Bookselling in Baghdad, the First Bookless Library, Paradise Lost in 3D, 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:

What is it like to own a bookstore in Baghdad, Iraq? (Associated Press)

As expected, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was selected on Friday as the next pick for the Oprah Book Club, effectively putting "an end to one of the more famous rifts in today's book world," according to the Christian Science Monitor. (Oprah revoked an earlier invitation to Franzen for his 2001 novel, The Corrections.) The Chicago Tribune called Franzen "the Lady Gaga of the book world" for his present ubiquity.

The stakes at Barnes & Noble are high over whose candidates—chair Leo Riggio's or investor Ron Burkle's—will get elected to the three open board seats at next week's shareholders meeting. (New York Times)

The Wall Street Journal's new book review section will launch this Saturday. (Yahoo! News)

Virgin America airlines may soon offer e-books to passengers on flights. (eBookNewser)

A Portland, Oregon, bus driver has been suspended for allegedly driving his route while reading a Kindle. (KGW)

Check out what may be "the first actual bookless library," located at the University of Texas at San Antonio. (Inside Higher Ed)

LA Weekly takes a look at the impact on city residents now that the Los Angeles Public Library, including all its branches, is only open five days a week.

John Milton's Paradise Lost is apparently getting a new film adaptation "crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D." (Screened)