Waits Releases Chapbook to Benefit Homeless, Dylan Signs on for Two More Memoirs, 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:

From iPod giveaways to readings among sex toys, Ayelet Waldman and other authors respond to expert advice that "to get noticed, you have to throw more at people than just your book." (Wall Street Journal)

Canadians got their hands on 2.7 million books last week. (CBC News)

Anne Carson's Nox and Marilynne Robinson's Gilead make the Guardian's "top ten dead bodies in literature" list.

Bob Dylan will write six more books for Simon & Schuster, including two autobiographical follow-ups to his memoir, Chronicles: Volume One. The Telegraph looks back at the critics' responses to the 2004 book.

India's Jaipur Literary Festival begins this weekend and sparks a debate about the lingering effects of British colonial rule on Indian literature. (Reuters)

Proceeds from musician Tom Waits's limited-edition poetry chapbook, set for publication in February, will benefit California's homeless. (Glasswerk)

In honor of Poe's birthday—and the NFL playoffs—the Faster Times revises "The Raven" for pigskin lovers.

How easy is it to borrow an e-book from the library? (NPR)