Jack Kerouac's Last Typewriter for Sale, Bloomsday Reprieve From Apple, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.16.10

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:

Now that Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy is a blockbuster hit, "publishers and booksellers are in a rush to find more Nordic noir." (New York Times)

In a reversal of the news reported yesterday—and just in time for today's Bloomsday celebrations—Apple has decided to allow the nude pictures in Throwaway Horse's graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses to be shown on the iPad. (Guardian)

The Millions has responded to the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list with "an informal, unscientific, alternate-universe '20 Under 40' list."

The inaugural John Updike Conference will take place this fall in Reading, Pennsylvania. (Los Angeles Times

Dick Allen has been named Connecticut's new poet laureate. Allen succeeds John Hollander and will serve a five-year term. (Press Release)

Jack Kerouac's last typewriter—he used it to write the novels Vanity and Pic—is up for auction at Christie's in New York City. (Village Voice)

Little, Brown is launching a new crime and suspense imprint, Mulholland Books. (Bookseller)

Normal's Books and Records in Baltimore is celebrating twenty years of indie success on Friday with an event featuring readings, performances, and short film screenings. (City Paper)

Last week, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford vetoed over five million dollars in state and federal aid to public libraries, a decision that "is immediately catastrophic to the citizens who use our libraries," according to the director of the state's book-lending services. (Library Journal)  

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