Brooklyn Appoints New Poet Laureate, Oddest Book Title of the Year Entries, 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:

Authors are joining Macmillan's fight with Amazon by removing links to the online retailer from their Web sites and calling on readers to boycott the company, the Guardian reported, while Macmillan titles removed from Amazon's site are current bestsellers on the sites of Barnes & Noble and Borders, according to TechCrunch. Macmillan received an "amazing standing ovation" at an American Booksellers Assocation meeting for its efforts against the Web giant's e-book pricing policies. (Bookseller)

Brooklyn, New York, appointed a new poet laureate yesterday. (Broadway World)

Borders' largest shareholder said Tuesday that the bookstore chain may ultimately merge with Barnes & Noble. (Publishers Weekly

Amazon acquired a start-up company that specializes in touch-screen technology, indicating that it may have plans to upgrade the Kindle device to compete head-on with Apple's iPad. (New York Times)

Midwives in the U.K. are using poetry to help women in labor. (News Wales

A British writer is combining quantum mechanics and sheep to create random poems. (BBC)  

The Bookseller's annual prize for the oddest book title of the year has seen a record number of submissions. (Independent

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, boasting an all-star line-up and eight days of readings, lectures, and debates, kicks off next month at Christ Church college, which, remarkably, has educated thirteen of England's prime ministers.