D.C.'s Iconic Bookstore Finds a Buyer, Bankrupt Borders Wants to Give Bonuses, 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:

After sifting through a flurry of offers, the owners of Washington, D.C.'s most prominent independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, has settled on buyers—two former Washington Post journalists. (Washington Post)

In spite of what seems to be a constant stream of bad news about books and language, theorist Marjorie Garber proves, through research encompassing a hundred years, that "literature always seems to be at a crisis point—and it always recovers." (National Public Radio)

Who better than the Magnetic Fields, Deerhoof, and Rufus Wainwright to form a soundtrack to the inner life of Elizabeth Bennett? Flavorpill offers a playlist for Jane Austen's heroine.

Abiodun Oyewole, a founder of the musical group the Last Poets and the New York City poetry and music salon Open House Sundays, faces eviction from the apartment where he has hosted the gatherings since 1979. (Daily News)

Bankrupt Borders seeks to pay bonuses to select employees. (Bloomberg)

One inventive Kindle-owner has developed a handy translating tool specific to the device, Kindlefish—an homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams's translating creation, the Babel fish. (Wired)

Graphic novel icon Neil Gaiman's (nongraphic) American Gods is headed for the big screen. (The Daily Blam)

The Daily Beast asks, "Can you tell Star Jones from Chekhov?"