A never-before-seen Joseph Heller story will appear this week in the Strand; Taffy Brodesser-Akner gleans what can be learned about the creative process when writers are forced to produce; Biographile explains why the world needs a definitive biography of Joan Didion; and other news.
Jenji Kohan has adapted Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black for Netflix; Danielle Ofri discusses how poetry intersects with medicine; Sotheby’s auctioned Samuel Beckett’s first novel manuscript for over one million dollars; and other news.
Boris Kachka weighs in on the Penguin Random House merger; Shelf Awareness has an update in reclusive author Harper Lee's lawsuit against her former agent; Brain Pickings features a rare BBC recording of Sylvia Plath; and other news.
David L. Ulin looks at the best ways to teach poetry to young people; Sharon Bially created a handy book promotion guide for the self-published; Verlyn Klinkenborg considers the current state of student writing; and other news.
For Father's Day, Terrance Hayes responds to the work of Robert Hayden; bookstore sales dropped 5 percent in April; Flavorwire looks at the book paintings of Ekaterina Panikanova; and other news.
Shelf Awareness reports Amazon has made Kindle sales pitches to independent bookstores; swimwear maker Orlebar Brown has partnered with the Paris Review; a secret poet is posting positive words all over the town of Lynn, Massachusetts; and other news.
Jessica Grose gleans advice from Janet Malcolm's new book, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers; Macmillan is launching a new nonfiction division headed by Bob Miller; Nichole Bernier gathers tips for reading on stage from several authors, including J. Courtney Sullivan, Cheryl Strayed, and Alexander Chee; and other news.
BookExpo America is this week in New York City, and e-books take center stage; You Are One of Them author Elliott Holt discusses a favorite Chekhov story; the Atlantic explores why Sylvia Plath commands the public imagination; and other news.
Poet David R. Morgan has been exposed as a plagiarist; Amazon has proposed biosphere-like domes for new Seattle offices; California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is spearheading an anti-bullying campaign; and other news.
Character calls forth writer. Writer calls forth reader. It seems straightforward—but is it? Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki explores the relationships embedded in every novel and work of fiction.