Gravity Author Sues Warner Bros., Professor Protests National Poetry Month, and More


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 Tess Gerritsen, whose novel Gravity was made into a film of the same name, has filed a lawsuit against producer Warner Bros. for allegedly failing to pay her according to the terms of their contract. (Time)

While Dave Eggers’s complimentary forward was included in a 2006 tenth anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, his review of the book upon first publication was less than flattering. (Reluctant Habits)

Idaho parents called police on teenager Brady Kissel for distributing Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to younger students who had requested the book, which was recently banned in the students' school district for its ideas on sex and religion. (Death and Taxes)

Following Apple’s success in being granted an administrative stay from the courts in its ongoing e-book price-fixing case, thirty-three state attorneys have filed an opposing motion accusing Apple of evading court proceedings. (Publishers Weekly)

English professor J. T. Barbarese argues for the abolishment of National Poetry Month. (NewsWorks)

Poet Vaan Nguyen, a child of Vietnamese refugees who settled in Israel and was the subject of a 2005 documentary, explores the journey of displaced people in her forthcoming collection. (Tablet)

Forbes offers advice on standardizing the e-book industry

The Paris Review examines novelist Anthony Trollope’s stellar reputation as a postal worker who went above and beyond.