FBI Investigates Borders Bombs, Philip Roth on Not Reading Fiction, 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:

Crude explosives were discovered in a Borders store in Colorado, prompting an FBI investigation. (MobyLives)

Philip Roth has "wised up" and no longer reads fiction. (Financial Times)

Meanwhile, father of New Journalism Gay Talese, whose daily routine includes an enviable amount of reading, prefers fiction to nonfiction "because it's better written." (Atlantic Wire)

Memoirist Dani Shapiro muses on the loss of her mentor, author and feminist Esther Broner, who died at the age of eighty-three last week. (Huffington Post)

England's Poetry Society is experiencing some internal conflict after a boost in funding affected a "sudden, complete change of management style." (Telegraph)

Scotland's Edinburgh International Book Festival saw record ticket sales yesterday, with some die-hard readers lining up for the box office at 3 AM. (Guardian)

For works by foreign authors to make it into the hands of U.S. readers, a major literary award may be the best vehicle. (Christian Science Monitor)

An upcycled, DIY lamp gives new meaning to illuminated text. (via Boing Boing)