Zelda Fitzgerald Biopic, Horror Films About Writers, 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:

Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence will star in an upcoming biopic about Zelda Fitzgerald, wife and “fiercest competitor” of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Produced by Ron Howard, Zelda “explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals?” Nancy Milford’s best-selling 1970 biography Zelda served as inspiration for the screenplay. (Hollywood Reporter)

“For writers, a room haunted by demons pales in comparison to the fear that our best work is behind us.” Sometimes being a writer is just plain scary. At the Millions, Nick Ripatrazone lists eight horror films about writers.

On Wednesday, fiction writer and Mockingbird comic author Chelsea Cain was driven off Twitter after being harassed over the cover of the most recent issue, which features a woman wearing a t-shirt that reads, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.” The anti-feminist harassment has since sparked a conversation about misogyny within the comic book industry. (Oregon Live)

National Book Award–winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about curating the upcoming Albertine Festival in Paris. (New York Times)

Electric Literature rounds up various reactions from critics across the globe to Paul Beatty’s 2016 Man Booker Prize win for his novel The Sellout. Beatty is the first American to win the prize.

Dissatisfied with visual representations he has found, a San Francisco man is designing a 3D architectural rendering of Jorge Luis Borges’s Library of Babel, which Borges describes in a short story from his 1941 collection, The Garden of Forking Paths. (Melville House)

In 1842, Edgar Allen Poe met Charles Dickens. Poe was influenced not only by the author, but by his pet raven, who served as inspiration for Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven.” (Open Culture)