Researchers believe they may have found a computer algorithm that will predict bestsellers; Twitter announced its second annual fiction festival for March 12–16; A Million Little Pieces author James Frey landed a two million dollar film deal with 20th Century Fox; and other news.
Harvard has named jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock its 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry; Ruth Graham ponders the many plagiarism scandals of 2013; Brain Pickings showcases the audio of William Faulkner’s 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech; and other news.
Former New Jersey poet laureate Amiri Baraka died yesterday at age seventy-nine; sales of Barnes & Noble’s Nook fell 60.5 percent over the nine-week holiday season; Graywolf editor Jeff Shotts discusses the art of rejection; and other news.
J. K. Rowling is collaborating on an adaptation of Harry Potter for the London stage; the Poetry Foundation staff share the books of poetry they loved in 2013; Hector Tobar ponders if book banning is on the rise across America; and other news.
Ireland’s Arts Council has launched a search for a laureate to represent Irish fiction; a worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey was killed in an industrial accident; Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes graphic novel; and other news.
A scholar at Boston University offers a theory that Charles Dickens may have been inspired by the factory workers of Lowell, Massachusetts; the New York Times selects the best book cover designs of 2013; the Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill, California, will close at the end of this month; and other news.
Luc Sante reflects on the colorful life of iconic musician and poet Lou Reed; author Lionel Shriver discusses the current mode of success for writers; the last poem by Seamus Heaney; and other news.
Amazon is reportedly looking to rent half-a-million square feet of office space in New York City; nineteen Charles Bukowski drawings were rediscovered at a book fair; Jillian Goodman considers Michelle Orange’s This is Running for Your Life; and other news.
Amazon announced upgraded versions of its Kindle Fire tablets; Zoë Heller and Mohsin Hamid debate whether fictional characters should be likable; Andrew Scott shares his thoughts with authors on self-promotion; and other news.