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Brown Proposes Eliminating California's Library Budget, Innisfree in Colorado, and More

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Online Only, posted 1.13.11

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:

New California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating the entire thirty-million-dollar statewide budget for public libraries. (Jacket Copy)

The third poetry-only bookstore in America just opened in Boulder, Colorado. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe joins Open Books in Seattle and Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Colorado Daily)

From February through March of this year, the National Book Foundation will host a retrospective celebrating the sixty-one years of National Book Awards in poetry with a daily blog featuring essays on past winners by contemporary poets, as well as public programs in New York City, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon.

The British Library has released an app that features "over 100 of the library’s most significant items including the world’s oldest bible Codex Sinaiticus, Galileo’s letters and Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks." (Wall Street Journal)

Still prefer print books over e-books? Well, so did French film legend Jean Luc Godard—way back in the year 2000 before digital books even existed. (New Yorker)

According to the Bookseller, Nora Roberts joined Stieg Larsson and James Patterson as the third author (or team of writers who penned books as one author) to sell more than one million Kindle e-books.

A new study written for the European Commission warns of a "digital Dark Age" if the digitization of the continent's collective cultural heritage is left in the hands of private companies like Google. (Guardian)

Borrowing the name of the elusive conspiracy from Thomas Pynchon's classic work The Crying of Lot 49, the young Trystero Coffee company in Los Angeles delivers coffee to "paranoid conspiracy theorists" around the city, according to Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellog, who just had her first cup of Pynchonian joe.

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