Good evening readers. Here's your daily round-up of must-read literary news, commentary and writing.
- I Love Soap Operas (and They Made Me a Better Writer): What our guilty TV pleasures can teach us about crafting narratives. (Lithub)
- Emily Brontë may have had Asperger syndrome, says biographer: Asperger's might explain her erratic behavior, according to the author of a biography of Charlotte Brontë. (The Guardian)
- A Pigeon and the Washing Machine, or Laundry and the Folkstory: a poet looks back on her globe trotting life devoid of a washing machine. (Asymptote)
- Beijing Book Fair: Market Opportunities for Everyone: Chinese publishers are growing to serve an expanding readership. (Publishers Weekly)
- A Beautiful Edition Of The Abridged 'Erudition': A condensed and edited book brings Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's 14th-century compendium of the knowledge of the classical Islamic world to a larger audience. (NPR)
- How we respond to mass death: a new book explores the impact of modern science on public memorials. (Maclean's)
- Voltaire's Luck: how the enlightenment philosopher dissected and bested the lottery. (Lapham's Quarterly)