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.
British prison officials defend ban on books; the unconventional path to a writing career; the benefits of writing in the Midwest; and other news.
Joyce Carol Oates reviews Lorrie Moore; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s foray into film; The Unauthorized Audubon; and other news.
Historians discuss the mystery of 12 Years a Slave author Solomon Northup; a new book looks at the shipping industry; an artist creates a new exhibit out of used books; and other news.
Author advocates autonomy for sex workers; Wes Anderson discusses Stefan Zweig; the Irish Grey Gardens; and other news.
The executive director of the Center for Black Literature celebrates a decade of service and looks forward to this month’s National Black Writers Conference in New York City.
McSweeney’s releases a Portlandia-themed activity book; a new biography of Louis Armstrong; novelist Eleanor Catton on the seasons of writing; and other news.
Philip Roth restated that he is finished with the writing of novels; a new fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting has been found; Wired reports the cost of the Amazon Prime program will increase significantly; and other news.
The Boston Globe reports that Amazon is working on a new product at its lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Paramount has purchased film rights to Sabaa Tahir’s first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, for seven-figures; Callie Leuck weighs in on the Oxford comma; and other news.