Today Is National Punctuation Day, the Battle Over Steinbeck's Estate, 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:

Today is National Punctuation Day. (Seattle Times)

Chinua Achebe has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, for "unprecedented impact" in his chosen field. (

A bookstore in Montclair, New Jersey, held a summer reading competition for adults, and the overall winner was New York Times editor and writer Dana Jennings, who read sixty-one books between July 1 and September 7. (

John Steinbeck's summer home in Sag Harbor, New York, is "part of a long-running and bitter family estate battle, pitting the surviving sister of the author’s third wife, Elaine, against his oldest son and a granddaughter." (New York Times)

The Huntington News takes a closer look at Boston's indie bookstore scene.

The Oregon bus driver who was videotaped reading a Kindle while driving his bus route down Interstate 5 has been fired. (FOX)

The Millions has a report from one of James Franco's MFA colleagues at Brooklyn College on what it was like to not get coffee with the actor who stars as Allen Ginsberg in the biopic Howl.

Are you a Jane Eyre–type or a Wuthering Heights–type? (Guardian)


National Punctuation Day: A Punctuated Essay Overusing ,;--'...[

I, that is, all of us, know punctuation's our friend (albeit not real, but as that famous punctuator E.E. Cummings said, "The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." which doesn't exclude words); punctuation blesses our writing -- perf...ects/lifts it -- so that words (Dare I include paragraphs, w/ or w/o the pilcrow [¶]? Nay!) come alive: far from being anti-intellectual, ideas mean more... mean everything they can.؟