Survey Suggests Writers Fear NSA Surveillance, Seamus Heaney Tribute, 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:

Amazon has launched a Kindle Store in Australia, which offers over four hundred thousand exclusive e-books. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, this past Friday, Follett terminated the employment of approximately six hundred people. The college bookstore chain operates eight hundred stores in the United States. (Shelf Awareness)

In the United Kingdom, Anthony Burgess’s estate has contracted with David Higham Associates to represent the late author’s work. Anthony Burgess wrote the best-selling A Clockwork Orange, which was made into a film by Stanley Kubrick. (Bookseller)

Jennifer Schuessler reports from the Poetry Society of America’s tribute to Seamus Heaney, which was held Monday in New York City, and featured Paul Simon, Matthea Harvey, and Paul Muldoon, among others. (New York Times)

PEN America has published the results of a recent survey that suggests writers are wary of government surveillance, and also “engaging in self-censorship.” (Salon)

“In addition to using experimental techniques to echo the novel’s fractured structure, the film also strives valiantly to do justice to two other dimensions of Faulkner’s text.” Joseph Entin considers James Franco’s screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

For the Atlantic, author Alysia Abbott spoke with Alison Bechdel, whose 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home has been transformed into an off-Broadway musical.