Harvard to Publish Liu Xiaobo in English, World Book Night, 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:

Harvard University Press will publish a collection of critical essays and poetry by Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. (Publishers Weekly)

A new initiative in Ireland and the U.K. called World Book Night will attempt to give away one million books "of enduring quality" to adults in those countries on March 5, 2011. (Guardian)

According to New York magazine, film director Paul Thomas Anderson may be adapting Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel Inherent Vice for the big screen.

How do professors choose which applicants to select for an MFA program? One former decider spills the beans. (Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour)

After thirty-six years, the Country Bookshelf bookstore in Bozeman, Montana, has a new owner. "I loved every minute," said outgoing owner Mary Jane DiSanti. "There wasn't a day I wasn't excited about going to work. It's the books and the people, too." (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

According to Library Journal, new fiscal budgets in Britain will see library service in the country "severely affected," with as many as one quarter of all library positions facing elimination.

Meet Matthew Carter, the "most-read man in the world." (He designed the typefaces Georgia and Verdana.) (Economist)

A sixty-four-year-old bookstore owner in Salt Lake City, Utah, was found stabbed to death in her store on Tuesday afternoon. According to her brother, Sherry Black "built up that business over forty years by herself." So far there are no suspects, and nothing appears to be missing. (Associated Press)