Keith Gessen Arrested, James Wood on Lethem, 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:

Hundreds were arrested yesterday as part of Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, including N+1 editor and novelist Keith Gessen. (Melville House)

The Awl details how twenty-six of those arrested are reporters.

Meanwhile, the first wave of books concerning the Occupy Wall Street movement are being published. (Daily Beast)

A kerfluffle was sparked by Jonathan Lethem's essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, in which Lethem wrote of a stinging review by esteemed critic James Wood eight years ago. The Millions examines the debate, and Wood adds his side of the argument in the comments section.

Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning historical novel Wolf Hall is being developed for television by HBO and the BBC. (New York Magazine)

In this audio podcast, Henri Cole speaks with GQ about his book of poems Touch.

A petition has been created aimed at protecting library funding nationwide. (GalleyCat)

Huffington Post recounts a Twitter conversation in which readers discussed their favorite literary villains.

And in case you missed author Sarah Vowell last night on the Daily Show, she discussed her idea of a better holiday than Thanksgiving, Happy Evacuation Day!