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Jack White Launches Third Man Press, Some Consumers Avoiding Amazon, and More
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:06:54 +0000 -

Amazon shushes authors; Sweetness #9 receives the “Colbert Bump”; the Baffler opens archives online; and other news.

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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:

Musician Jack White’s label Third Man Records will launch its new publishing arm, Third Man Books, on August 5 with the release of Language Lessons: Volume 1, a 321-page anthology of poetry and prose including work by fiction writer Dale Ray Philips, poets Adrian Matejka and C. D. Wright, and punk musicians Tav Falco and Richard Hell. The book will also include two LPs of previously unpublished music. (Rolling Stone)

A new survey by the Codex Group shows that about 8 percent of customers have changed their buying habits by purchasing fewer books through Amazon as a result of the Internet retailer’s ongoing battle with Hachette. (Melville House)

Meanwhile, following Douglas Preston’s recent petition against Amazon, he and a number of well-known authors—including Paul Auster, David Baldacci, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Sandra Cisneros, Mark Haddon, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, James Patterson, Douglas Preston, Philip Pullman, and Donna Tartt—have created Authors United in order to help writers develop a “long-term strategy” for dealing with Amazon's negotiation tactics. Amazon’s vice president of Kindle content, Russ Grandinetti, has reached out to Preston in an effort to quiet the authors’ protests. (Bookseller, Publishers Weekly)

Author Edan Lepucki, whose debut novel California was endorsed by Stephen Colbert and as a result received a massive increase in sales, appeared on Colbert’s TV show recently to plug fellow Hachette author Stephan Eirik Clark's forthcoming novel, Sweetness #9, which will be released in August. (New York Times)

The Baffler, a journal showcasing cultural, political, and business criticism that was founded in 1988, recently relaunched its website with full digital access to its entire archive of issues. (Washington Post)

Chuck Palahniuk will publish a graphic novel sequel to his 1996 novel Fight Club. The sequel, which takes place ten years after the events of the first book, will be published in May 2015. (Guardian)

Thirty-nine writers and journalists of color offer advice to others like them who are just starting out. (Buzzfeed)

Litographs, a company that creates book-based art, has raised more than twenty-five thousand dollars through a Kickstarter campaign designed to assist in the launch of a line of temporary tattoos featuring literary quotes and images. (GalleyCat)

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July 23, 2014 (All day)
Authors Debate Poetry’s Relevance, Publishing Mergers in 2014, and More
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:18:37 +0000 -

BitLit partners with HarperCollins; Julia Turner named editor in chief of Slate; the burdens placed upon writers of color in academia; and other news.

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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:

After last Sunday's New York Times Book Review included reviews of six new poetry collections, the Times's Room for Debate section hosts an online discussion between several well-known poets, including Martín Espada, William Logan, Paul Muldoon, and Tracy K. Smith, among others, who weigh in on the question, “Does Poetry Matter?” Meanwhile, Jonathan Farmer responds to what he sees as the Times’s ill-phrased question in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Publishers Weekly reports that the first six months of 2014 has been among publishing’s busiest periods in recent years in terms of mergers and acquisitions—which have so far included Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus, HarperCollins's acquisition of Harlequin, and Open Road Media’s acquisition of E-Reads and Premiere Digital, among many others.

Meanwhile, HarperCollins has become the first of the Big Five publishers to partner with BitLit, the Canadian start-up that allows users to download e-book versions of physical books already in the user’s library for a reduced price. (TechCrunch)

Julia Turner was named the editor in chief Slate yesterday, taking over from David Plotz, who will become the online magazine's editor at large. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, Jynne Martin, the publicity director at Riverhead Books, has taken on the additional role of associate publisher for the Penguin Random House imprint.

After ten years of business, Maison de la Presse, the last French-language bookstore in Toronto, closes its doors today. (Torontoist)

School librarians in Racine, Wisconsin, expressed concern that district workers without library training are removing many books—including some works of classic literature—as part of a yearly purge. (Journal Times)

Novelist and creative writing teacher Matthew Salesses talks to NPR about the burdens placed upon writers of color in writing classes, which often prevent nonwhite students and teachers from being able to participate fully in the workshop experience.

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July 22, 2013 (All day)
Hillary Clinton Book Signing Draws 1,100 Fans, Author Among Malaysia Airlines Victims, and More
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:58 +0000 -

First printed book in English sells for nearly $2 million; feminist author Laurie Penny attacked online; a poet enters the world of Las Vegas performance; and other news.

