Amazon Warehouses Investigated Following Fatalities, New App Plays With Ulysses, and More


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:

Two Amazon fulfillment centers located in Avenel, New Jersey, and in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, are under investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Heath Administration after recent fatalities involving workers were reported. (U.S. Department of Labor)

Just in time for Bloomsday, today’s celebration of the life of James Joyce and his novel Ulysses—the events of which all take place on June 16—a Tel Aviv–based designer has launched an app that allows users to “literally wrestle” with the Joyce’s text. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Sweny’s pharmacy in Dublin, featured in Ulysses and in operation for one hundred and sixty-seven years, faces closure. (Slate)

Next week, Las Vegas will host the American Library Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, with nearly 20,000 librarians, authors, publishers, and vendors scheduled to attend. (Publishers Weekly)

Author Elin Hilderbrand recently announced that she is battling breast cancer, a fight which began shortly after the publication of her novel The Matchmaker, which features a character struggling with the disease. (Huffington Post)

Self-publishing platform Smashwords recently added a feature to its site that reports daily sales for its users from retailers including iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Overdrive, and the site’s own store. (GalleyCat)

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, poet William Logan laments the focus on prose in contemporary culture and calls for the reintroduction of poetry into school curricula.

TM, a design and advertising studio based in Brussels, recently released a second edition of Inspiration Pad, a creative take on the standard lined writer’s notebook. (Colossal)