Aeneid at September 11 Memorial Museum, Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, 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:

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Arizona sculptor Thomas Joyce won a commission to create lettering for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City, scheduled to open next year. The lettering will be created from salvaged steel from the World Trade Center—a line from Virgil's Aeneid, “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” (Albuquerque Journal)

Noting price drops on titles, Shelf Awareness reports, "The fallout from the Justice Department settlement with three publishers over the agency model for e-books has begun sooner than most observers expected."

A screen adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's A Quiet Passion is slated for production, with Cynthia Nixon cast as poet Emily Dickinson. The script will be penned and helmed by House of Mirth director Terence Davies. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oxford American has hired Roger D. Hodge to replace ousted founding editor Marc Smirnoff. Hodge began his career as an intern for Harper’s magazine in 1996, and was editor of Harper’s from 2006 to 2010. (New York Times)

New research published in the Journal of Aging and Health indicates creativity potentially increases lifespan by reducing stress. (Scientific American)

Brain Pickings showcases first print ads from beloved classic books collected in Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements by New York Times book critic Dwight Garner.

A first edition presentation copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is up for auction. It's inscribed by Shelley, “To Lord Byron, from the author,” and is expected to fetch over five hundred thousand dollars. (Abe Books)

Melville House contemplates (not really) spicing up its novellas to align with contemporary publishing trends.