The Power of Libyan Fiction, Royal Wedding Poems, California Reads, 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:

As battles continue to rage in Libya, Booker Prize–nominated Libyan novelist Hisham Matar describes the power of fiction to unsettle a dictatorship, and the year Moammar Ghadafi put an entire generation of Libyan writers in prison, where he left them for a decade. (National Public Radio

A Chinese publisher has paid one million dollars for the right to publish Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude in the first authorized Chinese version. (Guardian)

According to the Wall Street Journal, Fontbonne University has rescinded its offer to bestow an honorary degree on Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson, who is currently facing allegations of financial mismanagement of his charity, Central Asia Institute, as well as claims that he fabricated key elements of the memoir.

On the occasion of a royal wedding, British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has gathered new poems that are each a sort of wedding vow, including a verse of her own. (Guardian)

Twenty-five percent of Californians read a book a week, according to a new survey. (Jacket Copy)

Penguin's e-book sales doubled in the first quarter of 2011. (Bookseller)

Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is facing criticism after declaring that he would vote for left-wing presidential candidate Ollante Humala in Peru's upcoming elections. Vargas Llosa first compared both candidates to "cancer and AIDS" after the election's centrist candidates canceled each other out in the primaries, leaving two extreme candidates, of which Vargas Llosa declared Humala the lesser of two evils. (Guardian)

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