A Lost C. S. Lewis Aeneid Translation Is Published, National Grammar Day, 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:

Celebrated Alaska poet John Haines died in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Wednesday at the age of eighty-six. (Anchorage Daily News) Friends and fellow writers remember him in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

A translation of Virgil's Aeneid carefully worked by C. S. Lewis, long thought lost to a 1964 bonfire of the author's papers (after selecting what was significant to him, Lewis's brother burned everything not fortuitously saved by a visiting scholar in a fire that lasted three days) will be published next month. (Independent)

As the U.K. prepares for the big World Book Night event on Saturday, in which a million books will be given away, the Guardian asked a bunch of acclaimed writers which books they love to give away, and which books they have been most grateful to receive.

Speaking of World Book Night, despite fears to the contrary, the titles being given away on Saturday have seen a boost in their sales figures. (Bookseller)

Tucked into yesterday's news conference to unveil the iPad 2 was the news that Random House finally signed on to sell its e-books through the iBooks store. (Publishers Weekly)

Today is National Grammar Day, and says Grammar Girl, "It's not only a date, it's an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!"

OR Books has gathered Tweets from the activists responsible for the Egyptian uprising into a new book called Tweets From Tahrir, and the New Yorker takes a closer look.

A French court dismissed a criminal-libel charge against a book editor and New York University professor who published a short negative review of a book by an Israeli author, who then brought the legal complaint against him in France. Karin N. Calvo-Goller, the plaintiff, was ordered by the court to pay damages to Joseph H. H. Weiler, the defendant, "in reparation for the harm caused by the improper nature of her action." (Chronicle of Higher Education)