MacKenzie Bezos—wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—posted a one-star review of Brad Stone’s The Everything Store; Mariel Hemingway revealed that her family didn’t speak of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide; Dr. George Walkden argues that the opening of Beowulf has been misconstrued for hundreds of years; and other news.
Indigo intends to create shops inside forty Apple stores; GalleyCat gathered several free templates that work with Scrivener; Elizabeth Sullivan explores the connections between poetry and therapy; and other news.
For Father's Day, Terrance Hayes responds to the work of Robert Hayden; bookstore sales dropped 5 percent in April; Flavorwire looks at the book paintings of Ekaterina Panikanova; and other news.
Penguin Group has settled with the Department of Justice over the e-book pricing lawsuit; Roxane Gay reminds us there are writers who live places other than New York City; the Los Angeles Times has a reading list for the Maya apocalypse; and other news.
Jennifer Egan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, has left Knopf, and joined Scribner, which reportedly offered Egan seven figures for her next two books; Patti Smith intends to write a sequel to Just Kids; Elissa Schappell lists her favorite books of 2012; and other news.
Ayana Mathis tells Salon what it was like to receive a career-changing phone call from Oprah Winfrey; critic Dwight Garner tours literary Manhattan; Graywolf Press will publish the first full-length poetry collection by actor James Franco; and other news.
The BBC will create a six-episode series based on Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; Emma Komlos-Hrobsky writes of attending a Sylvia Plath symposium in Bloomington, Indiana; New York magazine's Kathryn Schulz lists her ten favorite books of 2012; and other news.
A new study suggests back-lit tablet devices may be the best choice for readers with macular degeneration; ten rewards and risks to consider before self-publishing; Jason Pontin explores how "authoring tools can suggest novel styles of writing"; and other news.
HarperCollins has handed its distribution business in the United States to commercial printing giant RR Donnelley; Robin Beth Schaer writes of serving aboard the historic ship Bounty, which was lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy; GalleyCat explains why you should write by hand; and other news.
In this regular feature, we offer a few suggestions for podcasts, smartphone apps, Web tools, newsletters, museum shows, and gallery openings: a medley of literary curiosities that you might enjoy. This issue’s 3 for Free features the WordNet app, the Books on the Nightstand podcast, and online video poetry journal Jupiter 88.