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:
Bloomsday, the annual celebration of "the raunchy, transcendent Dublin day recounted in James Joyce's Ulysses," is nearly upon us—June 16—and New York City has planned a host of festivities to mark the occasion. Stephen Colbert will play Odysseus in a staged reading of scenes from the novel for Bloomsday on Broadway, while "the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the City of Brooklyn, a social club, is marking its one hundred fiftieth anniversary by organizing one of Brooklyn’s first large-scale Bloomsday-inspired events." (New York Times) Check out all the details at Bloomsdaynyc.com.
Amazon will soon launch a Kindle app for Android phones.
The Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest takes place in the windy city this weekend with panel discussions, readings, author signings, and events for kids.
Bucknell University's bookstore is moving to a new downtown location in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, next week.
Apparently it's going to be a long summer: The Los Angeles Times book editors have selected a summer reading list of sixty forthcoming titles.
IREX, a Dutch electronics firm, filed for bankruptcy "in what looks to be an early casualty of the e-reading device wars." IREX had agreements to sell its e-reader through Barnes & Noble, but unfortunately "the device faced several delays in reaching the market and missed the 2009 Christmas shopping season." (Publishers Weekly)
Forbes posits five things the book publishing industry should learn from "the media that survived the first wave of the distribution revolution: movies and music."
The author of the popular Artemis Fowl children's series, Eoin Colfer, will publish his first book for adults next year, a noir crime-thriller titled Plugged. (Bookseller)
The World Cup kicks off today in South Africa and Flavorwire has compiled "the ultimate World Cup reading list" in honor of the occasion. The Guardian asked legendary sports writer Mihir Bose to compile a list of the top ten football (er, soccer) books.