The Costly Standoff Between B&N and Simon & Schuster, A Revolution in Chinese Literature, and More

Bryanna Tidmarsh

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:

Publishers are watching the standoff between Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster closely as the bookstore uses cutbacks on book orders from the publishing house as a negotiation tactic. (New York Times

The Economist  looks at the revolution of Chinese literature as a growing number of Chinese writers turn to online writing as a way to avoid state censorship. 

D. H. Lawrence’s war poetry critiquing British imperialism has been saved from censorship, and the Guardian reports it will be published on March 28 by Cambridge University Press. 

In an interview with Publishers Weekly’s Leigh Anne Williams, D&M’s publisher and co-founder Scott McIntyre reveals the conditions that led to the decline of the Canadian independent publishing house last year. 

USA Today reports that Salinger, a new documentary about The Catcher in the Rye author J. D. Salinger—featuring interviews with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, and Martin Sheen—will hit the big screens on September 6. 

Nobel Award–winning poet Seamus Heaney argues the merits of making chilrdren memorize poems to develop their cultural ear. (Telegraph

Claiming that everyone is working on a book these days, the Daily Muse blog offers up Book Publishing 101. (Mashable) reports on Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz’s participation in the the inaugural Tokyo International Literary Festival, his love for Japanese culutre, and how it has influenced his writing.