In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, authors share their thoughts, including Susan Orlean, Jill Lepore, and Dan Chiasson; Jeva Lange details her quest for Melville's Moby-Dick at the 2013 New York Antiquarian Book Fair; essayist Walter Benjamin's thirteen tips for writers; and other news.
The Los Angeles Times reports e-books helped increase overall United States book sales; David Haglund explains the fabricated claim that Dostoevsky met with Charles Dickens; Wendy Francis pens a letter to an aspiring author; and other news.
Joshua Henkin reveals the most vulnerable moments in a man’s life; Mary Jo Bang explains the Tetris Effect; eight collages of poet Bill Knott's rejection letters; and other news.
Author Lara Santoro discussed gender disparity in literary fiction; Volume One Brooklyn views the exhibit Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary on display at New York City's Morgan Library; novelist Lauren Grodstein reveals what she's learned from an onslaught of Amazon user reviews; and other news.
Amazon warns Apple handheld users there's a bug in the current update of its e-reader app; Open Culture features F. Scott Fitzgerald's tips for writing fiction; Paris Review Daily visits the venerable Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and other news.
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.
Poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Haas are risking arrest today in protest of the Keystone XL extension pipeline; Kera Bolonik reports that a letter written by T. S. Eliot in 1957 has been discovered; Kate Bolick looks at the life and work of Edna St. Vincent Millay; and other news.
Little, Brown will publish Donna Tartt's much-anticipated third novel, The Goldfinch, on October 22, 2013; Chilean authorities have ordered the exhumation of Pablo Neruda to investigate the poet’s death; novelist Sam Lipsyte discusses the awkwardness of writing about sex; and other news.
A dispute over the ownership of case files that informed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood have cast doubts on the veracity of sections of Capote’s masterpiece; to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, the Guardian asked several writers to comment on what Plath’s work means to them, including Jennifer Egan, Sharon Olds, and Lena Dunham; novelist Caroline Leavitt shares a tale of love lost and found, and a pet tortoise named Minnie; and other news.
Eight thousand volumes of centuries-old texts were saved from destruction during the recent fighting in Timbuktu; Nathan Bransford is hosting a contest to win a chance to have part of your manuscript read by InkWell literary agent Catherine Drayton; the Believer and Los Angeles NPR station KCRW have launched a podcast called the Organist; and other news.