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:
A publisher and translator in Turkey are facing obscenity charges in that country for publishing William S. Burroughs's The Soft Machine. (Yahoo! News ) The book also faced an obscenity trial in the U.S. upon its original release a half century ago.
As print books and bookstores fight to keep a place in the digital publishing revolution, Salon  reminds us what a sanctuary a good bookshop can be with a slideshow of the world's most inspiring bookstores.
Despite rumors of bids for Borders last week, Bloomberg Businessweek  says the book retailer is struggling to find a buyer for the entire chain, with rival Barnes & Noble reportedly interested in buying only ten shops. Meanwhile, Borders is offering customers free shipping on any book not stocked at its stores. (AnnArbor.com )
The Women's National Book Association has awarded its annual WNBA Pannell Award, general bookstore category, to Queen Anne Books in Seattle. (American Booksellers Association )
To mark the city's appointment as a 2011 World Book Capitol, an artist in Buenos Aires created a Tower of Babel out of thirty thousand books in languages from all over the globe. (Guardian )
More authors are making Google's Mountain View headquarters in California a stop on their West coast book tours, according to the New York Times .
What does your literary tote bag say about you? (Volume 1 Brooklyn )