AARP Books, the New York Public Library's Free App, Frey and Oprah Meet Again, 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:

Arabic and Kurdish writers shared a stage for the first time in the memory of those present at the British Council's International Literature Festival in Erbil, northern Iraq, last week. (Telegraph)

The American Association of Retired Persons is launching a publishing imprint, AARP Books, with John Wiley & Sons. (Publishers Weekly)

How does Hollywood decide which books to adapt into films? Publishing Perspectives take a closer look.

The New York Public Library has developed an app for the iPad called Biblion: the Boundless Library that is free and allows users to explore the library's vast collections, starting with its holdings from the 1939–1940 New York World's Fair. (Arts Beat and Book Bench)

Mark Doty, Daniel Handler, and Tayari Jones are among the twenty-six authors and poets performing at the annual American Library Association conference in New Orleans next month.

James Frey stopped by The Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time since 2006 to sit down with the media icon and "answer those lingering nagging questions, process their feelings, and let the healing begin." (Salon)

Quercus was named the best publisher of 2011 by British-based Bookseller at its annual industry awards ceremony in London.

Techconnect Magazine has a few specs on those alleged Amazon tablets—this report says two new devices are forthcoming—that may or may not be unveiled later this year.