Utne Award Winners Announced, Nooks Outnumber Kindles in March, 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:

The 2010 Utne Independent Press Awards were held Sunday night in Washington D.C., with Orion taking the General Excellence award along with winners in nine other categories.

Nooks outshipped Kindles in March, according to Digitimes Research. An analyst attributed the strong showing partly to Barnes & Nobles's physical retail outlets, and partly to the fact that the Kindle has been around for a while and consumers just like to buy whatever is newest. 

A British author claims to have solved the seventy-year-old murder of the Earl of Errol, a famous real-life murder mystery, in his new book. (Telegraph)

Jacket Copy gathered highlights from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this week, including notes from an authors panel on the future of earthquake-ravaged Haiti. 

Speaking of jacket copy, George W. Bush's memoir now has an official release date of November 9 and the Huffington Post asked readers to improve the official book jacket, with predictably hilarious results.  

In case you had any ideas, it turns out sleeping with an iPad "prevents the brain producing the melatonin one needs to get a good night's sleep." (Register

There's a new award show this year to honor the best and worst book trailers. Submit a trailer to the 2010 Moby Awards here

Meet the Barn Poets, formerly the Humpback Poets, of Muncie, Indiana. (Star Press