Michael Bourne suggests it's time to dispense with the typical book review; the New York Times sits down with William Zinsser, author of the classic On Writing Well; January Gill O’Neil explains why we need poetry more than ever before; and other news.
Authorities in Canada have approved the Penguin and Random House merger; Dani Shapiro discusses writing and distraction; GalleyCat details how self-published authors can sell their books at independent bookstores; and other news.
Novelist Chuck Palahniuk recently reminded fans that Fight Club was originally a failure; a lawmaker in West Virginia has proposed a bill to make science fiction compulsory reading in schools; recent Pulitzer winner Sharon Olds composed a poem after a Vogue photo shoot; 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.
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.
The Christian Science Monitor reports independent bookstores are increasing sales; Author Patrick Wensink candidly reveals how much money he made after breaking into the Amazon top ten; Susan Orlean shares her memories of working for the Boston Phoenix; 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.