Another executive of Barnes & Noble’s Nook division has reportedly left the company; Amazon is expanding its Kindle business in Brazil; the Irish Times examines the last days of William Butler Yeats; and other news.
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Vice magazine features Yahya Hassan, a teenage Danish Palestinian poet whose first collection is the most popular book of Danish poetry in history; NBC News spotlights the income disparity between adjunct and tenured professors in the United States; BuzzFeed wants to know if you can guess the identity of a classic novel after reading its first sentence; and other news.
Harvard has named jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock its 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry; Ruth Graham ponders the many plagiarism scandals of 2013; Brain Pickings showcases the audio of William Faulkner’s 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech; and other news.
Former New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka died yesterday at age seventy-nine; sales of Barnes & Noble’s Nook fell 60.5 percent over the nine-week holiday season; Graywolf editor Jeff Shotts discusses the art of rejection; 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 new book reports that Amazon’s stance toward small publishers “was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon ‘should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle’”; Hector Tobar looks at how Amazon and other online booksellers are reacting to compaints over pornographic content; Open Culture found an image of Mark Twain with Nikola Tesla; and other news.
Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere was banned from a school library in Alamogordo, New Mexico; the New Yorker gathered several writers and asked for their thoughts on Alice Munro; Maria Bustillos considers the great James Thurber’s role in the genesis of creative nonfiction; and other news.
The Today Show resurrects book club with fantasy novel; Jonathan Franzen's debut novel turns twenty-five; query letter adivce; female protagonists gain depth; and other news.
Barnes & Noble’s recent earnings were restated; Boston Globe recounts the celebrity status of Edna St. Vincent Millay; Alexander Nazaryan details why readers are consumed with the drinking habits of famous authors; and other news.
Jessica Grose gathered five writing tips from Carl Hiaasen; Jason Diamond considers the strange afterlife of Zelda Fitzgerald; the Faulkner estate lost its lawsuit against the makers of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris; and other news.