Author Throws Book at Obama, Rowling Voted Most Influential Woman, 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:

According to the New York Times, "the Chinese government continued its vilification campaign against the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed dissident, Liu Xiaobo, by canceling another meeting with Norwegian officials and denouncing the award as an affront to the Chinese people and a ploy to try to change the country’s political system."

An "over exuberant" author threw his book at President Obama during an event in Pennsylvania on Sunday with the relatively benign intention of getting on the president's reading list. No charges were filed. (CNN)

J. K. Rowling beat out Victoria Beckham and Queen Elizabeth II (in that order) to be voted Britain's most influential woman by a panel of magazine editors. (BBC News)

The New York Times asks an intriguing question: Is the spirit of the Beat poets living on in the Tea Party protests?

The Telegraph takes a closer look at The Song of Lunch, a televised film adaptation of a narrative poem by Christopher Reid.

National Public Radio's ombudsman is asking whether the radio entity over promoted a recent memoir from on-air host Michelle Norris, who is now the first author ever to appear on all four NPR-produced shows.

Will literary betting ever catch on in the United States? (DailyFinance)

A co-owner of Politics & Prose, one of America's most well-known indie bookstores and a "city institution" in Washington D.C., died of cancer on Monday at the age of seventy-four. (USA Today)