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:
Amazon is expanding its business into central Europe with new warehouses in the Czech Republic and Poland. Operations director Tim Collins said, “In terms of unions themselves, we don’t see a need for that.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Waiting to be called up to the podium that day, I knew my life would be changed forever, and that nothing would ever be the same.” On his blog, poet Richard Blanco reflects on the one-year anniversary of his reading at the presidential inauguration.
The New York Times speaks with Michael Proffitt, the new editor of the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary, about the state of our evolving language. (“Unfriending,” by the way, has been in use since 1659.)
Oprah magazine gathered thoughts from various authors, including Meg Wolitzer and Jeannette Walls, about the moment they knew they wanted to dedicate their lives to writing.
Former U. S. poet laureate Billy Collins will appear on the Leonard Lopate Show today. (WNYC)
Carolyn Kellogg reports that actor B. J. Novak signed a two-book deal earlier this week, just shy of the publication of his first collection, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. (Los Angeles Times)
“Every map tells a story, and writers yearning for new ways to tell stories are drawn to them.” Casey N. Cep discusses the importance of maps in literary narrative. (New Yorker)