Zola Books will sell exclusive e-book editions of several titles by Joan Didion; Oleg Kashin looks at the disparate careers of poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Joseph Brodsky; New Hampshire’s RiverRun Bookstore has opened a new branch in Kittery, Maine; and other news.
Joyce Maynard discusses her relationship with J. D. Salinger; Natasha Trethewey showcases a poetry project that helps dementia patients; Joshua Ferris explores the iconic male hero; and other news.
Indian police arrested poet Kanwal Bharti after he criticized his government on Facebook; Rebecca Mead weighs in on the vitriolic response to Jane Austen on the ten-pound note; a film adaptation of Ann Leary’s The Good House is in the works with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in the lead roles; and other news.
New York's Hudson Valley is a great place for independent bookstores; Charles Simic discusses decades of reading his poetry in venues across the country; the extraordinarily successful career of poet Carl Sandburg; and other news.
Poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Haas are risking arrest today in protest of the Keystone XL extension pipeline; Kera Bolonik reports that a letter written by T. S. Eliot in 1957 has been discovered; Kate Bolick looks at the life and work of Edna St. Vincent Millay; and other news.
A Saudi novelist, Turki al-Hamad, was reportedly arrested in the Saudi kingdom after questioning Islamic fundamentalism via Twitter; Carolyn Kellogg, Michael Schaub, Roxane Gay, and other book critics discuss their ten favorite books of 2012; Gawker created a list of "least important writers"; and other news.
The Guardian attended a writing workshop to help authors pen more compelling sex scenes; the Charles Dickens Museum has reopened after a complete restoration; the Brooklyn Rail takes a close look at the low-residency MFA program at Bard College; and other news.
Apple announced it intends to assemble a line of computers in the United States; novelist Jonathan Evison candidly reveals exactly how much he's earned from his books; Jeanette Winterson, Caroline Leavitt, Lauren Slater, and Lauren Groff discuss why they read Joan Didion; 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.