Burroughs Obscene in Translation, a Record Label for Poets, 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:

A publisher and translator in Turkey are facing obscenity charges in that country for publishing William S. Burroughs's The Soft Machine. (Yahoo! News) The book also faced an obscenity trial in the U.S. upon its original release a half century ago.

As print books and bookstores fight to keep a place in the digital publishing revolution, Salon reminds us what a sanctuary a good bookshop can be with a slideshow of the world's most inspiring bookstores.

Despite rumors of bids for Borders last week, Bloomberg Businessweek says the book retailer is struggling to find a buyer for the entire chain, with rival Barnes & Noble reportedly interested in buying only ten shops. Meanwhile, Borders is offering customers free shipping on any book not stocked at its stores. (AnnArbor.com)

The Women's National Book Association has awarded its annual WNBA Pannell Award, general bookstore category, to Queen Anne Books in Seattle. (American Booksellers Association)

To mark the city's appointment as a 2011 World Book Capitol, an artist in Buenos Aires created a Tower of Babel out of thirty thousand books in languages from all over the globe. (Guardian)

More authors are making Google's Mountain View headquarters in California a stop on their West coast book tours, according to the New York Times.

Meet Unicorn Evil Records, a new record label for poets. (via Harriet)

What does your literary tote bag say about you? (Volume 1 Brooklyn)