Weekly Roundup – April 11, 2015

This is a weekly round up of book news, great reads, and other literary related stuff. Not all if it is new. 

The Millions this week published an article (adapted from a January New York Times article on love) about falling in love with a reader


The New Yorker has interesting articles about James Merrill, the poet, and Chris Krause, the novelist. 

Editor and Publisher wonders: Is the Party Over for Social Media?”

The New York Review of Books has a blog post by Charles Simic about reading late at night

The New York Times has an article about why “Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.” by Cecilia Capuzzi Simon.

Also, Atticus Lish has won the prestigious Pen/Faulkner Prize for his first novel “Preparation for the Next Life.” This book was published by a small independent press, Tyrant Books. Mr. Lish expresses his disbelief in winning the award in a New York Times article.

You Can Now Turn Your Books Into Kindle Books

Amazon has now introduced a new tool, the Kindle Convert,  that you can use to turn your physical books into Kindle e-books.

You can read about it here.


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In other e-books news, 3 of E.B. White’s classic children’s books,  Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, will  be released in e-book form on March 17.

You can read about it here.

Harper Lee to Publish To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel

Harper Lee‘s “new” book will tell us what happens to Scout and Atticus Finch and the other beloved characters many years after the original book. It is called Go Set A Watchmen. It focuses on Scout as an adult and her relationship with her father.

Well, actually it’s an old book. I’m not exactly sure that you can call it a sequel, either.

After all, Lee apparently wrote this book before To Kill A Mockingbird. Her editor became interested in the backstory of the characters, which were told in flashbacks, and encouraged Lee to write a book on Scout as a child. That story became To Kill A Mockingbird and has since sold about 40 million copies and become an American classic.

The original manuscript for Go Set A Watchmen was considered lost, but was discovered by Lee’s lawyer. It was attached to an original manuscript of To Kill A Mockingbird.

It will published in July 2015 with a first printing of 2 million copies, as Harper Lee wrote it, with no revisions.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/harper-lee-published-july-28687808