Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown, Wells Tower (and Dad) at Burning Man, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.7.13

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:

Reagan Arthur has been named the next publisher of Little, Brown. Arthur will replace Michael Pietsch in April, when Pietsch assumes the CEO position of Hachette. For the last three years, Arthur has headed Little, Brown’s Reagan Arthur Books imprint, which will be retired. (GalleyCat)

A new gadget from Targus, the iNotebook, allows you to write on notebook paper, which is simultaneously transferred to your iPad. (AppNewser)

Book critic David L. Ulin discusses the importance of the late author Joseph Mitchell, whose writing appears in the current issue of the New Yorker. "Coming upon this is for me like hearing a newly discovered Robert Johnson record, so essential has Mitchell been to the way I read and write." (Los Angeles Times)

Novelist Alix Ohlin considers the intricate relationship between male writers and female readers, in light of two recent novels, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak began talking and I immediately fell asleep, as if by sudden enchantment." J. D. Daniels reports from the 2013 Jaipur Literature Festival. (Paris Review Daily)

Books & Co., Madison Avenue Books, 999 Bookstore: "All those places are gone now." Novelist Roxana Robinson writes of the ghosts of bookstores. (New Yorker)

If you'd like to own a rare poem written around 1900 by Winston Churchill, it's for sale. (ABC News)

Today is Gay Talese's birthday, and Jason Diamond is celebrating the well-coiffed author's famous suits. (Volume 1 Brooklyn)

A stolen centuries-old family bible has been found. (Columbus Dispatch)

Jamaica Kincaid's See Now Then is her first novel in a decade. Today, the celebrated author speaks with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW's Bookworm.

Author Wells Tower went to the annual Burning Man festival with his father. (GQ)

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by Rebecca Bates

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by Michael Szczerban

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Posted 10.15.14

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Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.