Appiah Reelected as PEN American Center President, Borders Opens Doors to Book Clubs, 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:

Kwame Anthony Appiah has been elected to a second term as president of the PEN American Center. (Associated Press)

Unlike her U.S. counterpart, Britain's poet laureate is required to pen verse on current events affecting the nation. Carol Ann Duffy's latest poem memorializes the fall of that great modern Achilles, er, David Beckham. (Telegraph)

In an effort to "reshape itself into a local gathering place instead of a faceless superstore," Borders is inviting book clubs into its cafés. (Chicago Tribune)

All of John Grisham's works are now available as e-books. (USA Today)

The Chinese premier quoted ancient poetry in his latest parliamentary address. In fact, he "rarely gives a news conference without reeling off verse." (Reuters

As the iPad launches in a few weeks and demand grows for enhanced digital editions of books, agents are "shaking their heads over the idea of equivalency between a text-only e-book and a more sophisticated edition enriched with audio and video." (Daily Finance)

The Yale Alumni Magazine bemoans the death of the bookplate. See some beautiful examples here.

As many writers struggle to make ends meet in the difficult economy, it may perhaps bolster the resolve of some verse and fiction makers to remember that it has pretty much always been so. Lapham's Quarterly charts the humble day jobs of some of our most treasured authors.