The Dream of Poetry Parnassus, Morrison Inducted Into Legion of Honor, 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:

National Novel Writing Month has attracted some negative publicity this year—like this essay from Salon's Laura Miller—as well as some vigorous defense, like this post from Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg.

Amazon's editors are counting down their top one hundred books of 2010 on the Omnivoracious blog, with the top ten books revealed today.

Literary artists in greater numbers are turning to sites like and to help raise funds for entrepreneurial projects. (Publishing Perspectives)

According to Forbes, the NOOKColor won't save Barnes & Noble.

Music company Cash Money Records—rapper Lil Wayne's label—announced plans to launch Cash Money Content, a book imprint that will distribute a "catalog of authors and books in all topics, including education, politics, food, and lifestyle" through a division of Simon & Schuster. (Wall Street Journal)

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has been inducted into France's Legion of Honor. (USA Today)

Poet Simon Armitage has launched an initiative called Poetry Parnassus that will culminate in a weeklong gathering of poets from around the world during the 2012 Olympics in London. (BBC)

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