The Morning News Tournament of Books Begins, Harry Ransom Center Acquires DFW Archive, 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:

While college basketball fans gear up for March Madness, book lovers can happily feast on the Morning News Tournament of Books, a bracket-style elimination tournament in which judges crown a single book as this year's champion.  

A new edition of Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce will incorporate over nine thousand changes in "the closest approximation to what you could describe as a definitive edition." (Irish Times)

Inmates in North Carolina can now write novels and send them to publishers without fear of having them destroyed by guards, which happened to one prisoner's manuscript before the ACLU intervened. (News Observer)

An increasing number of full-grown adults are reading novels aimed at young adults. (Los Angeles Times

The late David Foster Wallace's archive has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The archive includes childhood poems by the writer but, so far, not much that "explores or offers insight into the depths of Wallace's depression." (Yahoo)

The New York Times announced plans to spin off its New York Times Book Review as a separate product available for purchase on various mobile and e-reader devices. (Poynter)

The Canadian Booksellers Association is urging the Canadian government to reject Amazon's bid to open a distribution center in the country. (Star)

As expected, Borders began layoffs last week on what employees are calling "Black Thursday." (Publishers Weekly)