To Kill a Mockingbird Turns Fifty, BEA Kicks Off in New York City, 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:

To Kill a Mockingbird turns fifty this summer; the classic Harper Lee novel will be honored in at least fifty celebrations and events across the country. (New York Times)

BookExpo America kicks off today in New York City. Jacket Copy previews the event while Publishers Weekly has an early report from inside the show's inaugural DIY Conference Marketplace. 

The Association of American Publishers reported a 16.6 percent increase in book sales for the month of March, contributing to an 8 percent increase for the year. 

The Korean film Poetry won the Best Screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend. (Chosun Ilbo

A new documentary featuring Nick Flynn, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, and David Sedaris attempts to answer the question: "What's so scary about bad writing, anyway?" (New Yorker)

According to the Wall Street Journal, Flarf poetry has "blossomed into an anything-goes style no longer restricted to Google searches—so long as it is novel and edgy." (Shell Fischer covered the experimental poetry movement for Poets & Writers Magazine a year ago.)

Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and a graduate of Hollins University, gave the commencement address at her alma mater on Sunday. (WDBJ)

"Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain," according to a massive twenty-year study led by the University of Nevada.