Today in publishing and literature: Joyce Carol Oates discusses the "genre writer" label, Courtney Love's former bandmate is trying his hand at a Kurt Cobain memoir, and we're one step closer to getting e-book editions of the Harry Potter books.
Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson is writing a book of "prose, poetry and free association" on the subject of Kurt Cobain that will be released on April 8, which happens to be just three days after the 18th anniversary of Cobain's death. Erlandson says he hasn't discussed the book, called Letters to Kurt, with Hole co-founder Courtney Love, who is executor of Cobain's estate, and definitely has some unresolved feelings about her late husband. We can't imagine she's thrilled with the project, especially since she and Erlandson have also been fighting for creative control of Hole off-and-on since 2002. [Arts Beat]
Here's the cover to Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel's sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The book comes out on May 22, so start brushing up on the major players from the court of Henry VIII as soon as possible.[@The_Millions, image via Amazon]
The long, halting process of releasing e-book editions of the Harry Potter series appeared to take another small step forward yesterday with the announcement that OverDrive -- the same digital distribution company that Penguin cut ties with earlier this month -- has reached a deal with Pottermore to handle distribution of e-books and digital audiobooks. That's good news, because in addition to housing all manner of Potter-related trivia, the not-yet-operational Pottermore Shop is going to be the sole vendor for digital versions of the series. OverDrive and Pottermore didn't drop any hints about when the books might be available for download, so the waiting game continues. [The Wrap]