John Grisham on Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, Top-Earning Authors, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.12.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Author John Grisham looks inside the prison at Guantánamo Bay, where some of his books have been banned. (New York Times)

Starting in September, Amazon will collect sales tax in Georgia. (Shelf Awareness)

Forbes lists the world’s top-earning authors.

NPR showcases Seattle Public Library’s “Books on Bikes” program.

Harvard professor Joseph L. Badaracco uses literature to teach business ethics. (Harvard Gazette)

Are you writing historic fiction and need to know what your characters would eat? The Food Timeline website can help. (Ploughshares)

It looks as if Jane Austen’s House Museum will receive enough cash donations to keep Jane Austen’s ring out of Kelly Clarkson’s hands. (Guardian)

Good news for magazine writers—Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are launching Epic, and intend to commission “big, nonfiction narratives that might also make good movies.” (New York Times)