Thessaly La Force remembers prize-winning author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who died yesterday at her home in New York City, at age eighty-five; Aryn Kyle reveals how she spent the advance on her bestselling first novel; Architectural Digest takes a behind-the-scenes tour of the sets designed for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; and other news.
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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.
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.
Reagan Arthur has been named the next publisher of Little, Brown; David L. Ulin discusses the newly-published work of New Yorker legend Joseph Mitchell; novelist Alix Ohlin considers the intricate relationship between male writers and female readers; and other news.
James Lasdun details how it feels to be stalked by a former MFA student; Ms. magazine lists its favorite books of poetry by women for 2012; David Sedaris explains why he allowed a film adaptation of his essay “C.O.G."; and other news.
Independent bookstores may now sell Kobo tablets; Joel Lovell profiles master storyteller George Saunders in this weekend's New York Times Magazine; H. P. Lovecraft's advice to young writers; and other news.
Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.
Mira Ptacin visits author E. B. White's Maine hideaway; CAConrad's best of the small press list for 2012; Octopus Books and Tin House Books will collaborate on a new poetry series; and other news.
Contributing editor Michael Bourne highlights the trend of family-run indie presses and explores how the editors champion innovative authors whose work is often considered by commercial publishers to be unmarketable.
After navigating a devastating crisis, husband-and-wife poets Craig Morgan Teicher and Brenda Shaughnessy reflect on the fortifying powers of poetry and their commitment to their marriage and one another’s work.