Neko Case Sings for Poetry, 50 Cent Writes Against Bullying, 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:

Indie siren Neko Case is giving a free concert at the Poetry Foundation's new digs in Chicago. The lottery for tickets to the Saturday show is open until 5 PM today. (Chicagoist)

Rapper Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, is penning a semiautobiographical novel about bullying. (Arts Beat)

From Winnie Ille Pu to Harrius Potter, Mental Floss recommends ten translations that might make learning Latin a little more fun.

Yale University announces plans for a creative writing prize to rival the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius" Fellowships. Prose writers and playwrights (poets may be honored later on) will be up for the annual one-hundred-fifty-thousand-dollar prizes starting in 2012 or 2013. (Jacket Copy)

Despite challenges imposed by budget cuts in the tens of millions and the rapidly changing needs of its patrons, the New York Public Library has been quick on its feet to innovate. The Atlantic thinks the publishing world could learn from this literary lion.

The British Library has struck a deal with Google to digitize a quarter-million books. (Two-Way)

Missing all those books you purged to make room for that e-reader? Artist Emanuela Ligabue introduces a line of faux volumes for the decorating set. (Flavorwire)

Need a place to put all your new tomes? One Japanese architecture studio has designed an entire house of bookshelves. (Tecca)