Wylie Rumors, Best Books of 2012, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.19.12

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:

Rumors of a possible merger or sale of the Wylie Agency are afloat. Wylie represents Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, and Louise Erdrich, among many other heavy hitters. Andrew Wylie insists he's not selling. (New York Post)

Penguin announced it intends to expand its e-book library-lending program. (New York Times)

Morten Høi Jensen looks at The Fun Stuff, literary critic James Wood's new book, which contains essays on Paul Auster, Marilynne Robinson, and Lydia Davis, among others. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"When I was in therapy a few years back, almost every session was a discussion of my shortcomings in the traditional male role of breadwinner." On his fortieth birthday, Greg Olear examines his success as a writer. (Salon)

Following the recent passing of T. S. Eliot's second wife Valerie, who closely guarded her late husband's reputation for almost fifty years, scholars and biographers may soon have full access to the poet's personal papers and correspondence. (Guardian)

With Thanksgiving this week, the blog at Ploughshares rounds up a host of Thanksgiving-related posts, including "Poultry Stories."

Getting a jump on the parade of year-end lists, Daily Candy offers its best books of 2012, including Maggie Shipstead's Seating Arrangements, and We Only Know So Much, by Elizabeth Crane.

The David Rakoff Scholarship Fund, which celebrates the life of the late author David Rakoff by providing a fellowship to the John C. Campbell Folk School, is seeking contributions.

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