Barnes & Noble Removes Books Over Kindle Deal, Poetry Day, 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:

After it was reported that DC Comics had an exclusive agreement to release one hundred titles on Amazon's new Kindle Fire, including graphic novels such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman, rival Barnes & Noble reacted by e-mailing stores yesterday instructing workers to remove all one hundred books from their shelves. (Bleeding Cool)

Meanwhile, Amazon has launched a French-language Kindle store. (Wall Street Journal)

In light of yesterday's announcement that Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer won the Nobel Prize in literature, Wired revisits the Nobel laureate of 1954, Ernest Hemingway, with an audio recording of Hemingway's acceptance speech. "For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment."

At the end of this month, Ethan Nosowsky will move from his position as editor-at-large at Graywolf Press to a new position as editorial director at McSweeney’s, where he will acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction titles. (GalleyCat)

In case you missed it, yesterday in the United Kingdom, as well as in Chicago, it was Poetry Day. Harriet has more on this day's history, as well as thoughts on Poetry Week and National Poetry Month.

And to celebrate Poetry Day, Flavorwire lists ten poems everyone needs to read.

The Guardian, in a continuing series discussing great short fiction, today features Denis Johnson. "Published in 1992, Jesus' Son is one of the best short story collections of the last twenty-five years."

On the occasion of Susan Orlean's newly released book, Rin Tin Tin, the Byliner spotlights writers and their dogs, including Jim Harrison's favorite dog (an English setter named Tess), and Roy Blount Jr. on the state of being "dogless."