BOA Appoints Publisher, New Sony E-Readers, and More

by Staff

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 New York Times reports that 10.3 million people are expected to own e-readers and approximately 100 million e-books will be purchased in the United States by the end of this year. 

Peter Connor has been promoted to publisher of BOA Editions, where he has worked in editorial and marketing since 2003. 

Sony announced a new line of e-readers. Jacket Copy has the details. 

More than a hundred British poets contributed to an e-anthology of poetry created to protest the British government's public spending cuts. (Guardian)

Denver has chosen first-time author Kathryn Stockett's The Help for its One Book/One Denver program, a citywide book club in its seventh year. (Denver Post)

There wasn't much evidence of "Franzen Frenzy" at St. Mark's Bookshop in New York City on Monday night, despite the fact that the legendary bookseller extended its hours to sell the book at midnight. As one shopper reported, when the hour struck and an announcement was made, "there was a barely discernible ripple of acknowledgment from the patrons. [A clerk] placed a handful of copies on the New Fiction shelf, mixed in among the other authors whose names begin with F." (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)

Toronto's poet laureate launched a new initiative last week called Poetry Is Public Is Poetry, which showcases and celebrates the work of Canadian poets.

Borders reported another disappointing financial quarter yesterday. (Publishers Weekly)