Gabriel García Márquez Wins Lawsuit, Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, 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:

Novelist Glen David Gold writes about the need to cultivate literary relationships, hazards of the transactional variety, and the relationship between an aging William Faulkner and a young writer named Joan Williams. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Gabriel García Márquez won a seventeen-year legal battle over his novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Miguel Reyes Palencia claimed that the character Bayardo San Román was based on him, and that Marquez had unlawfully used his life story. (Guardian)

Quentin Rowan, whose plagiarized novel was recently pulled from the shelves, has written a confession posted on the Fix, a website dedicated to addiction and recovery. (GalleyCat)

Today marks the 176th birthday of the author of Huckleberry Finn, and the Christian Science Monitor explains "Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook."

The Wall Street Journal examines the evolving state of the book tour.

A new traffic safety campaign was announced yesterday in New York City called Curbside Haiku. Colorful signs featuring safety-related haiku created by the artist John Morse will be posted in "high-crash locations near cultural institutions and schools." (Washington Post)

Ray Bradbury has allowed his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 to be released as an e-book. (Los Angeles Times)

Actor Daniel Radcliffe will reportedly star as Allen Ginsberg in the film Kill Your Darlings. When the production was announced in 2009 Jesse Eisenberg was slated to play the famous Beat poet. (MTV)