Trolley Tour of Pittsburgh's Indie Bookstores, Calls for a Plath Memorial, 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:

A book lover in Pittsburgh has organized trolley tours of the city's libraries and indie bookstores over the next two weekends, respectively. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The New York Times rounded up the "heavyweight titles" that publishers plan to roll out during the upcoming fall season. 

As reported last week, some folks who live in the neighborhood of the Barnes & Noble near Lincoln Center in New York City are sad to see the store closing its doors. The New York Observer reminds everyone that residents of the same neighborhood protested the store's opening fifteen years ago.

A spokesperson for The Oprah Winfrey Show announced that Oprah's Book Club will choose its next title "during a live episode airing on September 17." (Associated Press)

Even though Tony Blair's recent memoir "has officially become one of the fastest-selling memoirs since records began," according to the Bookseller, the author was the target of thrown shoes and eggs as he arrived at a book signing in Dublin, Ireland. (BBC News)

Author and atheist Christopher Hitchens, currently undergoing chemotherapy for a cancer diagnosis, has asked his fans not to pray for him. (Guardian)

Publishers Weekly dispatched from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival in Georgia this weekend, and you can read about all the fun at PWxyz

Fans of Sylvia Plath have called for a "proper memorial to her life and work." (Observer)