Ted Hughes Enshrined in Poets' Corner, the Tenth Annual Black Writers' Conference, 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:

The celebrated poet and National Book Award winner Ai Ogawa died unexpectedly on Saturday in Oklahoma at the age of sixty-two. (Daily O'Collegian) Poets & Writers Magazine contributing editor Rigoberto González pays tribute here.

The tenth annual Black Writers' Conference takes place later this week at Medgar Evers College in New York with Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison serving as honorary chairwoman. (New York Times)

Ted Hughes will be honored with a memorial plaque in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey "alongside commemorations of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Shelley and Blake, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, John Rushkin, Handel, and Laurence Olivier." (Guardian)

Wired explains how the forthcoming iPad will change the world. 

Publishers Weekly released its list of best-selling hardcover books for 2009. 

Apple is set to add the catalogues of Perseus Book Group and Workman Publishing Company to its iBookstore after reaching deals with both indie publishers. (New York Times)

The second annual Rainbow Book Fair, the largest LGBT book event in the country, takes place this Saturday in New York City. 

Random House UK managed double-digit profit growth in 2009 with all "eligible staff" now due to receive a bonus. (Bookseller)

In honor of March Madness, the Christian Science Monitor gathered a list of the top ten basketball books "guaranteed to boost knowledge and increase spectator pleasure."