The End of Borders, L.A. Libraries Rally, 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:

Borders is forced to shut down all of its stores, with liquidation to begin as soon as Friday. (Wall Street Journal)

After a year on a restricted schedule, the Los Angeles Public Library brings back Monday hours to all seventy-three of its branches. (Los Angeles Times)

"For readers who find humanity in orthographic quirks," says Opinionator blogger Virginia Heffernan, "these are great times." With less rigid publishing schedules, waning author discipline, and full-time proofreaders and copyeditors an endangered species, more and more typos are making it into books.

Novelist A. L. Kennedy advises on how to survive your book's promotional period: For starters, don't read the interviews, don't look at the photographs. (Guardian)

The Millions reveals a tiny taste of Haruki Murakami's highly anticipated, massive novel 1Q84, forthcoming in October from Knopf.

"First you take a drink," said F. Scott Fitzgerald, "then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." Book Beast looks at the boozy decline of "America's drunkest writer."

Flavorwire checks in with the big writers of the nineties, from Katherine Dunn (Geek Love) to Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale) to Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation).

Does naming the world distance us from it or create intimacy? National Public Radio's Krulwich Wonders blog revisits a debate between poets Mark Doty and Yusef Komunyakaa on the subject.