Forbes's Ten Most Powerful Women Authors, Librarians as Thought Leaders, and More

by Staff

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:

Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alice Walker and make Forbes's list of the ten most powerful women authors who "can tell (and sell) a good story."

Book lover Jennifer Frances cashed in her retirement savings to create Bess the Book Bus, a touring bookmobile that brings books—and eyeglasses—to young people. The bus, which has delivered over a quarter-million books since 2002, is touring Detroit this week. (Detroit Free Press)

A Canadian couple struggles to manage a collection of three hundred fifty thousand books they rescued from being burned by an overwhelmed neighbor. (CBC News)

TEDxLibrariansTO, an independently organized group affiliated with TED (the nonprofit sponsor of talks and conferences focused on "ideas worth spreading"), is looking for submissions of videos on the theme "librarians as thought leaders."

Will Amazon's foray into publishing squash the competition? And could the move actually be good for writers? (Christian Science Monitor)

Embattled Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson undergoes heart surgery as media scrutiny of him and his foundation, Central Asia Institute, continues. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Until Saturday Unbridled Books is offering twenty-five of its e-book titles for twenty-five cents each through a variety of independent booksellers. (Publishers Weekly)

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