Book Thief Faces Incarceration, Gould Names Notable Memoirs, 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:

A British book thief was sentenced to three years in jail for his latest plunder from the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library in London. (The Telegraph)

Emily Gould, former Gawker editor and author of the memoir And the Heart Says Whatever (Free Press, May 2010), names notable memoirs on the Daily Beast.

Today released four audiobooks of Woody Allen's writing, featuring some of his humor, stories, and essays from the New Yorker. (Associated Press)

Serbian publisher Geopoetika is making strides to offer titles in English, releasing its own translations of Serbian literature in partnership with Serbia's Ministry of Culture. (Three Percent)

Amazon has been selling more e-books than hardcover titles. (Wired)

In September, Sharp will introduce two multimedia tablet devices similar to the iPad. (Wall Street Journal)

A Chicago suburb has lost its thirty-four-year-old bookstore, one of the area's first to dedicate shelves to gay and lesbian literature. (Oak Leaves)

Novelist and books contributor for the Guardian Robert McCrum asks readers to join in his "literary humiliation" and reveal what timeless tomes they haven't read.