Amazon's Kindle Sold Out, James Franco's Short Story Collection, 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:

Tonight is the last night to catch a conceptual art exhibit at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art that features the poetry of Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska projected in giant illuminated text onto the building's northwest-facing facade. (Boston Globe)

Random House announced that Susan Kamil will be taking over publisher responsibilities from president and publisher Gina Centrello. Kamil will also continue in her current position as editor-in-chief of Little Random and Dial Press. (Publishers Weekly

Peter Carey, the Australian novelist long-listed for this year's Man Booker Prize, would become the first three-time winner if he snags the prize later this year. (Telegraph) Check out G&A: The Contest Blog later today for more details on the longlist.

Skyhorse Publishing has purchased all of the assets of Arcade Publishing, which filed for bankruptcy last year shortly after the death of its founder, Richard Seaver. (Publishers Weekly)

According to SlashGear and, Amazon is currently sold out of the Kindle. No estimated date of availability has been announced.  

Eighteen local bookstores in North Carolina are banding together to offer financial support to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which saw three branches close indefinitely on June 19 due to budget cuts. (Charlotte Observer)

A Maryland man was sentence to ninety days in jail this week for stealing a tarantula from his local library. (Washington Post

The actor and perennial MFA student James Franco has a collection of short stories forthcoming, and Publishers Weekly offered an intriguing (and irreverant) peek at the galleys.