Love and Revolution in Egypt, Vida Counts Women Writers, and More

by Staff

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:

Vida has gathered some startling data on the number of women writers represented in major literary publications in 2010 versus the number of men represented. From the poet Amy King, who organized the research: "We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity."

Is the fight over Stieg Larsson's literary legacy turning Eva Gabrielsson, who was the author's partner for thirty-two years, into a real life Lisbeth Salander? (Sydney Morning Herald)

If you're headed to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference for the first time this week, Jacket Copy has some tips for navigating it.

Despite reports of impending bankruptcy, Borders announced Wednesday that it intends to stay in business. (

The director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt now has pictures and video on the library's Web site of the country's youth holding hands in a giant protective circle around the great library as crowds of protestors pass in the street. "I am happy to report that opponents and supporters joined hands in protecting the library," said Ismail Serageldin.

In a related story, best-selling author Alaa Al Aswany talked to the Independent about how a revolution is like being in love. "It has been a unique experience not to read about history but to live inside history," he said. Aswany plans to write a book about the ongoing events.

Ben Yagoda reported on "a whole new strain of bad writing" for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

From the Guardian: Is speculative fiction about to break into the literary canon?