Best of 2013, Famous Writers Wearing Santa Hats, Harry Potter Takes the Stage, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.20.13

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:

The Independent reveals that J. K. Rowling is collaborating on an adaptation of Harry Potter for the London stage. "London and New York producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are reported to be involved in the production."

In the New York Times, critic Dwight Garner discloses his favorite books of 2013. The list includes Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped and I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro.

Meanwhile, the Poetry Foundation staff share the books of poetry they loved in 2013. Hannah Kucharzak selected Carmen Giménez Smith’s Milk & Filth, and Ellen Umansky chose Matt Rasmussen’s Black Aperture, among many others.

Continuing the parade of best of 2013 lists, BuzzFeed’s staff members offer their seventeen favorite books, which includes Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis and Tom Kealey’s Thieves I’ve Known.

In the Los Angeles Times, Hector Tobar ponders if book banning is on the rise across America, and whether or not there is a coordinated effort to keep certain books out of schools and libraries.

The New Yorker has launched a poetry podcast, which features a conversation between poetry editor Paul Muldoon and a guest poet. For its premiere episode, Muldoon speaks with former Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine.

For Friday, here are several famous writers wearing Santa hats. (Flavorwire)

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