paper trail

May 9, 2012 @ 11:51:00 pm

Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson, former editor in chief of Publishers Weekly and currently on staff at O Magazine, has been hired by Amazon to help “expand content” on the website.

The Irish National Library has digitized rare James Joyce manuscripts and put them online for the first time. The papers, which were closely guarded by Joyce’s grandson, James, entered the public domain last January, and consist of three main parts: The Circe episode of Ulysses, drafts of Finnegans Wake from 1923, and a collection known as the “Joyce Papers,” which span 1903 to 1928. The Irish Times has already provided footnotes: “A reader may well be relieved to learn that the Finnegans Wake documents can be safely ignored, or at least left for much later attention; they are mostly page proofs with some pretty modest corrections... It is in the other two categories, the ‘early notes’ and the Ulysses notes and drafts, that the real meat of the collection is to be found.”

Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman, Jonathan Lethem, and seven hundred other writers, scholars, publishers, and artists have sent the New York Public Library a letter letting library officials know that they’re not happy about the $300 million renovation of the 42nd Street flagship branch.

A public memorial for Barney Rosset was held at Cooper Union on Wednesday. Red Lemonade publisher Richard Nash tweeted it blow-by-blow.

After recently leaving PW to become the Books Editor at, Parul Sehgal has landed a new job at the New York Times Book Review.

The Buenos Aires Book Fair—the largest fair in Latin America—closed on Monday after attracting 1.3 million visitors. Publishing Perspectives has the full report.

At the Paris Review blog, Alison Bechdel talks about her new graphic memoir Are You My Mother with Peter Terzian.