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.
James Patterson announced he would give one million dollars to independent bookstores; Tobias Carroll reports on attending the midnight release party for Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge; Melville House does the numbers on New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani; and other news.
Author Jhumpa Lahiri dismisses the idea of immigrant fiction; Shaj Mathem visits Roberto Bolaño’s unpublished work; Sarah Marty-Schlipf teaches creative writing to women in jail; and other news.
Barnes & Noble’s retail CEO Mitchell Klipper sold five million dollars of his personal stock in the company; a Charles Bukowski archive is now available online; publishing veteran Jenny Bent offers advice on interacting with literary agents; and other news.
The new Salinger film alleges that the author instructed his estate to publish five additional books; Boris Kachka looks at the life and work of Thomas Pynchon; Melissa Donovan explains how poetry improves all writing; and other news.
Self-published authors increasingly view independent publishers as part of the establishment; She’s Come Undone no longer banned in prisons; why grammar geeks lack imagination, and other news.
Fiction writer Benjamin Percy cautions beginning writers to avoid overusing backstory in their fiction, offering strategies for moving the story forward by slipping a character’s history into the dramatic present.
Visual artist Jonathan Allen and poet Anselm Berrigan team up to create LOADING, an exhibit in New York City that will be published in book form this fall by Brooklyn Arts Press.
Bookstore sales fell 9.5 percent in June; Wattpad recently announced a crowd-sourced funding service for its authors; Carol Muske-Dukes recounts John Cheever’s 1977 visit with inmates at Sing Sing; and other news.
Future Book examines Amazon’s pricing strategies; Margo Rabb explores the experience of meeting literary heroes; Scientific American looks at the link between creativity and eccentricity; and other news.