Author Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like Shakespeare, Book-Scented Perfume, 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:

Best-selling Chinese author Zhang Yiyi announced plans to undergo ten surgeries in ten months in order to look like William Shakespeare. (Shanghai Daily via Herald Sun)

Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won a Pulitzer earlier this week, has now been optioned by HBO for development into a series. (Jacket Copy)

The inaugural LéaLA festival, a Spanish-language book fair in Los Angeles, will kick off in the city's convention center on April 29 and feature over fifty authors in three days of events. (Publishing Perspectives)

Designer Karl Lagerfeld, who apparently owns a few books, is rumored to have a book-scented perfume in the works called Paper Passion. (Mimi Frou Frou via Styleite)

Five years after he clashed with the legendary talk show host over factual discrepancies in his memoir A Million Little Pieces, James Frey is returning to The Oprah Winfrey Show in May. (USA Today)

As Amazon makes the Kindle compatible with e-book library lending, the New York Post notes that customers may still have to wait on a list for popular titles, such as Harlan Coben's mystery novel Caught, which has a 275-person waiting list for the e-book version at the New York Public Library.

Warsaw's International Book Fair has been canceled after a rival fair taking place "at the same place and almost at the same time," but with lower prices for publishers, stole the thunder of the fifty-five-year-old gathering. (

As libraries face closures and budget cuts across the United States and England, Library Journal has word of a pressing discussion taking place in the industry: "What is a good collective noun for a group of librarians?" A pride of librarians? A gaggle, compendium, or Dewey of librarians? A riot of librarians?