Novelist Elizabeth Kostova pays tribute to her longtime writing mentor, the late National Book Award–winning author Peter Matthiessen.
Shakespeare at four hundred; poetry’s etymology; the risk of writing between genres; and other news.
Jane Eyre and the invention of the self; a singer’s homage to poet Anna Akhmatova; Ann Beattie on David Markson; and other news.
Iran censors “wine” in books; National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize submissions now open; poet and Omnidawn Publishing cofounder Rusty Morrison talks about her work as an editor and poet; and other news.
Penguin Random House restructures operations; the lost pulp novel of Gore Vidal; the usefulness of literature; 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.
Amazon's control of the U.K. market; Alicia Silverstone’s parenting advice; which birds are the most faithful partners; and other news.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s first new novel in ten years; remembering Peter Matthiessen, Brendan Behan, and Marina Keegan; what Percy Bysshe Shelley ate; and other news.
Kiese Laymon on the politics of black male action; Patrick Leigh Fermor book and Tennessee Williams short story each published after an eighty-year wait; Scribd’s new travel book section; and other news.
Nadine Gordimer remembers the life and soul of Nelson Mandela; Ursula K. Le Guin discusses the art of writing fiction; book marketing predictions for 2014; and other news.