The New York Times details the growing phenomenon of selecting a local poet laureate; Maureen Johnson asked her readers to redesign the covers of well-known books by men to highlight gender disparity in the marketplace; Haruki Murakami explains why he translated The Great Gatsby for Japanese readers; and other news.
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.
A free app to help navigate the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; authors in Venice, Italy, have mobilized to save the city's bookshops; novelist Ben Dolnick reveals the writing tricks he's used and ones he's discarded; and other news.
Vermont-based vanity publisher Peter Campbell-Copp has been sentenced to jail for fraud; Scientific American examines the physiological differences between reading print or electronic texts; novelist Randy Susan Meyers discusses the pressures of social media self-promotion; and other news.
The New York Times interviews Jason Merkoski, the leader of the team who built Amazon's first Kindle; Chilean authorities have exhumed Pablo Neruda to test his remains for poison; Anne Margaret Daniel details how F. Scott Fitzgerald reacted to the first film version of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
Warner Brothers has filed a countersuit against Tolkien's estate, which sued Warner last year for eighty million dollars over unapproved Lord of the Rings merchandise; a University of Texas student discovered writing composed by Jupiter Hammon, the earliest published African-American poet; The Tragedy of Mister Morn, a previously unpublished play by Vladimir Nabokov is out next week from Knopf; and other news.
Barnes & Noble announced a major expansion of its NOOK Video offerings; the Wall Street Journal reports Disney-owned Hyperion is selling off its backlist to focus on publishing titles that promote its ABC television properties; Zainab Bahrani details the struggle to save the National Library of Iraq from oblivion; and other news.
The founder of Barnes & Noble wants to purchase Barnes & Noble's retail stores and website; poet Wang Ping has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Macalester College; ten of the most divisive authors in recent memory; and other news.
A new Thomas Pynchon novel will be published this September; Nicholas Thompson reveals the magazine article origins of the Oscar-winning film Argo; nine free college-level writing and literature classes; and other news.