Two Festivals Celebrate Small Presses, More Books Bound in Human Skin, 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:

In more nightmarish news regarding Harvard University's recent discovery that three books from its libraries were bound in human skin, Melville House reports on the surprisingly common historical practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy and points to a number of works that were bound in human flesh, including a volume of poetry by John Milton.

The eighth annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair kicks off today with a reading by authors Lance Olsen and Shane Jones; the free event, which runs through Sunday, celebrates independent publishers and draws over 4,500 attendees each year. (Buffalo News)

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative launches its fourth poetry pamphlets series today, publishing or reprinting archived works by Ed Dorn, Adrienne Rich, and Helene Johnson, among others. (Harriet)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will publish a new book in September about the future of the Internet and his clash with Google chairman Eric Schmidt; When Google Met WikiLeaks will be published by OR Books, a small press based in New York. (Guardian)

The Millions lists the perfect books to help readers celebrate warmer weather and confront tax season.

Stephen Ornes of Slate argues for a merger between Mathematics Awareness Month and National Poetry Month.

A new online forum run by the Boston Review features poems by John Ashberry, Rae Armantrout, Cathy Park Hong, and others who ponder the loss of privacy in the era of monitoring by the National Security Administration.  

Biographer Adam Begley writes of novelist John Updike’s sense of place and its successful influence on his fiction. (Vulture)