Jeffrey Eugenides Comes to Blows, Macmillan to Bribes and Hampster Reads

The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office fined Macmillan $18 million last week over allegations that the company’s education wing greased palms in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia to secure textbook contracts.

Jeffrey Eugenides, whose book The Marriage Plot is to be published by Macmillan-owned FSG this fall, showed up to give a reading at The Paris Review‘s “salon” on Thursday with a giant shiner, according to The New York Post.

Ann Patchett has opened up a bookstore in Nashville.

And, over at The New Yorker Book Bench, we learn of the reading preferences of Hamptons hipsters, otherwise known as Hampsters, and that Hampsters prefer exclusively male writers.