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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:

At a book signing in Saint Paul, Minnesota, eleven hundred fans arrived to have their copies of Hillary Clinton’s memoir Hard Choices signed by the author. (Star Tribune)

Australian author Liam Davison, the author of five books including the novels Velodrome, The Betrayal, and The White Woman, was among the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down Thursday while flying over Ukraine. (GalleyCat)

The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye, a five-hundred-and-forty-year-old tome thought to be the first book printed in English, was sold at auction recently for £1,082,500 (approximately $1,848,596). (BBC)

British feminist author Laurie Penny, whose book Unspeakable Things was released in her home country two weeks ago, reported experiencing “a stream of vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter and elsewhere” over the weekend. Penny added that in an attempt to "sabotage" sales of her book, Internet users also posted several one-star reviews on Amazon, many of which also included abusive language. (Independent)

Self-named “Love Poet” Lee Mallory, who relocated from southern California to Las Vegas last year, is attempting to take the city’s poetry scene by storm by arriving for readings at nightclubs in limousines and accompanied by strippers. (Los Angeles Times)

St. Mark’s Bookshop has opened its doors for the first time in its new Manhattan space, after high rent and a drop-off in sales forced the store to move from its old location. (Shelf Awareness, New York Times)

Journalist Joe Pinsker of the Atlantic explains how auto-correct software may slow the impending death of the apostrophe.

An infographic at Electric Literature illustrates the word counts of several works of literature, including poems, stories, and books by Margaret Atwood, Donald Barthelme, Kate Chopin, James Joyce, George R. R. Martin, Leo Tolstoy, and others.

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July 21, 2014 (All day)
Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited, North Carolina Poet Laureate Resigns, and More
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:26 +0000 -

E-book sales up by 5.1 percent; nation’s oldest LGBT bookstore gets a new life; Singapore reverses decision to destroy books; and other news.


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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:

Kindle Unlimited has officially launched today after message-board discussions by Kindle users leaked word of Amazon’s e-book subscription service to the public. The service allows access to 600,000 e-books and more than 2,000 audiobooks for $9.99 per month. (Time, GalleyCat)

E-book sales in the United States increased by 5.1 percent during the first financial quarter of this year according to statistics reported by the Association of American Publishers. (Digital Book World)

Following the controversy that erupted when Governor Pat McCrory named self-published poet Valerie Macon as North Carolina’s new poet laureate without consulting the state’s Arts Council, Macon has resigned from the post. (News & Observer)

Giovanni’s Room, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the country, located in Philadelphia, has found a buyer, according to the store’s owner and cofounder Ed Hermance. After Hermance announced late last year that he would close the store in January, he was convinced by the community to keep its doors open until mid-May, when the store was shuttered. Current plans—yet to be finalized—involve the as-yet-unnamed new owner taking over the lease on the property as of August 1. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, Singapore’s National Library Board has announced that two of three children’s book titles earlier ordered by the government to be pulled from libraries and pulped will be returned to library shelves. While copies of Who’s In My Family?: All About Our Families have already been destroyed, And Tango Makes Three and The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption will be made available following protests across the country, where homosexual sex is a criminal offense but rarely enforced. (Time, ABC News)

The United States Supreme Court dismissed a petition brought by the heirs of Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle against mystery writer Leslie S. Klinger, who uses Doyle’s characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a forthcoming book. (Telegraph)

Louisville poet Jeffrey Skinner is at work on a poetry collection inspired by particle physics and a visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research. (Courier-Journal)

Journalist Stassa Edwards argues against using the term “oversharing” when reviewing books by female writers. (Salon)

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July 18, 2014 (All day)
Apple Could Pay $400 Million to Consumers, Elmore Leonard’s Unpublished Stories, and More
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:15:24 +0000 -

Governor responds to hubbub over North Carolina poet laureate; hearing for imprisoned poet in Cameroon; Chin Music Press opens new store and exhibit space; and other news.

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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:

Apple may have to pay $400 million to consumers for colluding with publishers to fix e-book prices. The company agreed last month to settle a class action lawsuit brought by attorneys general in 33 states, after losing an earlier price-fixing suit brought against the company by the U.S. Justice Department in 2012. Apple will only pay if it fails to appeal the results of the 2012 case. (New York Times)

Amazon could be preparing to join e-book subscription services Scribd and Oyster (featured in this year’s January/Feburary issue) in the race to be crowned “the Netflix of books.” Message-board discussions by Kindle users have mentioned a service called Kindle Unlimited, which will charge $9.99 per month for unlimited access to e-books. (GalleyCat)

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, the British publishers of the late writer Elmore Leonard, will release a collection of fifteen previously unpublished short stories written while the author was working in advertising for the auto industry in Detroit. (Guardian)

After naming self-published poet Valerie Macon as North Carolina’s new poet laureate without consulting the state’s Arts Council, Governor Pat McCrory has responded to criticism from the community by saying he will examine the process he used for nomination, while adding that he wants to provide opportunities for people who do not belong to “elite groups.” (News & Observer, ABC11)

A hearing is scheduled today for poet Enoh Meyomesse of Cameroon, who was imprisoned in November 2011, possibly for political reasons. PEN International is calling for Meyomesse’s release on humanitarian grounds after he was recently admitted to the hospital for malaria and amoebiasis.

