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Online Only, posted 3.07.12

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:

To mark the birthday of the late John Updike, Random House will reissue some of the author's most beloved books, and make Updike's entire backlist available as e-books. (New York Times)

Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III discuss the difficulties of writing memoir for the Daily Beast's Beast TV.

A historian in Germany discovered over five hundred fairy tales that have not been read since the nineteenth century. (New York Daily News)

Publishers Weekly reports on how publishing houses are creating Tumblr sites to market their titles, with help from Rachel Fershleiser—a writer, editor, and former events coordinator at Housing Works Bookstore, who was hired by Tumblr to work in literary strategic outreach.

In case you missed yesterday's Twitter hashtag game #jonathanfranzenhates—set in motion after the novelist Jami Attenberg reported Franzen's dislike of Twitter on her blog—today the story went international via the Guardian. However, writer and publisher Roxane Gay may have had the final word on the matter yesterday for HTML Giant.

Radio producer Pejk Malinovski has created a downloadable audio walking tour of poets and poetry associated with New York City's East Village neighborhood. Auteur filmmaker Jim Jarmusch narrates the tour, with music by John Zorn. (EV Grieve)

With the help of the National Book Critics Circle, Oprah.com features "today's best and brightest new poets."

Beginning in April, a new adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' 1915 collection of poems, The Spoon River Anthology will be performed at Riverside Theatre in New York City, conceived and directed by Jimmy Maize and featuring a cast of one hundred. The book of poems, which portrays the fictional town of Spoon River by giving voice to over two hundred of the town's inhabitants, has been adapted for the stage in the past, as well as providing the inspiration for opera, classical and country music, radio, photographs, and film. (Playbill)

Book Riot discusses a great novel to go back to and reread every few years, George Eliot's Middlemarch.

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