Yemeni Villagers Protest Dictator Poet Laureate, Rushdie Announces Book on Fatwa Years, 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:

As an exhibit of his personal papers, photographs, and drawings is set to open at Emory University, Salman Rushdie announced plans to write a book about the ten years he spent in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini. (Guardian)

The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, which includes a range of cash prizes for college students with the best rare book collections, will be accepting entries until June 4th. 

Alibris, an online marketplace for rare and new books and other items, has aquired Monsoon, a substantial but smaller competitor. (Publishers Weekly

A group of Yemeni villagers has been camped out in the capital city for a month protesting the brutal rule of a dictator sheik who also happens to be the country's poet laureate. (Voices of America)

A Chicago high school teacher is changing students' lives through spoken word. (Chicago Tribune)

Nintendo France is releasing one hundred classic titles to become the third country, after Japan and the UK, to "make literary classics available to read on its DS portable games consoles." (Publishing Perspectives)

La Moderna Poesia, Miami's legendary Spanish-language bookstore, closed for good on Sunday. (Miami Herald)

A "real-time" graphic novel, set in present day Iran, that incorporates current events in thrice-weekly serialized installments, is garnering worldwide acclaim. (Independent) Check it out in seven languages here