Theodore Roethke's Birthday, Another New Amazon Publishing Imprint, 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:

Amazon launched another new publishing imprint called Thomas & Mercer that will focus on mysteries and thrillers, adding to its new romance imprint, Montlake. (Publishers Weekly)

In another Amazon development, the online retail giant announced that it now sells more Kindle e-books than all print books—hardcover and paperback—combined. (Press Release)

A new BBC documentary set for release later this year will see the novelist Melvyn Bragg explore the legacy of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath in America. (Guardian)

The novel is not dead, according to the Boston Review.

The Friends of Theodore Roethke Foundation is sponsoring three days of events and readings in the late poet's hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, on the occasion of the Pulitzer winner's 103 birthday this weekend. (Saginaw News)

UCLA is hosting a Stieg Larsson and Scandinavian Crime Fiction symposium this weekend. (Jacket Copy)

Simon & Schuster is expanding its operations in India by opening a publishing office in New Delhi, according to the Bookseller.

Jan Seale of McAllen, Texas, has been appointed poet laureate of the Lone Star State. (Brownsville Herald)