Chabon Writes for Disney, Cloud Atlas Adapted for Film, 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:

Fully launched earlier this week, is being touted as the Pandora of narrative nonfiction. Part library, part social networking site, readers can use Byliner to discover, sample, and discuss essays, journalism, and the odd curiosity—like a collection of poems created using lines from Sarah Palin's e-mails. (Atlantic Wire)

Michael Chabon has signed on with Disney to write a screenplay based on the theme park Magic Kingdom, with John Favreau directing. (indieWIRE)

An adaptation of David Mitchell's kaleidoscopic 2004 novel Cloud Atlas is set to film in Germany, with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and the Wachowski siblings, directors of The Matrix series, at the helm. (Guardian)

Keanu Reeves has released a book of poetry that "externalizes a melancholy internal monologue and subtly pokes fun at it." (Jacket Copy)

British poet Sabrina Mahfouz elevates the art of the poetry reading with high-tech, but vintage-inspired lighting design. (Co.Design)

UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City hosts its inaugural literature-inspired music festival, taking place through Sunday. (Daily Iowan)

Wendy MacLeod muses on hosting a Great American Novelist at a small liberal arts college, where her fellow professors "have a twitchy, uneasy relationship to fame." (Salon)

Publishing Perspectives asks, do writers really need the publishing industry?