Far-Right Protesters Attack London Bookstore, Librarian Sleuths, 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:

On Saturday a dozen far-right protesters attacked Bookmarks, a socialist bookstore in London, damaging displays and ripping up books and magazines. Three members of the UK Independence Party have been suspended pending an investigation into the incident. (Guardian)

Kevin Kwan, author of the internationally best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians, is developing an original drama series for Amazon. The untitled series centers on a powerful Hong Kong family and the business empire they control. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians debuts in theaters on August 15. (Variety)

About as exclusive as the luxury cars themselves, a new collector’s art book about Ferraris costs a whopping $30,000. Published in October by Taschen, the “massive tome” offers “unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari Archives,” and comes with a sculptured steel and chrome book stand and an aluminum display case. (Digital Trends)

Atlas Obscura looks at a group of “librarian sleuths” who help readers track down the titles of half-remembered books.

“I need to feel like I have an infinite amount of time ahead of me in order to do anything.” Poet, journalist, editor, and translator Katrine Øgaard Jensen discusses the challenges of balancing a job with personal writing projects and how the multiple roles inform one another. (Creative Independent)         

Ben LeRoy has been named the first executive director of the Independent Publishers Caucus, an advocacy group for independent presses that launched last year. (Publishers Weekly)

At the New York Times, Grace Shulman, former poetry editor of the Nation, criticizes the current poetry editors’ recent apology for publishing a poem by Anders Carlson-Wee that uses black vernacular.