Remembering Louis Reyes Rivera, Tibetan Poet Under House Arrest, 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:

The Guardian reports Tibetan poet and blogger Tsering Woeser was prevented by Chinese police from attending an awards ceremony in her honor at the Dutch embassy in Beijing, and is now under house arrest. Woeser gained attention in 2008 after writing of ethnic violence in Tibet.

The American Library Association calls on Random House to reconsider its decision to raise the price of e-books for libraries.

James Atlas, veteran publisher, editor, and author, will select and edit a series of biographies for Amazon, called Amazon Lives. (New York Times)

The former Brooklyn, New York, home of author Truman Capote has sold for a record twelve million dollars. (Flavorwire)

Reversing the trend of media outlets trimming books coverage, Slate has launched a monthly book review. Senior editor Dan Kois heads the new section. Speaking with the New York Times, Kois said he’ll employ “a mix of staff writers and freelancers to produce author interviews, essays and multimedia pieces, as well as reviews."

An opera based on Ann Patchett's novel Bel Canto has been commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with a score by Jimmy Lopez, and a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. (Shelf Awareness)

The Sacramento Bee examines the success of literary journal Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, founded by publishing juggernaut Dave Eggers.

Lists of Note features a personal list of behaviors satirist Jonathan Swift hoped to avoid in old age. Number six: "Not to tell the same story over and over to the same people."

In sad news, poet and activist Louis Reyes Rivera has passed away. (Polite on Society)