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Augusten Burroughs on Happiness, New Canterbury Pilgrims, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.07.12

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:

The American Booksellers Association requests ABA members make their thoughts known on the agency model to the Department of Justice. (Bookselling This Week)

Open Road Media has expanded its digital marketing team. (Digital Book World)

Recently, twenty-four people undertook a full-scale re-enactment of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, walking to Canterbury, and acting out the stories of Chaucer's pilgrims along the way. (Guardian)

Author Augusten Burroughs examines the notion that people should be happy: "Whatever being happy means to you, it needs to be specific and also possible." (Wall Street Journal)

Longshot Radio (an audio offshoot of Longshot Magazine) partnered with Radiolab recently at the 99 Percent Conference in New York City to "talk about creativity, failure, and revision."

The Chimerist features Words That Burn, a poetry app, which includes readings from the late Josephine Hart’s Poetry Hour at the British Library, at which celebrities performed poetry, such as Ralph Fiennes reading W. H. Auden, and Elizabeth McGovern reading Robert Lowell.

Author Emily St. John Mandel, whose book The Lola Quartet is just out, discusses genre fiction and the marketing labels placed on books. Of her new book, Mandel writes, "I saw it categorized variously as literary fiction, general fiction, crime fiction, mystery, suspense, and—this last one bothers me immensely—women’s fiction." (Beyond the Margins)

BBC radio has dramatized F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby as a two-part series.

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