Twain's Homage to Daughter Scores at Auction, Oscar Nominees Star in Ishiguro Film, 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:

Novelist Douglas Coupland is gearing up to launch a clothing line with Canadian sportswear company Roots, drawing on the Generation X author's interest in pop culture and visual art. (Globe and Mail

On the occasion of the World Cup, the Chinua Achebe Center at Bard College is sending fourteen African writers—including Chris Abani, Doreen Baingana, and Yvonne Owuor—to cities in Africa (and one in Brazil) to chronicle their experiences for a series of travelogues. (Africavenir)

Mark Twain's sixty-four-page, handwritten tribute to his daughter fetches nearly a quarter-million dollars at auction. (USA Today)

Nick Hornby and songwriter Ben Folds have wrapped an album of twelve "musical short stories," set for release in September. (TwentyFourBit)

The Telegraph responds to the New Yorker's recent young author roundup with its own "20 Under 40" list of U.K. writers to watch.

The film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's genre-bending 2004 novel Never Let Me Go, starring Academy Award nominees Kiera Knightly and Carey Mulligan, will come to theaters in October. (Huffington Post)

Just in time for the official start of summer, World Hum posted a list of the most celebrated travel books, including Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, and Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.