Amazon's Largesse, Gunter Grass Unwelcome in Israel, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Salon delves into online retail giant Amazon's financial grants to small presses and literary organizations. “The grants are a blatant attempt to buy goodwill from an industry that they’ve ravaged," said a grant recipient who asked not to be identified.

The Israeli government declared German poet Gunter Grass "unwelcome in Israel" after a German paper published a new poem by Grass which accuses Israel of planning a preemptive strike against Iran. (CNN)

Poet D.A. Powell reports an Occupy Wall Street Anthology will soon be published. (Harriet)

The Paris Review honored New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers at its recent Spring Revel. (Velvet Roper)

Pinterest is now America's third largest social network, and GalleyCat uncovered ten literary boards to explore.

A recent article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology claims creativity and malleable ethics are interwoven. (Fast Company)

Meanwhile, author Maura Kelly examines "why storytellers lie." (Atlantic)

The Boston Globe lists over ten ways local bookstores are better than Amazon.

Flavorwire features the wildest book designs of all time, including books that can be eaten, planted, or glow in the dark.