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 New York Times remembers Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louis Simpson , who recently passed away at age eighty-nine.
In a story on online-giant Amazon, CBS MoneyWatch reports, "early results suggest no loss of business because of its adding state sales taxes. "
Jacob Weisberg recently spoke with Salman Rushdie about his new book , Joseph Anton: A Memoir, which "delves deeply into his experience of living for nine years under a death sentence," and why he chose to write his memoir in the third person. (Slate)
Comedian and television host Chelsea Handler has inked a new book deal with Grand Central  for 50 Shades of Chartreuse. (GalleyCat)
The Daily Beast looks at the work of University of Colorado professor Adam Bradley, who teaches a class on hip-hop poetics, pairing Emily Dickinson with Lauryn Hill .
The Millions explains how to make a movie about an author.  (Hint: tweed.)
Otter Country author Miriam Darlington lists her ten favorite literary otters . (Guardian)
Less than one hundred miles west of London, the annual Jane Austen Festival is underway , with events scheduled through September 22, 2012.
Flavorwire rounded up photographs of famous authors with their bicycles , including Leo Tolstoy, Patti Smith, and Sylvia Plath.
Meanwhile, Melville House features a slideshow of writers in their underpants , including William Carlos Williams, James Agee, and Jonathan Ames.