Readers! Join us tonight for our fall issue launch party at BookCourt in Brooklyn, featuring Bookforum friends Justin Taylor, Laura Kipnis, and Joshua Cohen. Festivities kick off with short readings around 7, and of course, free wine and beer will be flowing.

More details available here.

The missing Michel Houellebecq, by Thierry Ehrmann

After failing to show up for scheduled appearances in the Netherlands and Belguim, Michel Houellebecq's publishers say that the French writer has gone missing.

Two authors were told that their post-apocalpytic young adult novel would not be published unless they agreed to "straighten" out a gay character.

Tao Lin cleans up his Facebook friend list: “i'm deleting some friends so i can add some friends that i want to add, in case you wonder why i have deleted you (just going to go through my wall and delete people who've openly shit-talked me on my wall first).”

Will Shortz explains how to make a New York Times crossword puzzle.

Here's a good Christmas present for someone you secretly dislike: Atlas Shrugged is now available as an iPad app.

The Quarterly Conversation publishes its 25th issue, featuring essays on Per Petterson, Antonio Lobo Antunes, and what Philip Roth suggests about the state of publishing.

Where's a longform journalist to go when they can't find space in print magazines? E-publishers like Atavist and Byliner are emerging as viable options.

Slate Double X editor Jessica Grose sells her debut novel, Sad Desk Salad, to William Morrow. According to The Awl, the book is "told from the voice of a popular blogger who chronicles the rise and fall of her big scoop, where she must reconcile her values with the growing (ruthless) demands of a gossip- and reality-obsessed culture."