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:
In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Alizah Salario recounts how, in 1988, as a first grader, "a woman entered my school and shot six kids ." (Rumpus)
Ayana Mathis tells Salon what it was like to receive a career-changing phone call from Oprah Winfrey .
Whether it's the rise of color tablet computers, or a resistance to upgrade old electronics, something is slowing the popularity of e-readers . (Slate)
From Jimmy’s Corner to Café Loup to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, critic Dwight Garner tours literary Manhattan . (New York Times)
Meanwhile Dwight Garner lists his ten favorite books of 2012 , including Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (New York Times)
On his blog, author John Scalzi has advice for certain writers on social media: "Making every tweet an unsolicited ad for your work? You’re an asshole spammer ."
Graywolf Press will publish the first full-length poetry collection by actor James Franco . (Star Tribune)
The latest episode of Other People with Brad Listi features It’s Kind of a Funny Story author Ned Vizzini .
If you're anywhere near the British Library, you can see Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll for On the Road  until December 27.