Kwame Dawes interviewed at Los Angeles Review of Books; mainstream publishers champion gay-themed comics; author Graham Swift talks about his return to short stories; and other news.
Rae Armantrout discusses her new poetry collection; Amazon’s review policy sparks backlash; the effort to save William Blake’s cottage continues; and other news.
The Loft Literary Center gets new executive director; “The Red Wheelbarrow’s” unsung inspiration; the persistence of literary magazines; and other news.
Rabbi urges Amazon to pull Holocaust denial books; Wall Street Journal to post first chapter of Harper Lee novel online; a conversation with Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and other news.
Authors reflect on Juan Felipe Herrera’s poet laureate appointment; Harper Lee novel may have been discovered years ago; P. J. Harvey publishes first poetry collection; and other news.
Poetry anthology remembers Mexico’s disappeared students; Barnes & Noble appoints new CEO; Dartmouth sponsors robot poetry contest; and other news.
Germany proposes curfew for buying erotic e-books; Poetry Flash faces potential closure; Jonathan Galassi on his new novel; and other news.
James Patterson announces first round of library grants; Egypt seizes Islamic fundamentalist texts; a debate on genre labeling; and other news.
Bookstores plan events for Go Set a Watchman release; Haruki Murakami remembers the moment he became a novelist; Zadie Smith coauthors a sci-fi script; and other news.
Margaret Atwood draws cartoons for a Kickstarter project; Argentine writer could face jail time for remixing Borges story; the enduring resonance of Khalil Gibran; and other news.
Women writers discuss their Twitter experiences; defending creative writing classes; August Kleinzahler on John Berryman; and other news.
New Fifty Shades novel sells more than one million copies; how the Talmud became a best-seller in South Korea; Yale library acquires Chipotle “Cultivating Thought” cups; and other news.
The Librarian of Congress’s influence on U.S. copyright law; why many book publishers don’t pay for fact-checking; Canadian libraries protest high e-book costs; and other news.
The language of prayer; world’s best indie bookstores; T. S. Eliot’s early years; and other news.
Fan fiction takes on a life of its own; Pronoun receives new funding; father-daughter writing competitiveness; and other news.
Amazon and Penguin Random House reach agreement; Istanbul bookstore becomes oasis for Arabic readers; Joshua Cohen on writing a novel in the Internet age; and other news.
Melville House sends Torture Report to presidential candidates; Amazon changes royalty terms for Kindle authors; exiled Uzbekistani writer’s new story; and other news.
Juan Felipe Herrera interviewed; self-loathing and creativity; contempt for contemporary poetry; and other news.
New Indian women’s writing anthology; Harper Lee’s letters fail to sell at auction; Jonathan Franzen on his forthcoming novel; and other news.
Jenny Diski faces cancer with prose; writersofcolor.org launched; Anne Roiphe on her fifty-year writing career; and other news.
Cervantes receives formal burial; Lawrence Ferlinghetti continues to publish at age ninety-six; the rise of the “writers space”; and other news.