Rona Jaffe Winners, Why Typewriters Are Better Than Computers, and More

by Staff
9.3.10

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 Rona Jaffe Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2010 Writers' Awards. Six women writers, all of whom "demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers," each will receive twenty-five thousand dollars. 

Salon has the shocking story of a twenty-six-year-old reader who refuses to give up on print books. Meanwhile, Susan Orlean loves her iPad. (NetworkWorld)

The attention Jonathan Franzen's big book has been getting lately prompted Slate to consider whether the New York Times Book Review really is a boy's club, as some have claimed. The answer, at least according to Slate's numbers: Sort of, yes.

The New York Times looks at how a Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has become "an important part of the fabric" of the community. Still, the store plans to close next year.

Speaking of Barnes & Noble, the war of words with Ron Burkle rages on. (Publishers Weekly)

The American Booksellers Association is gearing up for Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2. 

Typewriters are better than computers. Just ask the oldest typewriter repairman in New Haven, Connecticut. (Yale Daily News)