++ The MacArthur Foundation has doled out its 22 “Genius” grants.
++ Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is finally getting an ebook release. Walker supports the new format, saying that books are getting “heavier and heavier.”
++ Flavorwire has gathered reimagined covers of 20 classic books. These are really, really cool.
++ Gabriel García Marquez’s 1996 work News of a Kidnapping has sold out in Iran stores after opposition leader Mir Houssein Mousavi’s endorsement.
++ Neil Young is writing a memoir due for publication in late 2012.
++ Another rogue political biographer is coming under some heat: Ron Suskind, who wrote Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, is being called out for errors and inaccuracies in his critical book about President Obama and his economic team.
++ Long-time editor discusses Every Thing on It, the new book of 145 poems from beloved children’s author/illustrator Shel Silverstein. The book contains poems that were cut out of previous Silverstein tomes.