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:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has filed for bankruptcy protection  to restructure its debt. (Bloomberg)
The Atavist, a digital publishing start-up  that specializes in long-form journalism, received a substantial investment from Silicon Valley, and intends to make available a free version of its publishing app. (GalleyCat)
In light of the news that Jeffrey Eugenides’s award-winning novel, The Marriage Plot, will be adapted for the big screen, Word and Film wonders what's driving Hollywood's current fascination with literary novels .
Meanwhile, the creatively financed film adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas has screened at the Cannes Film Festival. (Deadline)
Adam Gopnik asks, "Can science explain why we tell stories? " (New Yorker)
When Tim Kreider's publisher advised him that authors promote their work by creating video book trailers , he was skeptical, but then remembered what video did for the musical career of Men Without Hats. (New York Times)
A one-page note written by Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah Josepha Hale , the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," recently sold for one hundred and sixty-four thousand dollars at auction. (Harriet)
Melville House asks, "Is this the laziest book-related app of all time? "