Ted Gioia examines the state of the fragmented novel; IndieReader lists a few ways self-published authors are ripped off; Reese Witherspoon will star in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild; and other news.
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Boris Kachka weighs in on the Penguin Random House merger; Shelf Awareness has an update in reclusive author Harper Lee's lawsuit against her former agent; Brain Pickings features a rare BBC recording of Sylvia Plath; and other news.
Elon Green recounts a historic shakeup at the New Yorker; Jason Diamond lists this year’s ten best books of nonfiction; a map to find your way around writer’s block; and other news.
Shelf Awareness reports Amazon has made Kindle sales pitches to independent bookstores; swimwear maker Orlebar Brown has partnered with the Paris Review; a secret poet is posting positive words all over the town of Lynn, Massachusetts; and other news.
Italian scholars believe the oldest Torah scroll in existence has been discovered; Boris Kachka reports from BookExpo America; Kristopher Jansma takes the pulse of independent bookstores; and other news.
Don Share has been named editor of Poetry; Hector Tobar reports new details have arisen concerning the 1975 assassination of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton; Macmillan CEO John Sargent's candid thoughts about the DOJ lawsuit; and other news.
Jessica Grose gleans advice from Janet Malcolm's new book, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers; Macmillan is launching a new nonfiction division headed by Bob Miller; Nichole Bernier gathers tips for reading on stage from several authors, including J. Courtney Sullivan, Cheryl Strayed, and Alexander Chee; and other news.
BookExpo America is this week in New York City, and e-books take center stage; You Are One of Them author Elliott Holt discusses a favorite Chekhov story; the Atlantic explores why Sylvia Plath commands the public imagination; and other news.
A documentary about the life and work of George Plimpton is out today; a lost novel manuscript by Pearl Buck was found in a Texas storage unit, and will be published this October; Ron Charles details how a bad review can transform into good blurb; and other news.
Andrew Leonard exposes the identity of a vengeful Wikipedia editor is novelist Robert Clark Young; Stephen King will publish his next book Joyland only in print; Hector Tobar considers the newfound popularity of the late author Roberto Bolaño; and other news.