Neil Gaiman Plays Dress-Up, Cats With Jetpacks, 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:

The Huffington Post offers advice on finishing a book every week.

Shelf Awareness reminds readers in the U.K. and Ireland to celebrate World Book Day.

Dressed as a badger, author Neil Gaiman has joined Malorie Blackman, Terry Pratchett, and twenty-three other British writers to be photographed in costume as favorite children’s book characters for a new photography exhibit at the Story Museum in Oxford, England. The exhibit, titled “26 Characters: Celebrating Childhood Story Heroes,” opens April 5 and will close in November. (GalleyCat)

A recently digitized German war manual includes illustrations of animals transporting incendiary devices that resemble jet-propulsion backpacks. (Guardian)

Author and illustrator James Gurney, creator of the Dinotopia series of books, has had Europe’s largest carnivorous dinosaur named after him. Fossils of the Torvosaurus gurneyi were first discovered in 2003; though smaller than a Tyrannosaurus rex, the dinosaur named for Gurney would have resembled the commonly known predator. (Los Angeles Times)

Author and scholar Wendy Doniger writes an opinion piece for the New York Times regarding India’s blasphemy law, which was used to successfully force her book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, off the market in that country last month.   

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is the subject of a Google doodle today in celebration of the 208th anniversary of her birth. (Telegraph)

Gabriel García Márquez celebrates his eighty-sixth birthday. (Paris Review)