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 .