A game show winner turned bookseller; literary apps using cartography; the history behind Wes Anderson’s muse; and other news.
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An author faces the threat of arrest after asking to protest; writing fiction helps a start-up; Ralph Ellison’s portrait unveiled in Oklahoma; and other news.
The Millions rounds up the best literary tweets on Twitter; Flavorwire showcases twelve author selfies; Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss how a story’s classic marriage plot holds up; and other news.
Philip Roth restated that he is finished with the writing of novels; a new fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting has been found; Wired reports the cost of the Amazon Prime program will increase significantly; and other news.
The New Yorker published an excerpt of Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch; the Telegraph lists several products that use poets to move merchandise, including potato chips; USA Today details why generations of readers still love Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and other news.
The Boston Globe reports that Amazon is working on a new product at its lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Paramount has purchased film rights to Sabaa Tahir’s first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, for seven-figures; Callie Leuck weighs in on the Oxford comma; and other news.
Oyster, the Netflix-like service for literature, has raised fourteen million dollars in investments; Richard Nash will leave Small Demons and join Byliner; Benjamin Percy’s novel Red Moon has been optioned by FOX TV as a potential series; and other news.
Researchers believe they may have found a computer algorithm that will predict bestsellers; Twitter announced its second annual fiction festival for March 12–16; A Million Little Pieces author James Frey landed a two million dollar film deal with 20th Century Fox; and other news.
E-book companies Scribd and Smashwords have inked a global partnership agreement; a new program based in Detroit—Write A House—is offering a writing residency that never ends; Dave Eggers discusses living in America in the wake of the NSA spying revelations; and other news.
A scholar at Boston University offers a theory that Charles Dickens may have been inspired by the factory workers of Lowell, Massachusetts; the New York Times selects the best book cover designs of 2013; the Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill, California, will close at the end of this month; and other news.