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 residents of Stony Stratford, England, have successfully checked out every single one of the town library's sixteen thousand books, in an effort to show support for the library and protest its impending closure. (Independent)
In a related story, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and other famous Twitterers helped create a global wave of support for libraries over the last few days on the social networking site (#savelibraries). (Guardian)
Today is Thesaurus Day, commemorating the birth of the author of the first work of collected synonyms, Peter Roget. (Chicago Tribune)
The Book Tavern in Georgia planned to burn books (not controversial ones, just random old ones like HTML for Dummies) in a "tongue-in-cheek satire" to draw attention to the fate of outdated books on Sunday. But after customers reached the goal of one thousand Facebook fans for the indie bookseller—the quota needed to stop the flames—a stay of execution was granted. (Publishers Weekly)
According to the Bookseller, 2011 could be a big year for literary adaptations. Indeed, Fight Club director David Fincher is in talks with Trent Reznor to adapt Chuck Palahniuk's novel into a musical. (Badass Digest)
The American Dialect Society has voted app the 2010 word of the year.
Can artificial intelligence translate poetry? (NPR)