Jennifer Egan's Advice to Women Writers, Morrissey Memoir Needs a Trim, 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:

While Detroit Public Library faces closure of more than half of its branches, three of the city's suburbs may also see their local libraries shuttered. (Detroit Free Press)

A Miami University undergrad has developed an app to detect improperly shelved library books. (New Scientist)

New York City Public Library officials confirm the legality of watching pornography on library computers. (CBS News

A fiction editor responds to the backlash against Pulitzer Prize–winner Jennifer Egan's advice to young women writers to "shoot high and not cower." (Millions)

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has completed his memoir, which weighs in at over six hundred pages, despite the singer's opinion that he's "really not that interesting." (Guardian)

Members of a time-crunched Washington, D.C., book club ditch their books for their ever-accumulating New Yorkers. (Wall Street Journal via Huffington Post)

Thousands of newly discovered papers from Walt Whitman's time as a clerk in Washington, D.C., reveal the poet's relationship with current events of his time. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Politicized promotional efforts and merchandise tie-ins (Rearden Metal bracelets, anyone?) aren't keeping Atlas Shrugged: Part One from sinking at the box office. (Slate)