David Foster Wallace on paper; Afghan women poets in photos and couplets; the dangers of computerized essay evaluation; and other news.
MacKenzie Bezos—wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—posted a one-star review of Brad Stone’s The Everything Store; Mariel Hemingway revealed that her family didn’t speak of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide; Dr. George Walkden argues that the opening of Beowulf has been misconstrued for hundreds of years; and other news.
FBI suspected author William Vollman of being the Unabomber and terrorist; Goodreads community faces behavior issues; the Millions examines how selling used books affects the soul, and other news.
The Today Show resurrects book club with fantasy novel; Jonathan Franzen's debut novel turns twenty-five; query letter adivce; female protagonists gain depth; and other news.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Sophie Cabot Black's The Exchange and Brian Kimberling's Snapper, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Today, Karl Marlantes's debut novel is garnering praise for its vivid, trenchant portrayal of American soldiers in the thick of the Vietnam War. But for more than thirty years, the manuscript languished in literary purgatory, while the author struggled to find an agent—not to mention a publisher—willing to take it on.
Simon & Schuster has created Archway Publishing, a self-publishing service; a copyright law that allows authors to purge thirty-five-year-old publishing contracts will take effect in 2013; Michelle Seaton explains how to get past your submission phobia; and other news.
Kathryn Starbuck has been around poets and poetry all her life, but she never wrote a single poem herself until about seven years ago, when she was grieving over the recent deaths of her parents, brother, and especially her beloved husband, the poet George Starbuck, who died in 1996 at the age of sixty-five, after a twenty-two-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Author Thomas Nesbit announced this week that he will donate half the earnings from his e-book Deep Fried to the nonprofit 826 National, which runs literacy centers for school-aged children in seven American cities. This is the first such pledge to the organization by a debut novelist.