Notable Books of 2011, Bad Sex in Literature, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

The New York Times has listed its 100 Notable Books of 2011.

Stalwart Consumer Reports compares a few of the latest e-readers, and places the Nook Simple Touch over the Kindle Touch.

According to a blog run by digital-distribution service OverDrive, the publisher Penguin has suspended e-book lending to public libraries.

In the wake of New York City's destroying Occupy Wall Street's free library, yesterday the Guardian posted photos of Occupy libraries around the world.

The Literary Review's annual Bad Sex in Literature Award has been announced, with Haruki Murakami and Sebastian Barry topping all competitors, and James Frey rounding out the threesome. (GalleyCat)

Electric Literature interviews novelist and The Nervous Breakdown founder Brad Listi about his new twice-weekly author interview podcast Other People.

If you're a John Le Carre enthusiast, or a fan of the actor Colin Firth, or both, bidding has begun on eBay to meet Mr. Firth at the Los Angeles premiere of the new adaptation of Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. (Proceeds benefit the charity Oxfam America.)

Slaughterhouse 90210 is a daily Tumblr created by Maris Kreizman that pairs images from popular culture with passages from literature. If you haven't seen it, check out the November 15 post featuring a photo of Ashton Kutcher with a passage from Emma Forrest's novel Namedropper.