The New York Times interviews Jason Merkoski, the leader of the team who built Amazon's first Kindle; Chilean authorities have exhumed Pablo Neruda to test his remains for poison; Anne Margaret Daniel details how F. Scott Fitzgerald reacted to the first film version of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
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Warner Brothers has filed a countersuit against Tolkien's estate, which sued Warner last year for eighty million dollars over unapproved Lord of the Rings merchandise; a University of Texas student discovered writing composed by Jupiter Hammon, the earliest published African-American poet; The Tragedy of Mister Morn, a previously unpublished play by Vladimir Nabokov is out next week from Knopf; and other news.
Barnes & Noble announced a major expansion of its NOOK Video offerings; the Wall Street Journal reports Disney-owned Hyperion is selling off its backlist to focus on publishing titles that promote its ABC television properties; Zainab Bahrani details the struggle to save the National Library of Iraq from oblivion; and other news.
The founder of Barnes & Noble wants to purchase Barnes & Noble's retail stores and website; poet Wang Ping has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Macalester College; ten of the most divisive authors in recent memory; and other news.
A new Thomas Pynchon novel will be published this September; Nicholas Thompson reveals the magazine article origins of the Oscar-winning film Argo; nine free college-level writing and literature classes; and other news.
The Wall Street Journal shines a light on a company called ResultSource, which purchases vast amounts of an author's books to game the bestseller lists; Sarah Jaffe examines gender disparity in books and culture reporting; Seth Fried explains how to interpret your rejection letters; and other news.
The DOJ has approved the merger of Random House and Penguin; fourteen poets reveal their favorite love poems for Valentine’s Day; Library Lournal takes the pulse of today’s erotic fiction; and other news.
Macmillan settled with the Department of Justice over e-book pricing; Brain Pickings uncovers a touching letter from Charles Dickens to his son; a series of humorous vignettes by Virginia Woolf will be published for the first time; and other news.
Reagan Arthur has been named the next publisher of Little, Brown; David L. Ulin discusses the newly-published work of New Yorker legend Joseph Mitchell; novelist Alix Ohlin considers the intricate relationship between male writers and female readers; and other news.