Random House and Penguin Discuss Merger, Donald Hall on Poetry Readings, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.26.12

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:

To help fight off the new players in electronic publishing, two of the world's largest publishers, Random House and Penguin, are discussing a merger. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Apple reports its earnings are up—the tech giant sold fourteen million iPads in the last quarter.

NPR posted this week's bestsellers, with Cheryl Strayed's Wild on the hardcover nonfiction list, and her collection of essays, Tiny Beautiful Things, a paperback bestseller.

"No honor, no publication proves anything. Look at an issue of the Atlantic in 1906; look at a Poetry from 1931. A Nobel Prize means nothing. Look in an almanac at the list of poets who have won a Pulitzer Prize; look at the sad parade of Poets Laureate." Donald Hall provides thoughts on the ubiquitous public poetry reading, and rich details from his career as an acclaimed poet. (New Yorker)

As part of its annual International Book Festival, forty thousand posters have been placed around Mexico City to honor novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (Los Angeles Times)

Novelist Rick Moody was the victim of a ring of hackers and identity thieves. (Time)

The Faulkner estate filed a lawsuit against Sony over a quote used in the Woody Allen film Midnight In Paris. (Deadline)

The late poet Al Purdy’s house has been saved from demolition. The Montreal home, built in the 1950s, is expected to host a writer-in-residence program next year. (Montreal Gazette)

It appears Chaucer coined the word "twitter." (Atlantic Wire)

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