The state of Kentucky has appointed Frank X Walker its new poet laureate; after a brief hospitalization, poet Maya Angelou is resting at home; Ester Bloom refutes the claim that male readers don't read female authors; and other news.
Not every great small press is active on Twitter, but here are twenty-seven that engage book culture via social media in interesting, informative, and entertaining ways.
With tips from Meghan Daum, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Salon offers a guide to writing a memoir; The Love Song of Jonny Valentine author Teddy Wayne discussed the difficulties of self-promotion; David Fincher is in discussions to direct the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling Gone Girl; and other news.
Simon & Schuster will release a biography of the late J. D. Salinger this fall; Dale Smith looks at the life and work of Beat poet Diane di Prima; a feature film is in the works of Joan Didion's 1977 novel A Book of Common Prayer; and other news.
Pearson will invest almost ninety million dollars in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media; Thomas Pynchon will collaborate with Paul Thomas Anderson on the film version of Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice; Goodreads revealed its most reviewed book in 2012; and other news.
Mira Ptacin visits author E. B. White's Maine hideaway; CAConrad's best of the small press list for 2012; Octopus Books and Tin House Books will collaborate on a new poetry series; and other news.
To honor Veterans Day, GalleyCat details how to share books with the troops; Scott Timberg argues the federal government should increase its support of the arts; Lisa Russ Spaar examines the sophomore efforts of poets; and other news.
As we recover from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, GalleyCat lists a few opportunities to volunteer; James McGirk looks at literature of the right-wing; thirteen tips to combat writer’s block; and other news.
These twenty-five feeds from literary magazines offer frequent updates about the writing they’re publishing, the events they’re hosting, and the news they find interesting.
The Association of American Publishers reports sales rose over 13 percent for the first half of 2012; Robert Atwan lists the ten best essays written since 1950; literary podcast Other People with Brad Listi has created an app; and other news.