It's Friday! My attention span has been whittled by the rest of the week, and a full post appears out of the question. The good news is that plenty of other people are expressing fully developed ideas. Below is a smorgasbord of writing and book-related news you may or may not have the attention span to deal with.
Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering to take place next weekend.
Publication date of Jewel of Medina - a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad - is delayed because Random House fears it "might incite acts of violence."
A visit to New York's Poetry Brothel.
The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) has named author, musician and Rock Bottom Remainders founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark recipient of its 2008 WNBA Award.
The 10 oddest travel guides ever published.
Lisa Lerner's debut novel, Just Like Beauty, optioned.
Starbucks still closing stores but picking books.