Hornby to Pen Film of Cheryl Strayed's Memoir, Last Advice for National Novel Writing Month, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.30.12

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:

In Qatar, poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison after writing lines inspired by the Arab Spring, which Qatar officials contend encouraged the overthrow of its ruling system—governed by the same family since the nineteenth century. (Guardian)

GalleyCat offers its last piece of advice for National Novel Writing Month—edit.

Nick Hornby will adapt the film version of Cheryl Strayed's Wild for Reese Witherspoon. (Deadline)

Speaking of Wild, Cheryl Strayed's memoir tops Newsday's Best Books of 2012, along with Chris Ware's Building Stories (who is profiled in the November/December 2012 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine), and Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, by Daniel Smith.

Lena Dunham is crowdsourcing thoughts on Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, which was first published fifty years ago in 1962. (Harriet)

Slate has the skinny on Twitter's recent forays into fiction, with novelist Elliott Holt winning the day.

From the department of things found online, and with the holidays upon us, check out these photos inside Amazon massive warehouses.

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

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Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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