Kate Bush Sings Joyce's Ulysses, E-book Piracy, Kafka Postcards, 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:

In the dawning digital age, what's the future of libraries? National Public Radio takes a closer look.

After fifty years in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, indie bookstore the Novel Experience will close its doors at the end of April. “It’s been a gradual decline, but the fact of the matter is that we have not been profiting as a business for a number of years,” said owner Jim Hill. (Tribune)

The Bodleian Library at Oxford in England has partnered with a rival, the German Literary Archive, to purchase over one hundred letters and postcards from Franz Kafka to his favorite sister, Ottla. (Guardian)

The Boston Globe takes a closer look at e-book piracy, which, though prevalent, has not yet "hollowed out" the publishing industry in the same way it did the music industry.

James Jones's famous novel From Here to Eternity will finally be released in its uncensored form—"explicit mentions of gay sex and a number of four-letter words" were cut from the version published in 1951—as an e-book from Open Road Integrated Media, which will also release nine more of Jones's novels in digital form. (New York Times)

What manuscripts are hot items at this year's London Book Fair? Publishers Weekly reports on the rights to new titles from Jeffrey Eugenides, Naomi Klein, and Susan Orlean.

Twenty years after she asked for it, singer Kate Bush has been granted permission to use the words of Molly Bloom, from James Joyce's Ulysses, in a song on her new album. (Telegraph)

As UConn bested Butler in the finals of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad topped Jonathan Franzen's Freedom in the final round of the Morning News' Tournament of Books to be crowned this year's champion. (Jacket Copy)