Drugstore Cowboy Author Arrested, Novelist Hires Actresses to Read Her Book, 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:

Slate poeticizes Sarah Palin.

James Fogle, the author of Drugstore Cowboy, a novel about a group of addicts who steal drugs from pharmacies, has been arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from a pharmacy. (New York Times)

Novelist Jennifer Belle hired forty actresses to burst out laughing while holding her newest novel, The Seven Year Bitch, in public places in New York City. (New York Post)

Columbia University Press will publish the late David Foster Wallace's undergraduate thesis, Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, next January.

Barnes & Noble now has an iPad app. (CNET)

A Chinese novelist who is suing Google will have his day in court after settlement talks failed. (Associated Press)

On May 7, around one hundred Target stores started selling the Kindle; beginning June 6 the device will be available at all 1,740 Target locations.

The PBS NewsHour last night aired a segment about the "digital frontier of the written word" featuring Scott Turow and Jonathan Galassi.  

Lawrence Ferlingetti is pushing for Poets Plaza in San Francisco's North Beach. (GOOD)