Google Launches Russian E-Bookstore, Literary Death Match TV, 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:

Google has launched its e-bookstore in Russia. (Digital Reader)

The New York Daily News details provocateur Bret Easton Ellis's attempts to grab attention via social media.

Recently, a public discussion on nature and poetry was held between renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass at the American Museum of Natural History. (Our Amazing Planet)

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, the Guardian attended a writing workshop to help authors pen more compelling sex scenes.

Also in London, the Charles Dickens Museum has reopened after a complete period restoration. (Telegraph)

The Brooklyn Rail takes a close look at the low-residency MFA program at Bard College, now in its thirty-third year.

For the fifth-straight year, Largehearted Boy has compiled (and continually updates) every "Best Books of 2012" list (and there are many).

If you're near Los Angeles, famed reading series Literary Death Match is filming its television pilot tomorrow evening.