Art Spiegelman's Favorite Books, a Hundred-Year-Old Book Club in Illinois, 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:

The legendary Strand Book Store in New York City has launched a Curated Collections Series in which famous folks pick a gaggle of their favorite books. First up: Art Spiegelman.

The Zetema book club in Ottawa, Illinois, has been meeting continuously for over one hundred years, including during World War I, when members made bandages for overseas troops during meetings, and during World War II, when members paused a meeting to hear President Roosevelt declare war on Japan over the radio. (Chicago Tribune)

According to Library Journal, HarperCollins has announced that e-book titles licensed to libraries will be able to circulate only twenty-six times before the license expires.

Publishers Weekly has named four finalists for its annual Bookstore and Rep of the Year Awards, which will be presented at BookExpo in May.

Bloomsbury has predicted that 2011 will be the "year of the e-book." (Bookseller)

The first major tablet competitor for the iPad, the Motorola Xoom, is now available for purchase. (New York Times)

A previously unpublished novel by Australian author Patrick White, called The Hanging Garden, will be published next year on the centenary of his birth. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Clothing stores and other outlets not primarily trading in books are successfully selling more and more print titles alongside their other wares. (New York Times)