Chinese Authors Sue Apple, Jonathan Galassi on the State of Poetry, 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:

Nine Chinese authors have filed a lawsuit against Apple, charging the technology giant with profiting from illegal sales of the writers' work from within its App store. (ZDNet)

GalleyCat reports the Occupy Wall Street library is growing, despite its eviction from Zuccotti Park.

The New York Times explores why so many authors have taken to Twitter, including Jennifer Gilmore, Mat Johnson, and Gary Shteyngart.

Film director Tran Anh Hung discusses how Haruki Murakami's initial reluctance turned to hands-on involvement in helping with the screen adaptation of Norwegian Wood. (Wall Street Journal)

The Economist interviews publishing veteran Jonathan Galassi on the state of contemporary poetry: "Poets have said, with great justice, that the only reason to write a poem is that you can’t not write it. And many have also said that it is the non-commercial aspect of poetry that gives it its special integrity. It’s also probably one reason why there is so much jealousy among poets. As Henry Kissinger put it, the reason there's so much squabbling in academia is that there is so little at stake."

Famed Algonquin Hotel has closed for renovations and intends to reopen the beginning of May. Whereabouts of Matilda the lobby cat are unknown. (Grub Street)

The Millions looks at the evolution of author acknowledgements: "Every book comes with a second narrative, that of its creation."

The latest episode of Other People with Brad Listi features Rex Pickett, author of Sideways, which was made into a film by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Recently Pickett released a sequel to Sideways, a self-published novel titled Vertical.