Fate of Carl Sandburg's Home, Christmas Tree of Books, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Pulitzer-prize winning poet Carl Sandburg's boyhood home in Illinois, a historic site that receives about six thousand visitors annually, has closed to the public due to budget constraints, and its future is uncertain. (Chicago Tribune)

The International Creative Management Inc. (ICM) talent agency is in the process of a major restucturing. The agency represents many top novelists, including Jonathan Dee, Jennifer Egan, and Charles Frazier. (Wall Street Journal)

Next year, the United States Postal Service will release a series of stamps featuring twentieth-century American poets, including Joseph Brodsky and Sylvia Plath. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The San Jose Mercury News reports local merchants are angered over Amazon's new Price Check app.

Laura Miller examines why television is supplanting film as the ideal venue for literary adaptions. (Salon)

Adding to the year-end "best of" lists, the reviewers at the New Yorker list their favorite books of 2011.

Meanwhile, the staff of Algonquin Books share the titles they loved most this year, with Kevin Wilson's The Family Fang receiving multiple mentions.

In light of an attractive new printing of Phillip Pullman’s, His Dark Materials, Flavorwire showcases fifteen "gorgeous book cover redesigns."

If you're interested in making a Christmas tree out of books this season, GalleyCat found a photo to inspire you.