Barnes & Noble's DIY Platform Goes Live, Reading Lolita at Twelve, 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:

As the Nobel Prize in literature announcement approaches, the Los Angeles Times looks at the nature of book award competition.

Philip Larkin's letters to his muse and lover Monica Jones shed light on his collaborative creative process. (Telegraph)

A Liverpudlian poet pens verses to lift Londoners' spirits during the current subway strike. (BBC News)

In contrast to last year's recession-shrouded event, optimism reigns among publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. (Guardian)

Taking in Lolita during one's formative years could provoke "misreading." (Paris Review Daily)

Barnes & Noble launches PubIt, an e-book self-publishing service. (CNET)

A new coffee shop near the New York Public Library at Bryant Park turns a classic library motif on its side. (New York Times)

Is a national digital library in our future? (NYR Blog)