Jason Segel Cast as David Foster Wallace, Heather Havrilesky on Nora Ephron, 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:

“When life gave Ephron lemons…she made a giant vat of really good vodka-spiked lemonade and invited all of her friends and her friends’ friends over to share it, and gossip, and play charades.” Heather Havrilesky reflects on Nora Ephron’s life and contributions to journalism. (Bookforum)

Jason Segel has been cast as David Foster Wallace in a film adaptation of David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, David Foster Wallace biographer D. T. Max discusses the merits of the posthumous publication of several interviews with the late novelist, including those in Lipsky’s book. (New Yorker)

Author and poet John Yau examines celebrated poet John Ashbery’s art criticism. (Jacket2)

Barnes & Noble’s chairman Leonard Riggio has sold two million shares of stock in his company. Riggio is still majority shareholder, however, owning 26.3 percent of the bookstore chain’s stock. (Shelf Awareness)

Anne Barngrove lists her favorite books of poetry this year, including Rebecca Hazelton’s Vow and Straight Razor by Randall Mann. (Missouri Review)

On the latest Other People podcast, Brad Listi speaks with How to Get Into the Twin Palms author Karolina Waclawiak.