Hans Keilson Dies at 101, Testy V. S. Naipaul, 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:

Hans Keilson, a psychoanalyst who developed treatments for children of the Holocaust, and whose novel of Nazi-occupied Europe, Comedy in a Minor Key, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award this January, has died at 101. (New York Times)

In a weird aftershock to his reconciliation with Paul Theroux, V. S. Naipaul offends an entire gender. Diana Athill says he "seems to have got testier in old age" (Guardian). Eric Jett weighs in on the kerfuffle (Full Stop), as does Jennifer Egan (Wall Street Journal).

The 2011 Moby Awards were last night, celebrating (and lampooning) the art of book trailers, with Ron Charles, Gary Shteyngart, and Sloane Crosley taking top prizes. Jonathan Franzen also won! (Worst Performance by an Author). (Flavorpill)

The Alzheimer's Association in Hawaii sponsors poetry workshops to support its caregivers. (via Poetry Foundation)

After signing his first book contract, Steve Silberman—an investigative reporter for Wired and elsewhere—put together a compendium of useful tips on writing a book (with the help of twenty-three authors). (NeuroTribes)

Josephine Hart, author of the novel Damage, has died at 67. (Guardian)

Yet another former Borders bookstore is transformed, this time as an ambitious public arts festival, before it eventually is reborn as the Ventura County Healthcare Agency. (Ventura County Star)

For the weekend, Maureen Corrigan provides a list of summer reads that transport the reader to another time and place, perfect for vacation and staycation alike. (National Public Radio)

Qualcomm's Mirasol e-reader is sacked. (Slashgear)