Keith Richards’s Children’s Book, Twitter Fiction Festival, and More


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:

Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards is collaborating with his daughter on a children’s book that celebrates his grandfather, a jazz instrumentalist who introduced Richards to music. (Guardian)

Director Wes Anderson appeared at the New York Public Library last month to discuss the influence of Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig on his new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. (Flavorwire)

The New York Times takes a tour through the large Irish estate of  J. P. Donleavy, the Irish American author of the 1955 novel The Ginger Man

Jonathan Freedland discusses two books that explore the possibility of Scotland voting for independence from the United Kingdom. (New York Review of Books)

The second annual Twitter Fiction Festival kicks off tomorrow and will continue until March 16, with authors such as Anthony Marra, Alexander McCall-Smith, and Emma Straub tweeting their fiction alongside Lara Prescott and twenty-four other emerging writers selected as winners of the recent Twitter Fiction contest. (Washington Post)

Poet Craig Morgan Teicher examines Kevin Young’s eighth collection of poems, Book of Hours, for NPR.

Melissa Gira Grant, whose book Playing the Whore examines the sex work industry, tells NBC that sex workers are often put at risk by laws aiming to protect them

CBS profiles a young Chicago poet, Malcolm London, who is seeking to give a voice to his community through poetry.