Indian police arrested poet Kanwal Bharti after he criticized his government on Facebook; Rebecca Mead weighs in on the vitriolic response to Jane Austen on the ten-pound note; a film adaptation of Ann Leary’s The Good House is in the works with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in the lead roles; and other news.
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned; Vikram Seth asked to return a $1.7 million advance; poet David Shook hopes to fund a Poetry Drone that will drop poems instead of bombs; and other news.
Publishers Weekly reports on the closing arguments in the DOJ lawsuit against Apple; a salesman for Wiley is charged with the theft of almost three million dollars in books; poet Elizabeth Alexander remembers her late husband; and other news.
Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA; Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy; a new project from Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy documents the oral folk poems of the Afghan people; and other news.
New York City's Word Up Community Bookshop has signed a new lease; a couple was discovered this past weekend allegedly breaking into the Emily Dickinson Museum; Seth Fried highlights some recent communications from a poet we know on Facebook; and other news.
San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil starts a book art project in honor of Baghdad's literary community affected by a 2007 car bombing.
British bridal-gown designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman created a dress made entirely out of book pages, which premiered at a literary festival in Lancaster, England, this past October.
Amazon fired the security company accused of mistreating foreign-born temp workers; a federal jury awarded Patricia Cornwell over fifty million dollars in damages; a major theme of this year's PEN World Voices Festival is bravery; and other news.
Jeffrey Eugenides shared career advice in a speech to ten young writers; Mashable lists five new companies aiming to improve the experience of reading e-books; novelist Dennis Lehane has promised to include the person who returns his missing beagle in his next book.
Amazon has launched a Kindle store in China; a discovery of a manuscript in Denmark's national archives may be a forgotten story by Hans Christian Andersen; the New York Times has created an e-book publishing program; and other news.