Rebecca Mead on Jane Austen Bank Note Vitriol, Poet Kanwal Bharti Arrested, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Indian police arrested poet Kanwal Bharti after he criticized his government on Facebook. (Wall Street Journal)

Bowker reports women buyers accounted for 58 percent of book spending in 2012. (GalleyCat)

Rebecca Mead weighs in on the vitriolic response to the Bank of England’s decision to display Jane Austen on the British ten-pound note. (New Yorker)

Michele Filgate examines how writers are using social media as a type of public diary. (Salon)

In Hollywood news, a film adaptation of Ann Leary’s The Good House is in the works with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in the lead roles. (Boston Magazine)

Meanwhile, a Tumblr has been created that showcases the books that appear on the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

BuzzFeed explains why you should read Zadie Smith.

NPR features Robert Pinsky, who discusses the inherent music of poetry, and the pleasures of reading aloud.