Oldest Written Record of Homer’s Work Uncovered, Sanditon Adapted for TV, 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:

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tablet engraved with thirteen verses of the Odyssey, which they believe might be the oldest written record of Homer’s work. The clay slab was found near the Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Olympia. (Guardian)

Andrew Davies is adapting Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “Sanditon” into an eight-part miniseries for PBS and iTV. (Variety)

Jacob Levin describes turning to Mary Gaitskill after the death of a friend to find a “space in which our ephemerality is at last undeniable, one in which we are finally permitted our ugliness because it is written on our faces, a room in which we are allowed fully to live and die.” (Slate)

Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi, Jeb Bush, and others weigh in on their favorite political books. (Washington Post)

Newly appointed Paris Review editor Emily Nemens talks with Vanity Fair about her plans for the publication, reading slush, and the state of contemporary literature.

Poets Kate Greene and Anastasios Karnazes describe spending a night writing poetry next to an 88-inch cyclotron in the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (Berkeley Lab)

The New York Times considers Robert Gottlieb’s new essay collection, Near-Death Experiences… And Others, which covers the editor’s “long career in the enchanted forest of hardcovers and best-seller lists as editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, and, later, Alfred A. Knopf…”

Malibu poet laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra has organized an initiative in which pizzas will be delivered with poems written by local students. (Malibu Times)