The state of Kentucky has appointed Frank X Walker its new poet laureate; after a brief hospitalization, poet Maya Angelou is resting at home; Ester Bloom refutes the claim that male readers don't read female authors; and other news.
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Barnes & Noble announced its Nook revenues would not meet expectations; J. Robert Lennon explains why some writers strive to be rock star musicians; Ploughshares advises how to get out of the slush pile; and other news.
A dispute over the ownership of case files that informed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood have cast doubts on the veracity of sections of Capote’s masterpiece; to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, the Guardian asked several writers to comment on what Plath’s work means to them, including Jennifer Egan, Sharon Olds, and Lena Dunham; novelist Caroline Leavitt shares a tale of love lost and found, and a pet tortoise named Minnie; and other news.
GalleyCat lists a few ideas of how authors can make use of Twitter’s new Vine; Peter Osnos considers the fate of Barnes & Noble; Publishers Lunch has created a new edition of Buzz Books—a free e-book which features excerpts from upcoming releases; and other news.
James Lasdun details how it feels to be stalked by a former MFA student; Ms. magazine lists its favorite books of poetry by women for 2012; David Sedaris explains why he allowed a film adaptation of his essay “C.O.G."; and other news.
Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.
Mira Ptacin visits author E. B. White's Maine hideaway; CAConrad's best of the small press list for 2012; Octopus Books and Tin House Books will collaborate on a new poetry series; and other news.
Apple announced it intends to assemble a line of computers in the United States; novelist Jonathan Evison candidly reveals exactly how much he's earned from his books; Jeanette Winterson, Caroline Leavitt, Lauren Slater, and Lauren Groff discuss why they read Joan Didion; and other news.
Simon & Schuster reports its sales were down last quarter, yet earnings rose; Vanity Fair visits with novelist and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes; crime writer Nancy Mancuso Gelber was recently imprisoned for contracting to murder her husband; and other news.
In the spirit of year-end best-of reading lists, we offer Joshua Bodwell’s Baker’s Dozen 2011 as a companion to his article “You Are What You Read: The Art of Inspired Reading Lists,” which appears in the January/February 2012 issue's special section on inspiration.