Queens Library in New York City Cannot Afford Books, Dean Young Recovers, 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:

Poet Dean Young has recovered from the heart transplant he received in April, and he spoke to National Public Radio about it.

In yet another twist in the ongoing story, Harper Lee's sister released a statement denying the claims in an earlier statement allegedly released by Lee herself declaring her noncooperation with a forthcoming book about her life. The new statement from Lee's sister, dated May 21, reaffirms the family's cooperation with Marja Mills's The Mockingbird Next Door. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Kobo has launched a new version of its e-reader called the Touch, which, not surprisingly, has a touch screen and is small enough to fit in a jeans pocket, according to Jacket Copy.

Would more negative reviews eventually lead to better books? Prospect peers into the eight ball.

The publishing industry reacted with some trepidation to yesterday's news that Amazon has hired a prominent industry executive to head its New York City publishing office. (Bookseller)

The sixty-two branches of the Queens Library in New York City normally purchase around eighty-five hundred books a year, but due to budget cuts they haven't bought a single book since December. (New York Daily News)

Novelist Sam Lipsyte is developing an offbeat comedy for HBO, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

A French social scientist argues that rising literacy rates in the Middle East were a major factor in the Arab Spring revolutions that continue to reshape the region. (Spiegel International)