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:
HarperCollins placed an e-book on sale before the print edition for the first time yesterday. Deepak Chopra's Muhammad, a fictionalized biography of the religious figure, went on sale early "to meet demand for the book since the national conversation has turned to Islam and the planned community center and mosque near ground zero." (New York Times)
An Atlanta artist has posted satirical haiku mimicking advertising signs all over the city. Here's an example: "Build Personal Wealth / In the Comfort of Your Home! / Read to your children." (Guardian)
A new app for the iPad called Poet's Pad "is designed to let poets write, arrange, and store all of their creative writings and poetry concepts, while offering a few tools to help provide inspiration." (PCWorld)
Maple Creek, a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada, is hosting its twenty-first annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering next weekend in conjunction with the Western Art and Gear Show. (Regina Leader-Post)
A Cambridge University psychologist claims that by examining a person's taste in movies one can determine what kinds of books she will like. (Miller-McCune)
A whole host of international authors will be appearing at this Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City. (Publishing Perspectives)
The forty-three-year-old Katonah Poetry Series in New York's Hudson Valley is on the verge of shutting down due to a lack of funding. The series has featured many of America's most celebrated poets, and was directed by former poet laureate Billy Collins for eighteen years until 2008. "It's surprising and dismaying to me that this series could be breathing its last breath surrounded by such affluence," Collins told the New York Times.
Publishers Weekly went to the Moscow Book Fair earlier this month and posted a slideshow of photos from the event.