Google Tallies the World's Books, an Overlooked Editor Remembered, 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:

Zadie Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Ethan Hawke, Paul LeClerc, and Steve Martin will be honored for their cultural achievements at the New York Public Library's Library Lions gala on November 1. (New York Public Library)

While we're still getting used to the idea of Sean Penn as famed literary editor Maxwell Perkins, the Telegraph profiles "largely forgotten" editor Eunice Frost, who championed the likes of Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh. 

Flavorwire has named the ten best-dressed literary characters, from Jay Gatsby to the title character in Virginia Woolf's Orlando (the film adaptation of which, incidentally, is back in theatres eighteen years after its original release, with opulent costumes abounding).

Online bookmaker William Hill has set Booker Prize odds in favor of David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Tom McCarthy's C. (Guardian)

Indiana State University's library estimates it will take a few weeks to reshelve twenty-five thousand books tossed from falling shelves caused by a simple mishap. (Tribune-Star)

By Google's count, there are currently 129,864,880 books in the world. (Inside Google Books)