A Lost Woody Guthrie Novel, Insurrection in North Carolina, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

Publishers Weekly asks, "How much does the New York Times Book Review matter?"

At seventy-one, author Margaret Atwood is an avid user of Twitter, and an early proponent of the new startup Wattpad. (GigaOm)

Granta asks some of the best young novelists in Brazil for an essential Brazilian reading list.

Yesterday, NPR retracted a story by Ahmad Shafi recounting witnessing a public execution in Afghanistan fourteen years ago. An editor's note on its website reads: "Since the story was published, it has come to our attention that portions of the piece were copied from a story by Jason Burke, published by the London Review of Books in March 2001."

"Who wrote the great New Jersey novel?" According to the Millions, there are many.

Johannes Lichtman unravels the false mythology surrounding a tragic historic event that took place in 1898 in the bucolic coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina—a bloody insurrection. (Rumpus)

An unpublished novel, House of Earth, written by seminal folk and protest singer Woody Guthrie in 1947, will be released next spring. Author Douglas Brinkley and actor Johnny Depp spearheaded the manuscript's revival, and collaborated on editing. (New York Times)

A new magazine, Local, which is committed to "penning the overlooked America…the neglected narrative of this country," has launched a Kickstarter campaign.