World Book Night, the Tahrir Book Festival, PEN World Voices, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.24.11

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:

Libyan poet Khaled Mattawa talked to Democracy Now about the ongoing demonstrations in his home country.

As the book trade in Egypt expresses optimism about the postrevolution landscape for publishing and bookselling (Bookseller), the American University in Cairo Press has announced the Tahrir Book Fair, which will take place at the end of March and essentially replace the canceled Cairo International Book Fair.

World Book Night, which will take place in London's Trafalgar Square on March 4, is being touted by organizers as "the biggest single literary event in history," with performances by Margaret Atwood, Nick Cave, and Derek Walcott. As part of the event, approximately one million books will be given away on March 5. (Guardian)

Open Library has announced a new digital lending library initiative with a catalogue of more than eighty thousand books. (Publishers Weekly)

Are these early leaked photos of the iPad 2? (Pocket-lint) We'll know next Wednesday.

The PEN World Voices Festival lineup has been announced with Malcolm Gladwell, Wallace Shawn, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka among those slated to perform. (New York Times)

Rather than sell his literary archive to an American university, British author John le Carré has donated his papers to the Bodleian library in Oxford, England. "At a time when there are constraints on our public funding, the ability of British institutions to compete with American archives is diminishing. Gifts of this kind become even more important, and we are enormously grateful for this terrific act of generosity," Richard Ovenden, keeper of special collections at the Bodleian, told the Guardian.

What is a publisher's responsibility in fact-checking a work of nonfiction? A recent publishing panel tackled the question. (Library Journal)