StoryCorps Launches LGBTQ Series, Printers Row Lit Fest Turns Thirty, 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:

In the latest development in the ongoing e-book price-fixing conflict, judge Denise Cote has refused to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed in September 2013 by Australian e-book retailer DNAML against Apple and the five major publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin—involved in the legal battle. (Publishers Weekly)

StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that records and shares oral histories and interviews between family members and friends, will launch OutLoud, a new project featuring stories and experiences from the LGBTQ community, on June 28, a date which marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. (New York Times)

Over the weekend, one hundred and fifty thousand people attended the thirtieth Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, with two hundred programs featuring one hundred and fifty booksellers, presentations by several authors including Stuart Dybek and Luis Alberto Urrea, and an installment of the Human Library. (Chicago Tribune)

An author writing under the name Scott Maka released a self-published e-book on Sunday that fictionalizes events connected with missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Meanwhile, author Michael Koryta shares the harrowing experience of watching a tragedy similar to one he’d written about in a novel unfold in the news following his completion of the book. (Daily Beast)

Georgia’s poet laureate, Judson Mitcham, and the Georgia Council for the Arts have launched a poetry prize for high school students across the state. (Atlanta)

Meanwhile, Northern California’s radio station KQED offers a list of twenty-five books that can add diversity to children’s summer reading lists.