Leslie Jamison signs seven-figure deal with Little, Brown; Cambridge students struggle with poem; documentaries on Susan Sontag and W. S. Merwin; and other news.
Jim Milliot to take the helm at Publishers Weekly; Oscar Wilde edition play goes up for auction; Hachette sales down; and other news.
Going to the library increases happiness; Camille Rankine and Mary Gaitskill on the importance of being earnest; gay sex in fiction; and other news.
Paul Simon remembers Seamus Heaney; Irvine Welsh joins graphic novel team; life as an openly gay writer in Kenya; and other news.
Joan Didion reviews Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me; looking ahead to the Los Angeles Festival of Books; British libraries branch out to attract visitors; and other news.
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.
The University of Central Lancashire has created an MA program designed to teach students self-publishing; the Seattle Times investigates Amazon’s long-term strategy; Roxana Robinson shares her thoughts on the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; and other news.
J. K. Rowling has filed a libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail; Amazon announced its net sales increased 22 percent in 2013; classicist Dirk Obbink discovered two unknown poems by Sappho; and other news.
In response to anti-gay legislation in Nigeria, celebrated Kenyan memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina announced he is gay; Amazon will offer retail stores a Kindle-based checkout system; Amanda Bullock lists twenty-nine books every person should read before marrying; and other news.
The Poetry Off the Shelf podcast includes a discussion of Apple’s new iPad commercial, which features the poetry of Walt Whitman; Seattle’s city council voted yesterday in support of an UNESCO City of Literature; Peter Schjeldahl talks about the enigmatic William S. Burroughs; and other news.