Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired McSweeney’s archive .
Canada’s Dundurn, a large independent publishing house, has purchased Thomas Allen Publishers . (National Post)
Ron Charles reports independent bookstore owners were not pleased  with President Obama’s recent speech at an Amazon warehouse. (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, author Ann Patchett—who co-owns Parnassus Books—stated in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that President Obama has done “nothing to curb Amazon’s looming monopoly .” (Shelf Awareness)
Simon & Shuster’s earnings rose in the second quarter . (Publishers Weekly)
In light of Patricia Lockwood’s Awl-published poem “Rape Joke” sweeping across the Internet this week, Jason Diamond lists twenty-three more writers who are keeping poetry vital . (Flavorwire)
In response to Donal Ryan’s forty-seven rejections before his Booker-nominated novel found a home, the New York Times’s Editorial Board offers its thoughts on a healthy and diverse publishing industry .
On the latest Other People podcast, Brad Listi speaks with first-time novelist Adelle Waldman .
Today is Herman Melville’s birthday, and a Moby-Dick marathon reading  in Mystic, Connecticut, is ongoing—with a live video feed.