Edith Wharton Turns 151, Armstrong and Publishers Sued by Readers, and More

by Melissa Faliveno

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.24.13

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: 

Today marks the one-hundred-and-fifty-first birthday of novelist and short story writer Edith Wharton, and Huffington Post contributor Zoë Triska enumerates the eleven reasons why the Age of Innocence author was awesome.

Amazon has continued to extend its international reach today by launching the Kindle in Canada. (The Bookseller)

Readers have filed a class action lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong and several publishers, stating that, had they known Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs, they would not have bought and read his books. (Los Angeles Times)

Publisher and Guardian contributor Peter Mayer pays tribute to Peter Carson, the late Penguin editor in chief who died on January 9.

A lost Carl Sandberg poem has been found in the archives of the University of Illinois. (Huffington Post)

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon has announced that it will adapt Hilary Mantel’s two Man Booker Prize-winning novels about Tudor England, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, for the stage. (New York Times)

Emily Temple pairs ten best-selling novels with the directors who should adapt them into film. (Flavorwire)

In a follow-up to his initial blog post on British and American English, novelist and translator Tim Parks offers more fascinating thoughts on editing, linguistics, and the international language police. (New York Review of Books)

The letters spelling “Borders Books & Music,” recently removed from the flagship store in Ann Arbor, Michigan—and thought to be some of the last remaining signage of the recently defunct bookseller—are being auctioned on eBay until January 31. All proceeds will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. (GalleyCat)

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