British Publisher Adopts Giant Panda in China, Sonic Youth at Naropa, 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:

Cambridge University Press has adopted a giant panda at a Chinese research facility "in a bid to build closer working links with the country and to help protect this endangered species." As the press release keenly notes, "This is the first time a publisher has been granted access to a giant panda in this way."

Publishers Weekly takes a closer look at how publishers are addressing the question of apps.

The Christian Science Monitor has a laugh about the plethora of "best of 2010" lists that began emerging with a good one-sixth of the year still yet to spool out.

Bookstore sales fell 7.7 percent in September, the worst month of the year so far. (Publishers Weekly)

Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will teach a workshop at the Jack Kerouac Institute for Disembodied Poetics this summer. (Colorado Daily)

Spillcam is the top word of 2010, according to the Global Language Monitor.

Publishing Perspectives shares the story of Pitchapalooza 2010, along with six tips for perfecting your book pitch.

The fourth annual Quidditch World Cup—in honor of Harry Potter's fictional game—swept into New York City this weekend with Middlebury College beating Tufts University in Sunday's final. (Associated Foreign Press)