National Book Award in Fiction longlist announced; Terrance Hayes on music in poetry; Alison Bechdel to write memoir on fitness fads; and other news.
A. N. Devers looks at how the home of the Baltimore Ravens has treated the Poe House and Museum; the cover of fiftieth anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has been lampooned; Benjamin Nugent considers the upside of writerly distraction; 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.
Robert Galbraith—author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling—is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling; Brad Leithauser details the advantages of reading a poem backward; Nicholas Rombes revisits Shirley Jackson’s 1951 novel Hangsaman; and other news.
Amazon workers in Germany have called a strike; Flavorwire gathered the handwritten outlines from several major authors; Sara Vilkomerson examines Judy Blume's relationship with Hollywood; and other news.
The Writers’ Union of Canada will soon decide whether to admit self-published authors; playwright David Hare will adapt Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers for the London stage; a long-lost journal composed by poet W. H. Auden has been discovered; and other news.
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.
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival; Random House announced new terms for its new genre imprint author contracts; a roundup of AWP 2013 recaps from conference veterans Steve Almond, Roxane Gay, and Julianna Baggott; and other news.
Digital Book World reports e-book revenue growth is slowing; Dwight Garner parses the legacy of the Oxford American; the Millions features useful holiday gifts ideas for writers; and other news.