Howl Premieres at Sundance, HarperCollins Digital Launched, 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:

HarperCollins announced the creation of HarperCollins Digital, a new division that will use digital strategies "to provide what authors need today to reach book consumers online" (Publishers Weekly).

Bloomsbury USA drew criticism for the second time this year for featuring a white model on the cover of a book featuring a black character (Salon).

A flim about Allen Ginsberg's Howl premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this week (Guardian).

Amazon introduced a plan to offer increased royalties to authors and publishers for discount books sold on Kindle (Reuters).

Book View Cafe, a digital publishing collective for professional authors, announced a partnership with the digital publisher Smashwords to "distribute their out-of-print, reverted rights, and unpublished works as e-books."

The twelfth annual Gathering of Fisher Poets takes place over the next month in the Oregon coastal towns of Astoria and Newport (OregonLive). 

The black-clad figure who has toasted the grave of Edgar Allen Poe every year since 1949 did not show up this year on Poe's birthday (New York Times). 

Vintage launched an online reading group in partnership with the social networking provider Webjam. Booktrust launched its first reading and writing project for people in their sixties (Booktrade).

A fifty-three-year-old bookstore in Vancouver closed it doors yesterday because of the economic recession (National Post).