Midnight’s Children Goes to Netflix, New Fiction in Translation, 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 storie​​​​​​s:

Netflix is adapting Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Man Booker Prize–winning novel Midnight’s Children as an original series. (Deadline)

From the 2018 International Prize in Arabic Fiction winner to a new title by one of Norway’s most celebrated writers, the Financial Times recommends ten new fiction books in translation.

“I was told I could reshelve and redecorate. I could invite Elena Ferrante and Thomas Pynchon to speak, and Sly Stone to play, if I could find them.” New York Times book critic Dwight Garner recalls the day he spent running a bookstore in the small Scottish village of Wigtown.  

A new biography of late chef, author, and television host Anthony Bourdain will be published in fall 2019. Bourdain: The Oral Biography will be edited by Laure Woolever, the chef’s longtime collaborator. (USA Today)  

Award-winning fantasy and science fiction writer Harlan Ellison has died at age eighty-four. (Vulture)

“Quite often, Dead Girl stories are about men and their problems. But the dead girl is the selling point, or the way in.” Alice Bolin talks about her new essay collection, Dead Girls, which explores America’s obsession with women’s bodies “as bright young corpses.” (Electric Literature)

Facebook’s new policy of regulating political advertisements on the platform has made it difficult for bookstores to boost posts about upcoming author events. (Bookselling This Week)

“I did do my PhD, for better or worse, in eighteenth-century studies, and I’ve also published and teach in queer and critical theory as well. All of these pursuits have deeply informed the novel.” Fiction writer and scholar Jordy Rosenberg discusses his debut novel, Confessions of the Fox. (JSTOR Daily)