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Apr 1, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

Joshua Cohen

Stephen King isn't the only writer with a baseball novel on deck: Chad Harbach, who contributes articles to n+1, has sold his first novel, tentatively titled The Art of Fielding, to Little, Brown for $650,000.

"The M.F.A. is a degree in servitude," Joshua Cohen tells the New York Observer. "It is a way to keep writing safe." In a lively profile of Cohen, the Observer compares the author's forthcoming Witz, a novel about the hunt for the last living Jew, to Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow.

The cover image for Jonathan Franzen's long-awaited September novel, Freedom, has been released.

Poet and art critic Lisa Robertson's Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture, now out of print, fetches between one and two hundred dollars on Amazon—not bad for a paperback. But save your money: Public Studio, a new print-on-demand business co-run by novelist Matthew Stadler, will make the book and sell it for $10. (There's something beautiful about the way they construct their books.) Or you can read it online, and comment on the text, free of charge. (New Yorkers intrigued by the Public Studio project can visit them on April 9 and 10 at 177 Livingston.)

Lorrie Moore selects the latest read for the New Yorker's Book Club: David Vann's Legend of a Suicide.