and Amazon Blur the Lines, Mortenson Sued in Montana, 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:

Three major publishers—Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster—have cocreated a new Web site called, where customers can buy books as well as read reviews, excerpts, and author news. (New York Times)

What with Amazon pushing into publishing, and publishers pushing into direct Web sales and content, the lines between different parts of the publishing industry are rapidly blurring. (Publishers Weekly)

The inaugural Chuckanut Writers Conference in Washington State takes place in late June at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.

Filmmaker Ethan Coen, who, along with his brother Joel, has made a host of iconic films including The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country for Old Men, is publishing a second collection of poems in 2012 with Crown. (Jacket Copy)

Random House is rushing a bin Laden-related e-book out  today, according to Publishers Weekly, while Jacket Copy reports a number of other bin Laden books in the works from publishers.

After years as a free membership site for writers looking to self-publish poems and comment on the works of others,, which is owned by self-publishing service Lulu, went offline. (

According to the Huffington Post, Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson is now being sued by two Montana residents over fabrications in his book.

The American Library Association has elected Maureen Sullivan as its president for the 2012–2013 term.


Such a tremendous shame

Such a tremendous shame that this happened to It's hard enough to find good publishing sites like this one, to have several of the top ones disappear over some nonsense is just too sad.