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Best Translated Book Award Finalists Announced, an It Gets Better Book, and More

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Online Only, posted 3.24.11

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:

Publishers Weekly has more in-depth coverage of the aftermath of Judge Chin's decision to reject the Google Books Settlement. Here's one thought from New York University Law School professor James Grimmelmann: “If I had to bet, I would guess that we’ll end up with a revised settlement drafted to meet Judge Chin’s specification.”

The New York Times had its own in-depth coverage of the Google ruling, including an op-ed piece stating: "This decision is a victory for the public good, preventing one company from monopolizing access to our common cultural heritage."

D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow and its sequel Women in Love have been adapted into a two-part BBC4 production that premieres tonight in England. (Telegraph)

The annual Best Translated Book Award finalists have been announced over at Three Percent.

For months, Barnes & Noble has been looking for a buyer, but yesterday Bloomberg reported that the search may end without one.

Readers in the U.K. have been early adopters of e-books and e-readers and, according to new research in the Bookseller, a prime reason for this popularity has been the ability to sample free chapters before making a purchase. 

The It Gets Better Project, started by Seattle writer Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller in the wake of the suicide of Billy Lucas—an Indiana teenager who hung himself after repeated bullying because of his sexuality—has published a book filled with stories from folks like Michael Cunningham, Ellen Degeneres, and President Barack Obama, all of whom have a singular message for LGBT youth. From Brooklyn, New York–based contributor Jules Skloot: "There's joy coming for you. So stay with us. It gets better." (Lamda Literary)

In an odd twist, the writer who penned today's New York Times obituary for Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Gussow, died in 2005. (Village Voice)

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