Super Book Bowl, Zeitoun Arrested, 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:

The New Yorker examines the plagiarism scandal of Q. R. Markham, whose first novel, Assassin of Secrets, was pulled from the shelves by Little, Brown.

According to the Smoking Gun, Abdulrahman Zeitoun was arrested last year for domestic abuse. Zeitoun, the award-winning nonfiction book by Dave Eggers, recounts Zeitoun's heroic efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Los Angeles Times)

In case you missed the Super Book Bowl on Twitter last night, Shelf Awareness has the final score.

Harper's features this e-mail exchange between Jim Fingal, a fact-checker for the Believer, and the writer John D’Agata, concerning D’Agata's 2010 article on the suicide of Las Vegas teenager Levi Presley.

Tomorrow marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and biographer Claire Tomalin says kids today lack the attention span to truly appreciate the great writer (BBC News); the New York Times looks at Dickens and his view of lawyers; and American Conservative offers, "Amid the wreck of capitalism and socialism, Dickens is timelier than ever."

Galleycat reports the youth of Vietnam seek out literature banned by the communist regime.

Meanwhile, Sai Gon Giai Phong, the "organ of the Party Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in Ho Chi Minh City" reveals Vietnam celebrated its tenth-annual poetry day yesterday, which coincided with its first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival, at which eighty-one foreign poets from twenty-seven countries read alongside local poets.

Open Culture lists a compendium of writing rules from famous authors.

Writers and book critics Laura Miller and Maud Newton have launched a new iPad-related blog, the Chimerist, described as: "Two iPad lovers at the intersection of art, stories, and technology."