Barry Harbaugh argues for editors; the New York Times’s haiku contest; Verso Books begin selling e-books directly to customers; and other news.
Cheryl Strayed visits Wisconsin; Melville House wonders if the author is dead; books to help with midlife crises; and other news.
Slam poet and cultural icon Maggie Estep has died; Kwame Dawes writes Olympics-inspired poetry; Apple loses recent appeal in e-book case; and other news.
Journalists find themselves under increasing threat of violence as protests continue in Ukraine; Sheryl Sandberg's 2013 best-selling book Lean In will become a movie; comedian Stephen Colbert's audiobook has won a Grammy; the Huffington Post rounds up the fifteen hottest romances in literature; and other news.
A galley copy of Ian Hamilton’s unpublished biography of J. D. Salinger is up for auction; Tim Ferriss announced he is launching an audiobook publisher; the Independent recalls the life and work of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas; and other news.
Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev is on a hunger strike in protest of his nation’s government; Lee Siegel considers the fate of humanities programs in America universities; Adjoa Andoh reads Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; and other news.
The merger of Penguin and Random House is complete; Ron Rosenbaum examines what mysteries can be gleaned from the letters of J. D. Salinger; Anna North explains why she hates books; and other news.
In a recent interview, Alice Munro indicated she might be retiring; Laura C. Mallonee chases the ghost of poet Elizabeth Bishop across Manhattan; Kelsey Osgood reveals her childhood attraction to Kafka; and other news.
Two months after the National Federation of the Blind and eight other disability groups wrote a strongly worded letter to Random House asking the publisher to reconsider its decision to deactivate the Amazon Kindle 2's text-to-speech function for its e-book titles, Random House last week went ahead with its plan to disable the software, provoking a sharp rebuke from the coalition.
Barack Obama prevailed last night over two former presidents—Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—to win a 2008 Grammy Award for the spoken-word recording of his book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Random House Audio, 2006). Obama received his first Grammy in 2005 for the audio recording of Dreams From My Father (Random House Audio, 2005).