David Sedaris Film Trailer, Stopping James Franco, 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:

In the wake of the DOJ’s e-book lawsuit, Publishers Weekly reports twenty-three million consumers are eligible for refunds.

The New Yorker looks at the life and work of Choire Sicha, author of Very Recent History, and founder of the Awl.

In Hollywood news, Lionsgate purchased film rights to Kate Atkinson’s most recent novel Life After Life. (Bookseller)

Meanwhile, a trailer has been released for C.O.G., which is adapted from a David Sedaris story. (Hollywood Reporter)

And Slate’s David Haglund examines what the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black gets right about Robert Frost’s famed poem “The Road Not Taken.”

Open Culture gathered writing advice from Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, and Anne Enright.

The Guardian ponders whether the world’s authors should take a year off.

Speaking of taking time off, David L. Ulin wants James Franco to stop.

Poet Wayne Koestenbaum recently spoke to WNYC’s Soundcheck about his new book My 1980s and Other Essays.