New York Book Week, Eugenides Sneak Preview, a Barnes & Noble Bidder, 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:

The PEN American Center announced that it has taken over administration of the Bellweather Prize (renamed the PEN/Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction), which was founded by Barbara Kingsolver in 2000. Starting in 2012, the center will award the twenty-five-thousand-dollar prize every two years to the author of an unpublished novel. (Press Release)

As The Oprah Winfrey Show shuts down after twenty-five years on the air, a number of media outlets including USA Today and the Los Angeles Times are taking stock of the huge impact of Oprah's Book Club on the publishing industry since it launched in 1996 with Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean.

So the world didn't end on Saturday but you can still read about it in the doomsday books gathered by Jacket Copy, and the Guardian, in case the rapture is rescheduled.

New York Book Week launches today in conjunction with Book Expo America, with events taking place at the Expo's main stage as well in libraries and indie bookstores around New York City.

Liberty Media, which also owns the cable channels QVC and Starz, reportedly made a bid for Barnes & Noble. (Jacket Copy) More on the offer over at MSN Money.

Borders lost $132 million in April, which was more than it lost in March. (Publishers Weekly)

Amazon hired publishing heavyweight Larry Kirshbaum, former CEO of Time Warner Book Group, to head up its new New York City publishing office. Kirshbaum will oversee the online retail giant's two recently announced imprints, Montlake and Thomas & Mercer, and develop new ones. (Bookseller)

Acclaimed author Jeffrey Eugenides is publishing a new book this October, and the Millions has a sneak preview of the first paragraph a full five months in advance.

Psychology Today has a new report on the enormous influence metaphors have on the way we see and experience our world.