Deadwood Creator to Adapt Faulkner, Best Books of 2011, 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:

Barnes & Noble reported yesterday that its consolidated Nook business increased 85 percent this quarter, yet its retail sales were slightly down. (GalleyCat)

With the year's end approaching, the New York Times lists the ten best books of 2011.

Meanwhile, the culture blog Largehearted Boy maintains an exhaustive tally of this year's "best of" book lists.

David Milch made a lasting mark on television by contributions to police dramas such as NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues, and most recently created the successful series Deadwood. It was announced yesterday Milch has contracted with the William Faulker estate to adapt the Nobel Prize-winner's literature for HBO. The deal encompasses all of Faulker's novels and short stories. (Los Angeles Times)

In other Hollywood news, Harlan Ellison has dropped his lawsuit against the makers of the recent science fiction film In Time, which starred Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. (Hollywood Reporter)

In a personal essay for the New York Times, novelist Jennifer Gilmore writes about meeting a potential birth mother as part of an open adoption process.

With the holidays upon us, the Rumpus writes about literature and depression.

If that got you down, take heart, Algonquin Books Blog has posted an except from First Words, an anthology of the early writing of twenty-two famous authors, including a fifteen-year-old Madeleine L’Engle.

And the Paris Review Daily remembers Holiday, a long-defunct magazine that featured writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and John Cheever.