Southern Review Editor Jeanne Leiby Killed in Car Crash in Louisiana, and More

by Staff

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:

Jeanne Leiby, editor of the Southern Review and a professor at Louisiana State University, was killed in a single-car crash in Louisiana on Tuesday. The New York Times has the story, with a few more details over at Jacket Copy and in a report at Avoyelles Today.

Amazon customers will soon be able to check out library books on Kindle devices and Kindle apps after the online retail giant announced plans to launch a Kindle e-book lending library later this year. (Daily Beast)

The mansion on Long Island in New York, said to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald in writing The Great Gatsby, is being razed to the ground this month, according to Jacket Copy, so that the property can be divided into five custom homes worth $10 million each.

Not to be outdone by Garth Risk Hallberg's piece in the Millions, the New York Observer's Tao Lin weighed in on the future of the novel.

After only short listing three novels for Australia's most prestigious literary prize, the judges for the Miles Franklin Literary Award claimed that many eligible books were too poorly edited to make it into the running. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The biennial Princeton Poetry Festival kicks of at the university's campus in New Jersey on April 29 with two days of events featuring founder Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, and Susan Wheeler. (Town Topics)

As a writer, is it better to live in New York City or Los Angeles? The Millions surveys the coffee-shop crowd.

Apple and Moleskin: a match made in hipster heaven? Meet the new Moleskin iPhone app.