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Apr 2, 2012 @ 00:04:00 pm

A photo by John Simpson, inspired by Etgar Keret's story "Cheesus Christ"

The Millions is introducing a new monthly feature called “Post-40 Bloomers,” which “will highlight authors—living and deceased, new-on-the-scene and now long-established—whose first books debuted when they were 40 or older.” (Consider it a counterweight against the New Yorker's youth-focused 20 under 40.) A tentative list of writers the Millions plans to cover includes Isak Dinesen, Helen DeWitt, and Walker Percy.

John Simpson’s photo of a decaying Big Mac billboard has won FSG and Bomb magazine’s “Something Out of Something” contest, which invited participants to submit visual art inspired by the work of Israeli short-story writer Etgar Keret. Simpson’s winning image was a riff on Keret’s story of fast food and mayhem “Cheesus Christ,” which appears in the recently released A Knock at the Door.

Riverhead has acquired the rights to former Sleater-Kinner guitarist and "Portlandia" creator Carrie Brownstein's forthcoming "indie-rock memoir" about her life in music, the New York Times reported today. Brownstein is currently on tour with her new band, Wild Flag, and has yet to announce a title or publication date for her book.

A roundup of the best obituaries and selected writings of the hard-living Southern writer Harry Crews, who died last week at the age of 77.

In honor of small press month, which concluded on Saturday, Flavorwire asks literary insiders—i.e., editors at Graywolf, Dalkey Archive, and Two Dollar Radio, among others—to choose the twelve best indie press books.

From Apartment Therapy, fifteen writers’ bedrooms. (Virginia Woolf’s is the nicest).