Kindle Readers Can Now Swap E-books, Lit Crit's Evolution in the Electronic Age, 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:

Amazon has launched a Kindle feature that makes it possible to loan a friend an e-book. (Unthinkable)

With reading habits changing in the age of paperless publication, critics may need to reexamine the way they talk about literature. (New York Times)

A Boston prison library serves as an incubator for inmates, including a few burgeoning librarians. (Boston Globe)

Three recently rediscovered stories by Zora Neale Hurston reveal the author's relationship with urban life. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Guardian's 2010 books quiz tests readers' literary chops.

Minnesota's New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is holding its national Think-Off essay contest—the topic: Does poetry matter? (WKBT)

Beat-generation poet Janine Pommy Vega has died at age sixty-eight. (New York Times)