Emily Gould, the onetime Gawker writer and the author of the essay collection And the Heart Says Whatever, has sold her novel Friendship to Farrar, Straus and Giroux (and specifically to editor Miranda Popkey). According to Gould's agent, Melissa Flashman, the novel is about “‘an eventful year’ in the lives of two best friends, both 30, who find their friendship is being tested as they get older.”
ProPublica rounds up the best reporting on guns from the past several years.
Flatscreen author (and Bookforum contributor) Adam Wilson makes The L Magazine’s list of the year’s “Breakout Brooklyn Book People.”
Actor, fiction writer, and grad student James Franco has signed a deal to publish his first book of poetry with Minnesota’s Graywolf Press. The collection, titled Directing Herbert White, will be released in 2014, and according to Graywolf's Jeffrey Shotts, it is "a series of portraits of American successes and failures from within Hollywood.” Elaborating on the concept in an interview with MTV, Franco remarked that he was interested in “the idea of L.A. as a place where people’s dreams can come true, but also L.A. as a place that eats its young.”
Flavorwire selects the best breakup letters from famous writers.