An author faces the threat of arrest after asking to protest; writing fiction helps a start-up; Ralph Ellison’s portrait unveiled in Oklahoma; and other news.
Haruki Murakami's next novel will be published in the U.S. in August; Chinese dissident author Yu Jie is having trouble finding a publisher; Electric Literature's 2014 Great Indie Press Preview; and other news.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird and Justin Hocking’s The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
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.
The Boston Globe reports that Amazon is working on a new product at its lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Paramount has purchased film rights to Sabaa Tahir’s first novel, An Ember in the Ashes, for seven-figures; Callie Leuck weighs in on the Oxford comma; and other news.
Researchers believe they may have found a computer algorithm that will predict bestsellers; Twitter announced its second annual fiction festival for March 12–16; A Million Little Pieces author James Frey landed a two million dollar film deal with 20th Century Fox; and other news.
Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin looks at how Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe are building a literary life—and a bookstore—in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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.
Ireland’s Arts Council has launched a search for a laureate to represent Irish fiction; a worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey was killed in an industrial accident; Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes graphic novel; and other news.
Jason Segel will play David Foster Wallace in a new film adaptation; author and poet John Yau considers John Ashbery’s contributions to art criticism; Barnes & Noble’s chairman sells two million shares of his company's stock; and other news.