VIDA staff shares the books that changed their lives; Amazon plans to open San Diego bookstore; Morgan Jerkins on black women writers’ diaries; and other news.
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Paul Lisicky on Flannery O’Connor; an argument for performed poetry; Orson Welles’s disdain for Hemingway; and other news.
Whiting Foundation appoints new board president; HBO picks up adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things; President Obama and Marilynne Robinson’s conversation continued; and other news.
A growing market for children’s nonfiction; a hefty new compilation of Bob Dylan’s lyrics; J. K. Rowling’s Twitter riddle solved; and other news.
Sarabande Books opens new offices in New York City; Gary Shteyngart to decrease blurbing habit; a “poetry fence” in Alexandria, Virginia; and other news.
A game show winner turned bookseller; literary apps using cartography; the history behind Wes Anderson’s muse; and other news.
New York City’s Rare Book Week; the exploitation of Detroit’s decay; writers reflect on the portrayal of Appalachia; and other news.
Kiese Laymon on the politics of black male action; Patrick Leigh Fermor book and Tennessee Williams short story each published after an eighty-year wait; Scribd’s new travel book section; and other news.
Digital Book World reports e-book revenue growth is slowing; Dwight Garner parses the legacy of the Oxford American; the Millions features useful holiday gifts ideas for writers; and other news.
In the United Kingdom, thieves robbed Brontë Chapel, where the Brontë sisters were baptized; Arthur Krystal explores the sometimes-heated discussion concerning genre and literary fiction; literary agent Janet Reid offers advice to writers interested in self-publishing.