Stage Adaptation for Katherine Boo, Forty Free E-Book Excerpts, 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 Writers’ Union of Canada will decide at at the end of this May whether to admit self-published authors. (Melville House)

Playwright David Hare will adapt Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers for the London stage. (New York Times)

Publishers Lunch has posted free e-book excerpts from forty upcoming books, including work by Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, and Sue Grafton. (Washington Post)

A long-lost journal composed by poet W. H. Auden has been discovered. (Independent)

On his website, Ron Slate gathered thirty writers and editors, including Erika Dreifus, Elaine Equi, and Jane Ciabattari, and asked them to reveal the many books they intend to read this summer.

“This is what Greece has been doing for the last 2500 years: winding a stopped watch and taking bets as to which politician and which party and what percentage of civic indifference will rob the country blind again.” Stephanos Papadopoulos looks at the long relationship of poetry and Greece. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Author Mira Ptacin examines the “bittersweet predicament” of a pregnancy without insurance. (Guernica)

From the department of things found online—a rare color photo of Mark Twain.