Edwidge Danticat on the Earthquake, Harold Bloom in the Hospital, 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:

Novelist Edwidge Danticat, who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is still awaiting news from her family (Wall Street Journal). Democracy Now has video of Danticat discussing the tragedy.

Harold Bloom canceled his classes at Yale this semester due to illness.

The parent company of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is again looking to restructure its debt, according to a statement released by the company (GalleyCat).

France proposed a digitial book swap with Google as a way to resolve a dispute over online publication (Reuters).

The National Book Foundation is now accepting applications for the Innovations in Reading Prize, 2010.

The New York Public Library launched an online exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of Voltaire's famous satire, On the Road With Candide (Independent).

Seventeen percent of all book sales tracked in 2009 were related to vampires, the undead, or the paranormal (USA Today).

"Google" was voted Word of the Decade by the American Dialect Society (Telegraph).

Canadian indie booksellers emulated colleagues in the United States and the U.K. in reporting a strong holiday season (Publishers Weekly). 

The Authors Guild reports that Google has simplified the process for submitting a claim for settlement benefits.

Grand Central Publishing announced a two-book deal with renaissance comedian Steve Martin (New York Times).