The Guinness World Record of Book Signing, New York City Celebrates James Baldwin, 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 celebration of the ninetieth anniversary of James Baldwin’s birth, New York Live Arts will host a five-day festival in New York City later this month dedicated the life and work of the influential writer. (New York Times)

Author Ryan Avery will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record by signing five thousand copies of his forthcoming book, Speaker, Leader, Champion, at Colorado State University tomorrow. (Christian Science Monitor)

In the midst of ongoing crisis in the Crimean Peninsula, writer Jacob Mikanowski considers the geographical, political, and poetic histories that distinguish the region. (Millions)

ReedPOP, the organizer of BookExpo America’s BookCon, has responded to protests on Twitter regarding a scheduled panel of children’s authors including Daniel Handler, Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, and Rick Riordan, and has promised to diversify the panel. (Publishers Weekly)

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire, England, is currently displaying an original manuscript of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est,” a poem describing the author’s experiences in World War I. (BBC)

Following the closure of Rizzoli Bookstore Friday and ongoing discussion of challenges facing bookstore owners in Manhattan, New York Magazine examines the business practices of six successful independent bookstores in New York City. (New Yorker, New York Times)

Paul Barbera’s recent photographs of the Paris Review offices offer a rare look inside the magazine’s headquarters on West 27th Street in New York City.

The Irish Independent celebrates two new small presses in Ireland

Fiction writer Dell Smith explores how film can influence writing and editing. (Beyond the Margins)