Bill Murray Walks Super Fast for Poets House, Susan Orlean's Big Tweet, 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:

Stieg Larsson's longtime companion has decided not to accept a settlement from the author's family for a share of the proceeds from Larsson's successful Millennium trilogy. (New York Times)

Austria's national library has struck a deal with Google to digitize four hundred thousand copyright-free books. (Independent)

The annual Poets House walk across the Brooklyn bridge took place on Monday night and, "as expected, Bill Murray stole the show as the consummate professional poetry-reader, not to mention gracious host and super-fast walker." (Forbes)

The twentieth International Poetry Festival of Medellin kicks off in Columbia on July 8, 2010, featuring eight days of events and celebrations with poets from all over the world. 

This year's National Book Award finalists will be announced in October at the childhood home of Flannery O'Connor. (Los Angeles Times

The Wall Street Journal would like to point out that "those who think that Twitter is killing the attention span of readers should check out one of today’s big trending topics [started on Tuesday by Susan Orlean]: 'Books That Changed My World' (or, in twitter-speak, #booksthatchangedmyworld)."

Library users in New York City staged a twenty-four-hour read-in on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library this weekend to protest cuts to the city's library budget. (Guardian)

Moleskin has a hip new notebook that also serves as a Kindle case. (eBookNewser)