Lorca in NY, Marisa Silver on Writing and Family, 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:

The Los Angeles Times remembers film critic Roger Ebert, who died Wednesday. Ebert published more than a dozen books over his long career. (Jacket Copy)

Meanwhile, the New Yorker features a Roger Ebert story.

In light of recent events, Publishing Perspectives looks at how bad news often brings the literary community together.

What poetry today sorely wants, then, is more bile: the realism, humor, and intensity occasioned by the satiric impulse.” David Yezzi shares his thoughts on the state of contemporary poetry. (New Criterion)

Author Marisa Silver examines how her writing and family life intersect for the Millions.

A Nora Ephron documentary titled Everything Is Copy, co-directed by her son Jacob Bernstein, is in the works at HBO. (Vulture)

Emma is the most perfect of Austen’s novels in part because the engine of its plot doesn’t run on a single moral lesson….” Novelist Adelle Waldman reveals what she's gleaned by reading the Jane Austen canon. (Slate)

If you're near New York City in the coming days, Lorca in NY, a city-wide festival celebrating Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca begins tonight at the New York Public Library; and next Sunday, April 14, McNally Jackson and Housing Works bookstores team up to present the premiere Downtown Literary Festival. (Paper)