Authors to auction off character names for charity; Halloween costumes of famous authors; post-apocalyptic novels; and other news.
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Wattpad acquires the Red Room; Little Free Library arsonist at large; a reading in honor of Edward Snowden; and other news.
Jessica Grose gleans advice from Janet Malcolm's new book, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers; Macmillan is launching a new nonfiction division headed by Bob Miller; Nichole Bernier gathers tips for reading on stage from several authors, including J. Courtney Sullivan, Cheryl Strayed, and Alexander Chee; 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.
Amazon fired the security company accused of mistreating foreign-born temp workers; a federal jury awarded Patricia Cornwell over fifty million dollars in damages; a major theme of this year's PEN World Voices Festival is bravery; and other news.
GalleyCat explains ways to submit your novel in 2013; today is the last day to vote in the Above and Beyond Award 2013; the New Yorker looks back at the best literary feuds of 2012; and other news.
The Guardian attended a writing workshop to help authors pen more compelling sex scenes; the Charles Dickens Museum has reopened after a complete restoration; the Brooklyn Rail takes a close look at the low-residency MFA program at Bard College; and other news.
HarperCollins has handed its distribution business in the United States to commercial printing giant RR Donnelley; Robin Beth Schaer writes of serving aboard the historic ship Bounty, which was lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy; GalleyCat explains why you should write by hand; and other news.
HBO's Girls creator Lena Dunham's first collection of essays sold to Random House for a reported 3.7 million dollars; Jason Diamond reports on attending a sold out reading by Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City; the University of Missouri changed its decision to close the University of Missouri Press; and other news.