Ai Weiwei—the artist, blogger, and activist who was arrested in Beijing on April 3—has been released on bail.

2011 Roger Shattuck Prize winners Lila Azam Zanganeh and Marco Roth.

In an article about what the editors and staff of n+1 are reading this summer (Houellebecq, Echols, Maupin, Woolf, and more), the journal’s co-founder Marco Roth writes of experiencing a Proustian epiphany in France: Perhaps it was a sign that he would be awarded the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize (along with Lila Azam Zanganeh) from The Center for Fiction, an honor named after one of Proust’s most astute critics. They’ll be celebrating the prize tonight at The Center, but we assure you that critic Dale Peck won’t be there.

The New York Times remembers A. Whitney Ellsworth, the first publisher of the New York Review of Books, who died this weekend at the age of seventy-five.

Deciding on a title may be the most difficult part of finishing a book. At The Awl, four authors explain how their books were named. Is Naked Love a good title or a bad one? Discuss.

Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, are going to write a memoir.

What can mainstream journalism learn from the New York Public Library? The qualities of Patience and Fortitude, which also happen to be the names of the lion sculptures that guard the front of the building.

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