Ian McEwan Planning an Opera, the Atlantic Publishing Fiction Again, and More

by Staff

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:

The schedule for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature was announced yesterday. The festival, which takes place April 26 to May 2 at a number of venues in New York City as well as in satellite cities, from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., will feature writers such as Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford, Shirley Hazzard, Toni Morrison, and Salman Rushdie.

Wired's weird nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Unbridled Books, the independent publisher founded by Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson, has launched a subscription model: An annual subscription of a hundred dollars gets you six new releases. 

For sale: independent bookstore in Wellesley, Massachusetts. (Wellesley Townsman)

Ian McEwan, whose novel Solar is forthcoming from Nan A. Talese later this month, is working on an opera version of his 2002 novel, Atonement, with composer Michael Berkeley and poet Craig Raine. (Associated Press)

After five years of strictly the facts, the Atlantic is renewing its commitment to fiction.

Meanwhile, two editors have ended their commitment to Harper's. (New York Observer) Read an exit interview with one of them at the Awl

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) yesterday announced the winners of the National Magazine Awards for Digital Media. Among those honored is the Virginia Quarterly Review, which won for news reporting.