HarperCollins Limits Lending of E-books, Bookstore Saved by Community, 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:

After facing closure due to bankruptcy, Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York, is being revived thanks to residents of the city. The only independent bookstore for new books in the area will reopen in April as a community-owned co-op. (Cornell Daily Sun)

Effective today, HarperCollins is limiting libraries' lending of e-books, a move that has prompted some librarians to call for a boycott of the publisher's offerings. (Chicago Tribune)

Psychology Today ponders the treatment of characters of color in literature, prompted by an inquiry by blogger Tami Harris: "Which is better—to be triggered, to be a token, or to be erased?"

London's Olympic Village will include a prominently placed line of Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses." The quote will be engraved on a stone wall that will remain after the games, when the venue will be converted to a residential community. (Guardian)

After two weeks of taking nominations, the San Francisco Chronicle's Dean Rader reveals his list of the ten greatest poets, with Pablo Neruda, "a poet with so much cultural cache that he could be a viable candidate for president," at the top spot. (New York Times)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrates Nikki Giovanni and Terry McMillan with Image Awards in literature. (Examiner)

Despite the novelist's past rebukes against its government, Mexico awarded Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa the country's top honor for a foreign citizen, the Order of the Aztec Eagle. (ABC News)

Meanwhile, controversy stirs in Argentina over Vargas Llosa's planned appearance as the keynote speaker at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair next month due to his criticism of the country's current populist administration. (Canadian Press)