International Freedom to Publish Winner Arrested, n+1's Ground Zero Report, 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:

Literary magazine n+1 has a report from the scene at Ground Zero in New York City immediately after the news broke about the death of Osama bin Laden.

Author Salman Rushdie writes in the Daily Beast that in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has some explaining to do.

Six Alabama libraries suffered significant damage during the recent spate of tornadoes tearing through the South, and at least two or three may be damaged beyond repair, according to Library Journal.

Argentina is considering a pension plan of around six hundred fifty dollars a month for writers who have published five books or invested twenty years in "literary creation." (Guardian)

E-book sales grew 300 percent in the U.K. in 2010. (Bookseller)

Engadget is reporting that Amazon may have a tablet rival for the iPad in the works, and may ship the new device as early as later this year.

Cursive writing is in decline, according to the New York Times. Cursive writing is deeply primal and will never disappear, according to Slate.

On his return home from receiving the International Freedom to Publish Prize in Buenos Aires, underground publisher Bui Chat was arrested by Vietnamese authorities, his award and the accompanying certificate were confiscated, and he know faces nine months in prison. (Radio Free Asia)