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Australia's Largest Bookseller Enters Administration, NBA's Poetry Blog, and More

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Online Only, posted 2.17.11

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Just a day after Borders declared bankruptcy in the United States, the Australian version of Borders, which is entirely independent of its American counterpart, went into administration today along with its partner bookstore, Angus & Robertson, which is the largest bookseller in the country. "While the Australian dollar is high, a lot of Australian consumers determine that they will buy whatever they need online and from overseas suppliers," said Maree McCaskill, the CEO of the Australian Publishers Association. (Guardian)

As the New York Times reported this morning, Borders' bankruptcy has shaken the publishing industry. There's a full list of the stores closing over at the Wall Street Journal.

Today is National Poem Day in Vietnam, with celebrations held at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. (Voice of Vietnam)

According to New York Magazine, Martin Scorsese is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a film adaptation of Jordan Belfort's 1990 best-seller The Wolf of Wall Street.

According to the LAist, Los Angeles has a thriving literary magazine scene comparable to New York City's but lacking that metropolis's pretensions.

As promised last month, the National Book Foundation has launched its blog celebrating each of the fifty-one poetry books honored with the National Book Award over the last sixty-one years—remarkably, the NBA eliminated the poetry category entirely from 1984 to 1990, thus explaining the discrepancy between years and books.

As the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, the recent wildly successful publication of the first volume of the Autobiography of Mark Twain was the result of a huge amount of detailed efforts over many years by editors and scholars, as well as major financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities since the Twain Project began in 1967.

Has Brooklyn, New York, become "repulsive with novelists," as the borough-departing author Jonathan Franzen told the Los Angeles Times this weekend? The Guardian has a fun quiz to test your repellant knowledge.

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