Historic Giovanni’s Room Closes Its Doors, New York City's Secret Libraries, 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:

Giovanni’s Room, a Philadelphia bookstore and historic landmark said to be “the oldest and largest lesbian, gay, and feminist bookstore in the world,” is closing this month after forty-one years of operation. (Slate)

Meanwhile, NPR takes a look at New York City’s Posman Books as it prepares for the opening of its fourth store.

The Atlas Obscura catalogs the lesser-known (and stunningly beautiful) libraries in New York City.

Robert Darnton of the New York Review of Books argues for the freedom of digital libraries.

High school student Anita Norman of Arlington, Tennessee, was named the national champion at the recent Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C.

Former teen heartthrob and Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly has penned a memoir about his experiences with the hit show, which will be released today by HarperOne. 

Novelist Edwidge Danticat discusses the contemporary conditions of sugar harvesting and manufacturing in the Dominican Republic and the negative effects on workers that have persisted for centuries. (Creative Time Reports)

Poet and novelist Kim Triedman discusses the influence of Barbara Kingsolver and other writers on her own late-blooming writing career. (Beyond the Margins)

Flavorwire takes a look at some of literary history's most intense author breakups.