Open Road hires Ira Silverberg; the Los Angeles Times profiles City Lights Bookstore; an artist reimagines works by Cormac McCarthy and others; and other news.
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In a continuing series examining the state of literature abroad, poets Amjad Etry and Hala Mohammad and filmmaker Muhammad Bayazid discuss the challenges that writers and artists face amidst ongoing political turmoil in Syria.
The Daily Beast offers a life-affirming reading list; Kitchen Sink Press has donated its archives to Columbia University; test your literary knowledge with a quiz gleaned from Jeopardy champion Tom Nissley’s A Reader’s Book of Days; and other news.
Margaret Atwood remembers Nobel-winning author Doris Lessing, who died yesterday at age ninety-four; right-wing extremists have destroyed a statue of Hungarian Jewish poet Radnóti Miklós; Elissa Schappell offers advice on story endings; and other news.
Gawker examines the critical adulation and controversy surrounding Dave Eggers’s The Circle; the Center for Jewish History in New York City will to open a rare books room; the New York Times speaks with poet Tess Taylor, a descendent of Thomas Jefferson; and other news.
Tech start-up Oyster has launched a Netflix-like service for books; Jennifer Vanderbes argues the evolutionary merits of narrative storytelling; Rachel Weisz will create a screen adaptation of Jennifer Gilmore’s The Mothers; and other news.
Indian police arrested poet Kanwal Bharti after he criticized his government on Facebook; Rebecca Mead weighs in on the vitriolic response to Jane Austen on the ten-pound note; a film adaptation of Ann Leary’s The Good House is in the works with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in the lead roles; and other news.
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned; Vikram Seth asked to return a $1.7 million advance; poet David Shook hopes to fund a Poetry Drone that will drop poems instead of bombs; and other news.
Publishers Weekly reports on the closing arguments in the DOJ lawsuit against Apple; a salesman for Wiley is charged with the theft of almost three million dollars in books; poet Elizabeth Alexander remembers her late husband; and other news.
Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA; Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy; a new project from Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy documents the oral folk poems of the Afghan people; and other news.