Stevie Wonder Fights for Blind Readers, the Real Titanic Story, 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 new book by the granddaughter of the second officer on the Titanic reveals a new twist on the familiar tale: The grand boat didn't just crash into the iceberg; it was accidentally steered into it by one of the ship's crew. (Telegraph)

The PEN World Voices Festival in New York City announced that a new director, László Jakab Orsós, will head up the 2011 event. (Jacket Copy)

A local CBS station rounded up the top ten indie bookstores in Minnesota's Twin Cities, prompting some local residents to ask: "There actually are more than ten independent bookstores in the Cities?!"

How has being short-listed for the Man Booker Prize affected the sales of those six titles? (Bookseller)

Stevie Wonder lobbied the United Nations on Monday to make global copyright laws more friendly to blind readers who currently do not have access to audio versions of millions of titles due to international copyright restrictions. (Huffington Post)

Flavorwire offers a helpful slideshow tutorial on avoiding the most prevalent and "hackneyed" author photo poses.

In the days leading up to Banned Books Week, which kicks off on Saturday, the American Library Association reminds us that book banning is "alive and well" in the United States, where there were "460 recorded attempts to remove materials from libraries in 2009."

What's wrong with novels written in the present tense? Salon takes a closer look at the controversy surrounding this year's Man Booker Prize short list, which includes three such works.