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:
It looks as if self-publisher Author Solutions—whose brands are AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, Inkubook, and Wordclay—may be headed to court. The law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP is gathering signatures from self-published authors for a class-action suit . Penguin purchased Author Solutions last year. (Lit Reactor)
In case you were curious about the state of freelance magazine writing, on his blog, Peabody Award-winning journalist Nate Thayer reports the Atlantic offered to republish one of his essays—for free .
Meanwhile, Julian Barnes claims authors are driven by market forces to write about sex . (Telegraph)
And at the Paris Review Daily, Rae Bryant details the intersection of literature and burlesque .
Coffee House Press announced it's expanding its catalog to include books of essays and creative nonfiction.  (Publishers Weekly)
Brooklyn Magazine talks to Maris Kreizman , the creator of the popular literary Tumblr, Slaughterhouse 90210.
Tom Hanks's Playtone, together with Focus Features, are closing in on the acquisition of film rights to Neil Gaiman's new novel , The Ocean at the End of the Lane, due out in June from William Morrow. (Deadline)
In other Hollywood news, John Wells is developing a television show based on Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt series , which features a private eye in post-Katrina New Orleans. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gran is attached to pen the hour-long script.