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 Atlantic reports that conservative Republican senators have begun speaking out against the Amtrak Writers Residency , for which more than 9,000 writers have applied.
Eighty-two-year-old memoirist Penelope Lively talks about her book Dancing Fish and Ammonites and her experience of aging on NPR’s Fresh Air .
San Diego–based novelist and gold-medal sprinter Alan Mindell, 72, celebrates the release of his book The Closer, which took him fifteen years to write . (U-T San Diego)
Let Toys Be Toys, a nonprofit based in the United Kingdom, is encouraging children’s book publishers to refrain from gender-based marketing campaigns  and is seeking support from the public through an online petition. (GalleyCat)
As Louisiana gears up to host the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival from March 19 until March 23, New Orleans–based novelist Zachary Lazar describes his writing space at home . (Times-Picayune)
A collection of short stories by the late Irish novelist Maeve Binchy will be published in April . (Irish Independent)
South African novelist Damon Galgut explores E. M. Forster’s life and hidden loves  in his new book, Arctic Summer . (Irish Times)
At the Millions, Matt Seidel theorizes about the many classifications for novelists .
Mental Floss unearths some harsh early reviews of twenty classic works of literature.