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AWP 2015 is underway! Our own Camille Griep is wandering the venues, connecting with people and collecting swag. If you run into her, please tell her not to worry about newspapers stacking up on her porch, alerting burglars that no one’s home. She should just enjoy her trip.

Debut novelist Atticus Lish, son of Gordon Lish, won the PEN/Faulkner award.

To MFA or not to MFA: a look at the value of the degree, as the number of applications increases while the number of jobs for graduates does not.

Is HarperCollins returning to the agency model? Here we go again.

Amazon goes on the offensive against fake reviews.

Chuck Wendig is pulling out of the Midwest Writers Workshop, which takes place this year in the no-pizzas-for-gay-weddings state of Indiana. Other colleagues have told me they’re pulling out as well. Good for them. After the conference director adopted a neutral position on Indiana’s recent anti-gay legislation, everyone should pull out.

The Hugo nomination process is under scrutiny. Scroll down to see this year’s nominees. Oh, and read this too.

Remember What’s-Her-Name, the Rolling Stone journalist who reported on a bogus rape at UVA? The magazine is standing by her, and the editors involved, and the fact checkers too, blaming the incident instead entirely on the alleged victim, whose story the article’s author, editors, and fact checkers failed to investigate.

Literary Hub, a new online magazine, has launched.

Self published author Jasinda Wilder signs a seven-figure deal with Berkley Books.

Subscription service Oyster is expanding into online retail and will sell individual books.

The case has been closed on whether Harper Lee was coerced into allowing Go Set a Watchman to be published.

The new Maya Angelou stamp features a quote that isn’t hers. That will only increase its value to philat- . . . to phil-, to philat- . . . the hell with it, to stamp collectors.

Is it time to do away with quotation marks in dialogue? Nah. But the argument is interesting.

Library of Congress chief executive James Billington comes under fire.

Scholastic was my hero in grade school, publishing most of the books I read at the time and helping to inspire a life-long passion for words and literature. It’s still my hero.

Finally, Jonathan Franzen has pissed off The Audubon Society. First it was Oprah, then social media, now tree huggers. What sacred institution is next—Doritos? I put it to you.

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Stephen Parrish is a contributing editor at Easy Street.