Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell was recently mobbed by autograph seekers in China; Amazon has launched the India Kindle Store; designer Craig Mod provides his insight regarding producing books for specific platforms; and other news.
A. N. Devers looks at how the home of the Baltimore Ravens has treated the Poe House and Museum; the cover of fiftieth anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has been lampooned; Benjamin Nugent considers the upside of writerly distraction; and other news
The Wall Street Journal looks at the estate of William Faulkner; Anakana Schofield details the vagaries of publicizing a first novel; Pop Chart Lab created a poster of the chapter-by-chapter breakdown of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
Amazon is reportedly looking to rent half-a-million square feet of office space in New York City; nineteen Charles Bukowski drawings were rediscovered at a book fair; Jillian Goodman considers Michelle Orange’s This is Running for Your Life; and other news.
Michelle Dean takes a detailed look at the game of women's memoir; Paisley Rekdal comes to the defense of the poetry workshop; J. Robert Lennon dispenses advice for the literary-minded and lovelorn alike; 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.
Random House profits soar with Fifty Shades trilogy; Flavorwire features photos of famous authors as teenagers; Penguin releases a new collection of Marcel Proust’s poetry; and other news.
Nearly two thousand publishers are heading to Mexico this month for what organizers say is the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair; a prequel is in the works for the late Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot novels; Scholastic has pulled a title from its elementary school book fairs after the author refused to rewrite a same-sex couple as heterosexual; and other news.
Former publicist Marilyn Ducksworth is suing Penguin alleging age discrimination; Evan Hughes examines the murder case that captured the public's imagination and resulted in several books, including Errol Morris's new A Wilderness of Error; Peter Osnos looks at the burgeoning industry of self-publishing; and other news.
Nora Ephron, author of the best-selling novel, Heartburn, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, passed away yesterday in New York City; a consortium of California library systems is working out an agreement with self-publishing platform Smashwords; Bloomberg reports Google will unveil a tablet device at its developers conference in San Francisco; and other news.