Amélie Director to Adapt T. S. Spivet, Madoff Does Time Reading Michener, and More


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:

Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has acquired film rights to Reif Larsen's 2009 debut novel, The Collected Works of T. S. Spivet, an exploration of the imaginative mind "mixing realism and fantasy." (Variety)

Meanwhile, a group of Los Angeles filmmakers are adapting Kafka's The Metamorphosis for the screen. An early trailer suggests that the author's "tragic and darkly humorous tale has been recast as some kind of gory shoot-'em-up." (A Piece of Monologue)

The New York Public Library avoids the majority of proposed budget cuts—could a vaguely threatening letter-writing campaign have aided the decision? (Village Voice)

Bernard Madoff is becoming an avid reader in his prison days, reportedly devouring two books a week, including the complete works of James Michener. Slightly dismayed, Arts Beat asks, what should Madoff be reading?

Forget classifications like romanticism, nineteenth-century British literature, and all that. One scholar proposes a taxonomy of literature based on prevalent energy sources at the time of a work's creation. (Inside Higher Ed)

The Times Literary Supplement makes the case for James Joyce, Englishman.

In response to New York governor Andrew Cuomo's "almost poetic" signing of a marriage equality bill last week, the Huffington Post's Patrick Pressl rounds up notable LGBTQ poets working today.

Looking for a quick read this holiday weekend? Mr. Peanut author Adam Ross, whose short story collection, Ladies and Gentlemen, was released this week, offers a list of favorite titles that come in under two hundred pages. (Daily Beast)