Busboys and Poets Expands, a New York Public Library Scavenger Hunt, 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:

The couple who bought Politics & Prose, one of the nation's highest-profile bookstores, located in Washington, D. C., wrote an article for their former employer, the Washington Post, about why they bought a bookstore when so many others are going out of business.

The New York Public Library is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary with, among other events, an overnight scavenger hunt that will see five hundred people scampering around the library to find objects and then write essays about them. (Jacket Copy)

The long list for the inaugural Indie Booksellers Choice Awards has been announced, with works by the late Barry Hannah, Nicole Krauss, and Emma Straub among those honored.

According to the New York Times, outside the United States "the digital book business is still in its infancy."

J. K. Rowling is reconsidering her stance on e-books and may now sell the digital rights to the entire Harry Potter series, which, according to her agent, could net around $130 million. (Scotsman)

Rutgers University is under scrutiny this week after paying reality TV star (and sort-of author) Snooki from The Jersey Shore two thousand dollars more to speak at the university than Toni Morrison will receive for giving the university's commencement address in May. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will take place at the University of Southern California campus from April 30 to May 1, featuring more than four hundred authors such as Mary Higgins Clark, Dave Eggers, and Patti Smith. (Jacket Copy)

Busboys and Poets, the popular restaurant and culture venue with three locations in the Washington, D. C. area, discussed with Publishers Weekly the launch of its new publishing imprint, which is slated to release two poetry books this month, as well as plans to expand to San Francisco and Denver.