The Lost Art of Writing Love Letters, Captain Ahab's Ship Found Near Hawaii, 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:

An array of e-book best-seller lists have been unveiled by the New York Times.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Borders could file for bankruptcy as early as this week—an outcome with far reaching implications for the future of e-books and bricks-and-mortar bookstores.

Two independent booksellers have launched Bookstore Solutions Management with the intent of filling the recently (and soon to be) vacated chain bookstore retail spaces with a network of indie shops. (Publishers Weekly)

Edouard Glissant, a poet, writer, and academic from the French Caribbean, died in Paris on February 3, at the age of eight-two. (Guardian)

In honor of the occasion of one billion Valentine's Day cards passing between real and virtual hands, the Independent asks: Have we lost the art of writing love letters?

In a breaking of taboo, more books and stories with homosexual themes have been published in India in recent years. (Times of India)

The ship skippered by the man who inspired Melville's Moby Dick, Captain George Pollard, has been found in shallow water near Hawaii. (BBC News)

Some indie café in New York City are banning e-readers, much to the chagrin of one writer for the New York Times.