NYPL's Centennial Exhibition, Newt Gingrich the Amazon Reviewer, 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 New York Public Library is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, its towering main branch, with a Centennial Exhibition of a tiny fraction of the fifty million items acquired by library collectors over the years, including a Gutenberg Bible, one of Malcom X's journals, and Virginia Woolf's walking stick.

Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series of books adapted by HBO into True Blood, has become the fourth author to sell one million e-books on the Kindle. She joins Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts. (Jacket Copy)

Twenty unpublished stories by A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess were discovered among his papers at a research center in Manchester, England. (Guardian)

Comedian Will Ferrell will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in October. "I will now begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque mustache in anticipation of the event," said Ferrell. (Arts Beat)

Did someone bid on Borders? Publishers Weekly heard it through the hopvine.

Publishing Perspectives learned eight lessons from the World E-Reading Congress in the U. K. earlier this week. 

Newt Gingrich, who recently announced his candidacy for president, has reviewed 156 books on Amazon and was at one time ranked among their top reviewers. The Washington Post takes a look at what we might learn about the candidate from his literary tastes and analysis. (For example: Only six of the books were authored by women.)

Meet First Lady Michelle Obama, childhood poet. (White House)