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:
As Tahrir Square quiets down each evening from the ongoing protests in Cairo, Egypt, people remain in the square to hear and recite poetry throughout the night. (New York Times)
The Paris Review will run the entirety of a "lost novel" by Roberto Bolaño in four serial installments over the next year. (Jacket Copy)
A cardboard cutout of Langston Hughes was stolen from Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C.—a popular restaurant and performance venue—in protest of what poet Thomas Sayers Ellis calls the lack of a respectful pay scale for writers who perform at the Busboys' three locations around the city. (Washington Post)
According to Publishers Weekly, the Canadian publishing industry is awash in uncertainty after the news last week that the largest Canadian indie book distributor, H. B. Fenn, has begun bankruptcy proceedings.
The e-reader market in the U.K. doubled over the holidays, according to the Bookseller, with one report showing that 7 percent of British adults received an e-reader during the festive period.
The Millions' Edan Lepucki tackles that most critical and continually evolving question posed to every writer: What do you include in your author bio?
Is there hope for small bookstores in a digital age? (USA Today)
Today the New York Times ran the latest installment of its new quarterly poetry roundup—rare coverage for the genre in a major American newspaper—featuring books by Christian Wiman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and C. D. Wright.
If you're still looking for a gift for the literary loved one in your life, the Washington Post recommends five books for Valentine's Day.