Tom Wolfe to Receive Major Honor, Oscar Wilde's Love Letters, 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:

Susan Lehman has been appointed publisher and editor in chief of Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, replacing Jonathan Karp. (New York Times)

CityLit Project, a six-year-old literary arts organization, will take up residence in the University of Baltimore's School of Communications Design. According to a press release, "CityLit will retains its independence as a nonprofit while it collaborates with the school on a variety of literary projects, raising awareness of the potential for reading and writing to change lives."

Tom Wolfe will be awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation at a ceremony in New York City on November 17. (Publishers Weekly)

While the Huffington Post takes a look at the history of the Oprah Book Club and ponders which of the two front-runners, Nelson Mandela's Conversations With Myself or Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, will feature in the club next, MobyLives offers photographic evidence that Franzen's tome may have already won the gold.

The "much-anticipated" release of the free e-book reading software Blio is set for September 28. Check out Publishers Weekly for details on the new digital platform's many capabilities.

A collection of love letters from Oscar Wilde is up for auction later this month at Fine Art Auctioneers Bamfords of Derby in England. (Telegraph)

The oldest bookstore in Ottawa filed for bankruptcy last month "after 51 years as a centerpiece of the city's literary world." (Ottawa Citizen)

According to a press release, the "PEN American Center today welcomed the Chinese government’s decision to lift its travel ban against renowned writer and Independent Chinese PEN Center Board Member Liao Yiwu, who is traveling to Germany to appear in several literary festivals in the coming weeks." Liao was forcibly removed from a plane by Chinese officials and placed under house arrest for attempting to travel to a German literary festival last March.