A Literary Magazine Renaissance, Times Announces E-book Best-seller Lists, and More

by Staff

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:

PEN American Center president and author Kwame Anthony Appiah testified before Congress on Tuesday about Nobel prize winner Liu Xiaobo and attempts by the Chinese government to censor news of the award within China.

From yesterday's paper: "In an acknowledgment of the growing sales and influence of digital
publishing, the New York Times said on Wednesday that it would publish e-book best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction beginning early next year."

Have the Internet and digital technology led to a renaissance for literary magazines? (Guardian)

What books was George W. Bush reading during his presidency? (Jacket Copy)

According to the Bookseller, Terry Pratchett and Martin Amis both picked up lifetime achievement awards at the inaugural Galaxy National Book Awards held at BBC studios in west London on Wednesday night.

Some New York City literary agents, for various reasons but primarily financial ones, have done the "unthinkable": moved their offices from Manhattan across the East River to Brooklyn. (New York Times)

Check out this Huffington Post slideshow of the most beautiful college libraries.

As Soft Skull Press closes the doors of its New York City office and moves to California to join the operations of Counterpoint Press, "It's essentially the end of the line for a company born in 1993 at a Kinko’s just below Union Square," according to New York Press, which took the occasion to take a look back "at one of the most provocative, daring, loved and hated independent presses in New York."