Tin House and Dzanc Books Support Bookstores, the Best Bad Books, 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:

Tin House will begin accepting unsolicited manuscripts on August 1 for both its magazine and books divisions, on one condition: "The submission must include a receipt that proves the author has purchased a book at a bookstore."

Not to be outdone, Dzanc Books has responded to Tin House's new policy with its own gesture: "For the month of July, we at Dzanc will donate a book to a school/library for each proof of purchase provided to us of a book bought at an independent bookstore."

Sony has mirrored recent moves by Amazon and Barnes & Noble by lowering the price of its three e-readers. (Engadget

According to a recent study, "it will take you longer to read a book on an iPad or Kindle compared to the printed page." (PCWorld)

Booksellers are already excited by the early buzz from Jonathan Franzen's forthcoming novel, which hits bookstores in the U.S. in August. (Guardian)

In a recent speech on immigration, President Obama quoted lines (and, ommitted one) from the famous Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. (Oval

A new novel casts a genetically engineered "part human, part ape" as an adopted fourteen-year-old girl growing up in Chicago. (New York Times)

The Telegraph has gathered a list of "the best bad books you've never read."