Journalists in Ukraine Under Threat, Stephen Colbert Audiobook Wins a Grammy, and More

Melissa Faliveno

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:

As protests over a newly passed law stifling freedom of expression and assembly continue in Ukraine, journalists are under an increasing threat of violence. (Melville House)

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 best-seller Lean In will become a movie.

Next month, Vintage will publish the first book about Edward Snowden, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. (Knopf Doubleday)

Dan Brown’s Inferno, the contemporary thriller based on Dante’s fourteenth-century poem, was the No. 1 best-selling book of 2013. (USA Today)

And on the subject of The Inferno, Sally Franson of the Minneapolis–based Loft Literary Center makes a case for surviving the brutal Midwestern winter with a close reading of Dante’s epic. (The Writer’s Block Blog)

NPR’s All Things Considered offers an interview with Chilean writer Isabel Allende, who had planned to retire in 2011 but has instead taken her first stab at the murder-mystery genre with Ripper, which will be released tomorrow by Harper.

Comedian Stephen Colbert has won a Grammy for the year’s Best Spoken Word Album for the America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t audiobook. (Galleycat)

Arts and music venue BAM Brooklyn, which has hosted such writers as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Paul Auster, Junot Díaz, Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, and Edmund White, looks back on ten years of eating, drinking, and being literary.

Fiction writer Kyle Minor, whose forthcoming story collection, Praying Drunk, will be published next month by Sarabande Books, rounds up the fifteen hottest love affairs in literature. (Huffington Post)