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Online Only, posted 4.19.12

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:

Melville House shares a possible defense against the Department of Justice's antitrust suit.

In May, Portrait of a Bookstore, an independent bookseller in Los Angeles, will shutter after twenty-six years in business. (Los Angeles Times)

Anne Patchett and Lev Grossman appeared on PBS last night to discuss this year's lack of a Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

A London publisher has forged a collaboration between Tolkien and Dickens. Michael Tolkien, a grandson of J. R. R., has written a children's novel, and Gerald Dickens, a descendant of Charles, will narrate the audiobook. (New York Times)

Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti offers clear social media advice for publishers. (Advertising Age)

The Atlantic profiles author Stephen Elliott, founder of the literary website the Rumpus, and newly-minted feature-length filmmaker.

The Huffington Post features a poet, Robert Counts, who turned to the works of Robert Frost, Shakespeare, and Wallace Stevens while serving a twenty-seven-year prison sentence.

Flavorwire rounds up the most hilarious memoirs of all time.

Lena Dunham, the twenty-something creator of HBO’s Girls, shares some of her reading habits with the New York Times, and reveals the film version of Mary McCarthy's The Group is a favorite adaptation.

The Los Angeles Review of Books has dramatically redesigned its website.

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