Sony Reader Ends North American Business, Laura Miller on Literary Elitism, 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:

Former U. S. poet laureate Maxine Kumin died yesterday at age eighty-eight. Kumin won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973 for her book Up Country: Poems of New England. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Newly merged Penguin Random House will close two Penguin warehouses as it restructures its warehouse and distribution network. The publishing giant distributes two million print books each day. (Shelf Awareness)

Laura Hazard Owen reports that Sony will quit the North American e-book market and hand over its Sony Reader customers to Kobo in late March. (GigaOM)

Author Alexander Chee examines the nature of pervasive Internet outrage. (DAME)

And Salon’s Laura Miller asks: “Is the literary world elitist?

If you’re trapped in the Polar Vortex, Joe Winkler looks at how the poetry of John Keats and Robert Burns may help. (Volume 1 Brooklyn)

Today is Charles Dickens’s birthday. (Los Angeles Times)