On the Books: Maya Angelou, Judy Blume sign open letter to Obama on standardized testing; Emily Dickinson manuscripts digitally archived

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Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines:

Hundreds of authors — including Maya Angelou and Judy Blume — have signed an open letter to President Obama protesting dependence on standardized testing in schools. [FairTest]

Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts have been collected into an online Emily Dickinson Archive, launched today and fueling “a quarrel [that] has been handed to generation after generation after generation.” [The New York Times]

Speaking of digital, Apple attorneys are disputing a report stating $307 million in damages for the company’s e-book price-fixing case. [Publishers Weekly]

Meanwhile, Alice Munro may not be retiring after all — the Nobel Prize in Literature winner told Canada’s National Post in June that she would be putting down her pen, but in one of her first interviews since winning the Nobel, she says, “I have promised to retire but now and then I get an idea.” [LA Times]

In unrelated news, Stephen Colbert has chimed in about the hoopla surrounding self-published erotica on Amazon and other online retail bookstores. [The Colbert Report]

On to the must-reads for today: Here’s a fascinating essay on Ray Bradbury’s lesser-known — and underappreciated — realist fiction. [The Guardian]

Trick or Treat! Check out some of the top Halloween-themed children’s books. [USA Today]

And one more list: Here are seven bookish charities — ones that give away original books for free and ask instead for donations — readers can support. [The Huffington Post]

Finally, YA isn’t just for supernatural love triangles: Atlantic writer (and former EW intern) Nolan Feeney interviewed eight young adult authors, including John Green, Veronica Roth, and Rainbow Rowell, to find out their strategies for crafting a successful YA novel. [The Atlantic]


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