Joshua Clover May Face Jail, The Family Fang (Starring Nicole Kidman), 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:

Poet Joshua Clover and eleven students may face jail and substantial fines for taking part in a bank protest at UC Davis. (Harriet)

On Sarah Weinman's blog, Off On a Tangent, the veteran publishing industry reporter considers the precarious future of serious nonfiction.

In addition to pumping millions of dollars into its new fashion business, and taking a loss to gain customers just as it's done with publishing, Amazon has hired three full-time female employees with size eight feet to try on shoes. (New York Times)

Stephan Lee pitches a writing competition as a new reality show: "I can tell you from my experiences as an MFA student that struggling writers can often be argumentative, dramatic, delusional, promiscuous, and highly dysfunctional." (Entertainment Weekly)

For Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow explains why MIT's Tech Review is killing its iPad app and switching to web-based content. (It sold less than four hundred iPad subscriptions after spending over one hundred thousand dollars on development.)

Nicole Kidman has optioned The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson's acclaimed 2011 novel. David Lindsay-Abaire, who penned the film Rabbit Hole, which starred Kidman, and was based on Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning play of the same name, will write the screen adaptation of Wilson's novel. (Deadline)

Author Claire Bidwell Smith speaks with teenager Robby Auld about his path from book blogger to full-fledged critic. (Huffington Post)

Open Culture gathered over four hundred free audio books, including works by Conrad, Poe, and Wharton.

For Tin House's blog, Courtney Maum reveals the habits writers employ to produce manuscripts. (Spoiler: Gary Shteyngart doesn't wear pants.)