George Washington Owes 300k in Library Fines, Israel Bans iPads, and More

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 4.19.10

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:

George Washington (yep, that George Washington) owes three hundred thousand dollars in late fees to the New York Society Library for two overdue books he borrowed on October 5, 1789. (Guardian

Princeton University joined George Washington University and the entire country of Israel in banning the iPad for various technical reasons. (Gizmodo)

Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs is opening his first bookstore in New York City's West Village neighborhood, aptly named Book Marc. (Racked)

The margin-note critical scribblings of Samuel Langhorne Clemens in hundreds of personal books can be accessed by the general public (under limited conditions) at a small library in Redding, Connecticut. (New York Times

Barnes & Noble will launch two new versions of the Nook later this year. (Gizmodo)

Due to the giant volcanic ash cloud over Europe, several American publishers and literary agents were not able to travel to the London Book Fair this week. (Publishers Weekly)

Some leading British authors and academics are in a major row over a series of anonymously posted, vitriolic Amazon book reviews. (Spoiler alert: It was the professor's wife.) (Telegraph)

An Israeli rock band is reviving the poems of poets killed during the Holocaust by singing them in performances across Israel. (Haaretz)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon offers a critical analysis of the song "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha. No, seriously. (New York Times)

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