Growing Creativity/GPS on Tour/Poetry on iPod/Laird Wins Too/Shakespeare & Google/Learning/Independents Doing OK/Museum to Literature

June 15, 2006

Creativity Growing Market Segment
I don't know the bearing on writers but Richard Florida notes in his CATO Unbound essay that “the U.S. Is at the forefront of this global creative economy. Over the next decade, it's projected to add 10 million more creative sector jobs, according to the newest number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” He also notes that soon there will be more people working in the creative sector than in manufacturing. “The rise of this global creative economy changes the rules of international competition in four crucial ways.” Read more.

Take Your GPS Device on Tour
Kathleen Craig writes for Wired: “Author J.A. Konrath sold his first book to Hyperion as part of a three-book deal for his Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels thriller series. To promote the first book, Konrath's publisher sent him out on an 11-bookstore tour. But by utilizing the GPS device in his rental car, he ended up visiting 106 bookstores…” Read how is now getting ready for a 500-store tour.

Poetry on Your iPod
57 Productions has launched the first poetry video-jukebox at www.poetryvideojukebox.com and iPoems at www.ipoems.org.uk. Featured poets include John Hegley, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Kamau Brathwaite, Ian McMillan, Tom Leonard, Jane Draycott, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Cooper Clarke, Michael Donaghy, Sarah Maguire, Liz Lochhead, Moniza Alvi, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kwame Dawes, Roger McGough, Choman Hardi, Peter Finch, Brian Patten, Zena Edwards, Neil Rollinson, Adrian Mitchell, Rita Ann Higgins, Levi Tafari, Jackie Kay, Michael Rosen, Imtiaz Dharker, Jayne Cortez, Christopher Logue, Matthew Sweeney, Francesca Beard, Salena ‘Saliva’ Godden, Dorothea Smartt, Courttia Newland, Mark Gwynne Jones, Nick Toczek, Attila the Stockbroker, Joolz Denby, Mahmood Jamal, Patience Agbabi, Neil Sparkes.

ZS's Husband Wins Prize
Poet Nick Laird has established a solid reputation, but when his “lad-lit” novel Utterly Monkey won the Betty Trask award, given by the Society of Authors, the Guardian wrote this for a headline: Zadie Smith's Husband Adds to Family Fortunes. In case you have forgotten, Smith won the Orange prize for On Beauty last week.

Shakespeare Goes Digital and From Movies to Book
Google has a new site: www.google.com/shakespeare. If you ever want to browse any one of the dramatist's 37 plays, you can at this site. Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize went to James Shapiro's 1599:A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, which he admits was inspired by the movie Shakespeare in Love.

Learning from Literature
In The East African Standard Egara Kabaji postulates that “literature, as I know it, has a way of presenting to us images and characters that will always illuminate the hidden reality in political matters.” He speculates that the politicians of Kenya should read more.

Independents Doing Better
Richard Thompson for the Boston Globe reports that sales for independent bookstores increased in revenue and volume in 2004, thereby improving their market share by 50 percent.

Museum to Literature
I would assume that a museum to literature would be called a library. Apparently I think too small. This week in the hometown of German writer Friedrich Schiller Germany opened a 41,000-square-foot, $15-million Museum of Modern Literature. It includes original manuscripts of The Trial and Berlin Alexanderplatz. It's Web site: http://www.dla-marbach.de.

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