Former U. S. poet laureate Maxine Kumin died yesterday at age eighty-eight; Penguin Random House will close two Penguin warehouses as it restructures; Alexander Chee examines the nature of pervasive Internet outrage; 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.
Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about the New York Review of Books will be shown as a work-in-progress at Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale; Rivka Galchen and Pankaj Mishra discuss the contemporary heirs of the innovative modernist James Joyce; Apple could face $840 million in antitrust claims as a result of the e-book price-fixing trial; and other news.
Julie Bosman reports that St. Martin’s Press has offered an eight-figure book deal to Sylvia Day; Pew Research reveals the percentage of adults who read e-books is rising; the Academy of American Poets announced that poets Khaled Mattawa and Alberto Ríos will serve on its Board of Chancellors; and other news.
Harvard has named jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock its 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry; Ruth Graham ponders the many plagiarism scandals of 2013; Brain Pickings showcases the audio of William Faulkner’s 1954 Nobel Prize acceptance speech; and other news.
The Millions previews the most anticipated books of 2014; Roxane Gay mines the troubling notion that female protagonists must be likable; Smashwords founder Mark Coker reported that the self-published e-book distributor added around 25,000 authors last year; and other news.
Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch has caused a spike in ticket sales at the Frick Museum; Paul Theroux reads “The Letter Writers” by British author Elizabeth Taylor; Dorothea Lasky discusses the power of poetry; and other news.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features YesYes Books, a new poetry press that is paving the way for new forms of multimedia publishing.
Two new e-book services, the New York City–based Oyster and San Francisco–based Scribd, introduce a Netflix-like service for the literary set, offering unlimited access to digital libraries by subscription.
Flavorwire offers a list of great literary catchphrases; the New York Times examines the year in film adaptations of books and short stories; a holiday guide to e-readers; and other news.