The Gersh Agency and Diversion Books have launched an imprint to publish titles by Gersh's clients; John Dvorak examines the actual cost of e-books; A. N. Devers looks at autographed first-edition book clubs; and other news.
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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.
Apple CEO Tim Cook testified today in front of a Senate committee to answer questions about Apple's use of tax loopholes; audiences at Cannes were given a taste of Shane Salerno's Salinger documentary; Choire Sicha looks as Blake Bailey's new biography, Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson; and other news.
Pearson has terminated nineteen employees; actor Jeremy Irons revealed his love for T. S. Eliot; the New Yorker surveyed novelists Margaret Atwood, Donald Antrim, Rivka Galchen, and others, asking them to discuss character likeability; and other news.
E-book sales almost doubled in 2012; Ruth Graham investigates the roots of the ubiquitous wedding poem; Benjamin Lytal looks at the close relationship between the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Willa Cather, and other news.
Microsoft is considering purchasing Nook Media LLC for one billion dollars; the New York Times considers how Harvey Weinstein will entice viewers of the upcoming Salinger film; Jessica Francis Kane shares tongue-in-cheek advice on throwing a genre-reveal party; and other news.
The New York Times details the growing phenomenon of selecting a local poet laureate; Maureen Johnson asked her readers to redesign the covers of well-known books by men to highlight gender disparity in the marketplace; Haruki Murakami explains why he translated The Great Gatsby for Japanese readers; and other news.
The state of Kentucky has appointed Frank X Walker its new poet laureate; after a brief hospitalization, poet Maya Angelou is resting at home; Ester Bloom refutes the claim that male readers don't read female authors; and other news.
A free app to help navigate the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; authors in Venice, Italy, have mobilized to save the city's bookshops; novelist Ben Dolnick reveals the writing tricks he's used and ones he's discarded; and other news.
Vermont-based vanity publisher Peter Campbell-Copp has been sentenced to jail for fraud; Scientific American examines the physiological differences between reading print or electronic texts; novelist Randy Susan Meyers discusses the pressures of social media self-promotion; and other news.