French Author's Claims Against Strauss-Kahn, Brian Eno's Poetry Experiment, 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:

French fiction writer and essayist Tristane Banon announced plans to file sexual assault charges against former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested in New York City in May after similar claims were brought against him by a hotel employee. In response, Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have threatened counter-suit for slander. (Slate)

Poet Rick Holland collaborates with musician and producer Brian Eno on a new album, released today, of spoken word, "left field electronica, New Age soundscapes, and oblique pop songs." (Washington Times)

Iowa City's literary festival is looking for its own stable of collaborators on Twitter, to contribute to a novel-writing project set to take place from July 15 to July 17. (Daily Iowan)

Censorship in China may not be such a bad thing for authors, CNN GO suggests, with "book tourists" traveling from the mainland to Hong Kong to purchase—and bring home with relative ease—banned titles.

For literary tourists on the western side of the continent, the Telegraph rounds up writer's homes to visit in England.

One way to prevent summer brain drain, an improvisational literary game works out those prose-writing muscles. (New York Times)

Vanity Fair reimagines the stylized, "vanilla-absurdist" marketing copy of Groupon's daily offers through the ink of literary greats.

Recalling his years as "a young man who needed a good talking to," writer Michael Bourne found a "poetical declaration of independence" in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. (The Millions)