McSweeney’s releases a Portlandia-themed activity book; a new biography of Louis Armstrong; novelist Eleanor Catton on the seasons of writing; and other news.
Oyster, the Netflix-like service for literature, has raised fourteen million dollars in investments; Richard Nash will leave Small Demons and join Byliner; Benjamin Percy’s novel Red Moon has been optioned by FOX TV as a potential series; and other news.
Workers in Germany are planning a holiday season strike at Amazon’s fulfillment centers; Julie Bosman reports Thomas Pynchon will not attend the National Book Awards; Thin Reads editor Howard Polskin names the eight most influential players in the world of e-book singles; and other news.
The Millions explores how Twitter connects writers and readers; Kurt Vonnegut would have been ninety-one years old today; long novels enjoy cultural resurgence; and other news.
Dustin Kurtz reports that the government of Iran may relax its literary censorship; Kenneth Goldsmith considers the connections between Internet culture and poetry; the Emily Dickinson Archive is now integrated and available online; and other news.
Emily Dickinson online archive fuels debate; Ian Crouch discusses the proliferation of neologisms; Arizona approves Mexican-American studies books; ten scary novels for Halloween; 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.
Amazon intends to open at least three warehouses in western Poland; Ron Charles has the skinny on last night’s PEN/Faulkner gala; reading Dave Eggers’s new novel The Circle inspired Michele Filgate to give up social media; and other news.
Novelist Teju Cole shares his thoughts on death of Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor; Jonathan Raban looks at the life and work of William Gaddis; Junot Díaz discusses how Latinos are represented in film and television; and other news.
The Randolph County, North Carolina, board of education voted to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from school libraries; the life and death of an adjunct professor; novelist Cari Luna reveals how economic forces pushed her out of New York City; and other news.