Susan Stamberg on J. D. Salinger, Atavist Books Set to Launch, 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:

Susan Stamberg recounts conversations with famed New Yorker editor William Shawn, and what he revealed about the mysterious work of J. D. Salinger. (NPR)

One year after Barry Diller, Scott Rudin, and Frances Coady aligned themselves with multimedia startup The Atavist, Atavist Books is set to publish a “mix of digital, enhanced digital, and print works,” with titles by Karen Russell and Hari Kunzru, among others. (Publishers Weekly)

A screen adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair is in the works, making it the fourth in the series of Narnia movies that began in 2005. (Christian Science Monitor)

With advice including “lots of walks” and “work anywhere,” the Guardian details the daily habits of incredibly successful creative people.

Beyond the Margins has launched a book club. Its first title is Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys.

The Huffington Post excerpts a passage from the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume Two, in which the great author dines with Helen Keller.

The latest episode of literary podcast Other People with Brad Listi features a conversation with novelist Cari Luna, whose new book The Revolution of Every Day is just out from Tin House.