Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator, Self-Published Author Hits Best-Seller List, 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:

Yesterday was the centenary of Elizabeth Bishop's birth and, as the Guardian reports, she's more widely admired today than in her own lifetime.

Slake magazine and the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, are teaming up for a Bukowski pre–Valentines Day event featuring a special tour of the library's exhibit on the hard-living bard followed by a love-and-Bukowski-themed reading in Pasadena on February 13. (Jacket Copy)

A self-published writer of young adult novels, Amanda Hocking, will see three of her titles debut on USA Today's top fifty best-selling books list tomorrow.

William S. Burroughs would have been ninety-seven years old last Saturday, and Flavorwire honored the occasion with a list of ninety-seven things you might not have known about the Beat writer.

Powell's Books in Oregon announced the layoffs of thirty-one employees, citing large decreases in new book sales—"a clear indication that we are losing sales to electronic books and reading devices." (Columbian)

According to the Wall Street Journal, a new version of the iPad is on the way.

A new study reveals the role of language skills in understanding large numbers. (Wired)

If you want to have some fun predicting the title of best-selling nonfiction author Malcolm Gladwell's next book, check out the new Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator, which includes such potential gems as Power: How Power Powerfully Powers Power and Wink: the Power of Thinking While Simultaneously Flirting. (New York Observer)