Random House will release eight Norman Mailer e-books for the first time; GalleyCat details a nonfiction query that was rejected seventy-five times before it landed an agent; Pankaj Mishra and Jennifer Szalai discuss radical politics in contemporary fiction; and other news.
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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired McSweeney’s archive; Ron Charles reports independent bookstore owners were not pleased with President Obama’s recent speech at an Amazon warehouse; Jason Diamond lists twenty-three writers who are keeping poetry vital; and other news.
J. K. Rowling received a cash settlement from her law firm; Rebecca J. Rosen looks at the current state of copyright law; Jason Boog showcases a tool to help writers collaborate online; and other news.
The merger of Penguin and Random House is complete; Ron Rosenbaum examines what mysteries can be gleaned from the letters of J. D. Salinger; Anna North explains why she hates books; and other news.
Barnes & Noble announced it’s discontinuing the Nook Tablet; industry insiders share thoughts on the Random House and Penguin merger; France is reportedly considering a ban on some of Amazon's practices; and other news.
The Los Angeles Times reports e-books helped increase overall United States book sales; David Haglund explains the fabricated claim that Dostoevsky met with Charles Dickens; Wendy Francis pens a letter to an aspiring author; and other news.
Helen Zell will give fifty million dollars to the writing program at the University of Michigan; Siddhartha Mitter reports from the Congo Literary Festival; the Telegraph ranks the worst sex scenes in contemporary literature; and other news.
Three indy bookstores have filed a lawsuit against Amazon and the big six publishers; poet and critic Adam Kirsch takes the pulse of the contemporary essay; Volume 1 Brooklyn dedicated its first in a series of literary trading cards to David Foster Wallace; 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.
Simon & Schuster will release a biography of the late J. D. Salinger this fall; Dale Smith looks at the life and work of Beat poet Diane di Prima; a feature film is in the works of Joan Didion's 1977 novel A Book of Common Prayer; and other news.