Exclusive Excerpt of Donna Tartt’s New Novel, Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, 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:

Citing health reasons, Alice Munro will not travel to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Los Angeles Times)

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston narrated the audiobook of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried—a sample chapter is available online. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, the Telegraph published exclusive excerpts from Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch.

The New York Times reports the popularity of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild has inspired hikers to take to the Pacific Crest Trail.

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is in production, and actor Reese Witherspoon recently posted an image of herself in the lead role. (Huffington Post)

Noah Berlatsky spoke with self-published author Selena Kitt, who Berlatsky suggests has pioneered a new version of the erotic novel, and is earning around five hundred thousand dollars annually from her books. (Salon)

“Everyone works differently. We know that. What we don’t know, until we start working, is what works best for us as individuals.” Bethanne Patrick discusses slow writing. (Beyond The Margins)

Author Amelia Gray replies to a critic. (HTML Giant)