Unpredictable Fame, Peter Weir to Adapt Jennifer Egan's The Keep, 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:

Visitors to the vacation island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, will discover Edgartown Books reopened (under new owners) beginning this Friday. (Martha's Vineyard Times)

Looking at the careers of one-time best-selling authors, such as Mary Augusta Ward, and Thomas Nelson Page, who are now obscure, Tom Vanderbilt asks, "Why is literary fame so unpredictable?" (New Yorker)

Film director Peter Weir will adapt Jennifer Egan's 2006 novel, The Keep. (Cinema Blend)

Patti Smith will interview famed songwriter Neil Young at the upcoming Bookexpo America in New York City.

Beginning next month, Esquire magazine will launch an e-book series called “Fiction for Men,” in collaboration with electronic publisher Open Road Integrated Media. (New York Times)

The Nation looks at the literary legacy of Kurt Vonnegut.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Long Beach Opera's new production of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, which is a meditation on poet Federico García Lorca's murder by fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

Gary Glazner, founder and director of the International Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, has developed a program that uses poetry to benefit dementia patients. (Post-Crescent)