Sarabande Books opens new offices in New York City; Gary Shteyngart to decrease blurbing habit; a “poetry fence” in Alexandria, Virginia; and other news.
Amazon has launched a Kindle First program that allows readers early access to certain titles; Jason Diamond rounds up ten must-read November books; Salt Publishing’s Linda Bennett offers an author challenge for NaNoWriMo; and other news.
A new story by bestselling Japanese author Haruki Murakami is available free online; Hector Tobar reports that the Texas Book Festival has received bad press over a lack of diversity in this year’s roster; the current issue of Poetry includes four letters by Robert Creeley; and other news.
Little, Brown will publish Donna Tartt's much-anticipated third novel, The Goldfinch, on October 22, 2013; Chilean authorities have ordered the exhumation of Pablo Neruda to investigate the poet’s death; novelist Sam Lipsyte discusses the awkwardness of writing about sex; and other news.
Two of the world's largest publishers, Random House and Penguin, are discussing a merger; novelist Rick Moody was the victim of a ring of hackers and identity thieves; Donald Hall provides thoughts on the ubiquitous public poetry reading, and rich details from his career as an acclaimed poet; and other news.
CantoMundo, a burgeoning Latino poets workshop in its second year, has become the third organization to make up an unofficial triad aimed at nurturing the work of American poets of color.
Eleven years after the publication of his best-selling debut story collection, Junot Díaz’s follow-up has finally arrived.