The Nature of Words in Oregon, Dancing in the Seattle Library, 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:

The Nature of Words, an Oregon-based literary arts organization, will showcase its new literary arts center at two events—a ribbon cutting and an art walk—in the coming weeks in Bend, Oregon. (Press Release)

According to the New York Times, publishers have purchased "at least six books relating to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20," and several more book proposals are under consideration. 

Haaretz has the latest on a developing story:  A judge in Tel Aviv has ordered that the contents of the four boxes of Franz Kafka manuscripts recently opened in Zurich, Switzerland, must be fully catalogued. Furthermore, the judge ordered that the list of contents be published—a rejection of the request for a gag order from the Israeli woman who inherited the documents.  

The Sony Reader Store has sold over ten million e-books and a spokesperson for the company has claimed that the company is  "well on our way to doubling this number by year's end." (Publishers Weekly)

A great niece of Al Capone, now a seventy-year-old grandmother, will publish a book this fall recalling what it was like to grow up a Capone. Some of the other family members are not too happy about it. (Wall Street Journal)

Meet the Humane Reader, a new twenty-dollar e-reader designed to "bring e-readers to the poor." The device has no monitor but plugs into a television set. (TechEye)

Orlando Figes, the writer and historian who was recently caught slamming his colleagues' books with fake reviews on Amazon, will pay damages and costs to two historians who launched a libel case against him. (Independent)  Figes also issued an apology.

Earlier this month, a large number of patrons at the Seattle Public Library wanted to dance with somebody. (YouTube)