Claire Messud Educates Interviewer on Literature, HBO to Adapt Olive Kitteridge, 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:

Claire Messud—who is profiled in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine—had choice words for a Publishers Weekly interviewer on the misguided notion that characters should be likable. (Salon)

Simon & Schuster's profits rose 20 percent in the first quarter, although there was a slight dip in sales. (Publishers Weekly)

GalleyCat reveals how many sold books land authors on the self-published bestseller list.

HBO intends to adapt Elizabeth Strout's bestselling novel Olive Kitteridge as a four-hour mini-series starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, with Lisa Cholodenko at the helm. (Deadline)

In other Hollywood news, Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is reportedly being filmed this month in California. (Los Angeles Times)

Michelle Obama will sign her new book American Grown at Politics and Prose in our nation's capital.

The Telegraph takes a look at Sylvia Plath's last poem, written two weeks before her death.

Luci Tapahonso has been named the Navajo nation's first poet laureate. (Indian Country)