Salman Rushdie Death Threats, Chuck Palahniuk's Writing Tips, 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:

Novelist Salman Rushdie has decided to not attend the 2012 Jaipur Literature Festival in India. In a released statement, the author wrote he was "informed by intelligence sources in Maharashtra and Rajasthan that paid assassins from the Mumbai underworld may be on their way to Jaipur to 'eliminate' me." (New York Times)

The annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, began yesterday, and Word and Film has the skinny on the latest crop of literature-to-film adaptations, including Mark Jude Poirier's novel Goats, and Beth Raymer's memoir Lay the Favorite.

If you haven't attended a Burns Supper—the yearly convivial celebrations of the Scottish poet Robert Burns—the Boston Globe lists several, but if Boston isn't geographically convenient check your local listings as Burns Suppers are usually held on the poet's birthday, January 25th.

The Guardian writes that T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel World's End, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988, is an overlooked classic of American literature.

The Wall Street Journal examines the new and perplexing business of enhanced e-books. For example, the enhanced version of Stephen King's latest, 11/22/63, "sold 45,000 copies at $16.99. The hardcover version, by contrast, sold close to a million copies at $35.00, and the unadorned digital version has sold nearly 300,000 copies at $14.99."

On his website, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk offers thirteen tips for writers.

Writer A-J Aronstein describes what happens when the producers of the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections consider filming inside his childhood home. (Millions)

Flavorwire features literature-inspired nail art, including Pride and Prejudice, as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


Salman Rushdie Death Threats

It was disappointing that he is not coming to my country. People must not mix litrature with politics but since India has many religions, it might be sensible idea to give amiss to this year's 2012 Jaipur Litrature Festival.

Thank you