A short anti-war poem written in 1937 on a fan has been identified as the work of famed Japanese poet Akiko Yosano. (Asahi Shimbun)

Meanwhile, Chin Music Press, a publisher located in Seattle and specializing in books devoted to contemporary life in Japan and China, has opened a new office, bookstore, and exhibit space in Pike Place Market. (Shelf Awareness)

Novelist Javier Marias explains seven reasons why someone should not write a novel—along with one reason to do so. (Telegraph)

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July 17, 2014 (All day)
Simon & Schuster Negotiates With Amazon, Lena Dunham Seeks Book Tour Performers, and More
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:16:16 +0000 -

Women & Children First Bookstore sold; a robot writes poetry in a mall; Joely Richardson to play Emily Dickinson; and other news.

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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:

Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS, which owns Simon & Schuster, reports that the publisher is currently in negotiations with Amazon. “Obviously Amazon has a very definitive point of view on what should be done in the publishing business,” says Moonves, who notes that while CBS works with Amazon in a variety of capacities, the companies are also competitors. (Shelf Awareness)

Actress Joely Richardson will play Emily Dickinson—as well as fourteen other characters—in an upcoming Broadway revival of the play The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show exploring the life of the poet in mid-nineteenth-century Massachusetts. (Hollywood Reporter)

Actress and writer Lena Dunham has scheduled a book tour to promote her forthcoming essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned,and is seeking local performers to serve as opening acts. (GalleyCat)

In Chicago, Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen, the founders of the city’s iconic feminist and LGBT bookstore Women & Children First, have sold the store to current employees Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. The new owners plan to renovate the store, adding a new space to be used for lectures, group meetings, and storytelling events. (Windy City Times)

In a shopping center in Milton Keynes, England, a robot is helping to create a temporary art installation by writing lines from a poem by Jackie Kay using colored sand. Kay explored the topic of her adoption and of the search for her birth mother, who is now suffering from dementia, in a collection of poems called The Adoption Papers, from which the lines included in the project are taken. (Guardian)

Beijing-based essayist and playwright Li Xuewen recently reported that he was fired from his job as a book editor after attending an event in May marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the student-led protests in Tiananmen Square. (New York Times)

Anjali Singh, editorial director of Other Press, speaks with Guernica about acquiring Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir Persepolis, and about race and class in publishing.

Israel Centeno, a Venezuelan author whose novel El Complot ("The Conspiracy") led to his persecution by the Venezuelan government, talks to the Pittsburgh City Paper about his exile in Pennsylvania and his process of translating El Complot into an English-language edition, published this past May.

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July 16, 2014 (All day)

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If At First You Don't Succeed...
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:49:57 +0000 -

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is one of three novelists, profiled by Emily Raboteau in "If At First You Don't Succeed" (March/April 2014), who persevered despite the commercial "failure" of early books. From the profile:

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How Food Writing Fed My Fiction
Mon, 20 May 2013 14:15:23 +0000 -
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Join fiction writer, dessert blogger, and baker Aaron Hamburger at Whole Foods Market in New York City as he prepares his delicious limoncello cupcakes and talks about what the art of food writing has taught him about fiction writing. Watch via YouTube.

Junot Díaz Records Audio of His New Book, This Is How You Lose Her
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 -
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Ever wonder how an audio book is created? Watch this exclusive video of Junot Díaz recording the opening lines of his short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, 2012), which is featured in the Page One section of our September/October 2012 issue.

The Bard Behind the Bar
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 18:54:13 +0000 -
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Join contributor Robert Hershon for a pint at McSorley's Old Ale House, where poet and head bartender Geoffrey Bartholomew has sold more than five thousand copies of his self-published collection, The McSorley's Poems, without the aid of a high-powered marketing department or special advertising and promotions. Watch via YouTube.

The Corner Library
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:12:13 +0000 -

Poets & Writers Magazine takes a look inside the Corner Library, a tiny book depository serving the community in Brooklyn, New York's Williamsburg neighborhood.

Behind the Scenes at a Poets & Writers Cover Shoot
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:15:49 +0000 -

Go behind the scenes at the photo shoot with the literary agents featured on the cover of our July/August issue to see how much time and energy goes into capturing the images published in Poets & Writers Magazine. Join the photographer, the art director, the managing editor, and the editor of the magazine in a SoHo loft as they work toward the perfect cover.

Writing Contest Advice
Sun, 01 May 2011 19:44:51 +0000 -

Watch Stephanie G'Schwind, Camille Rankine, Michael Collier, and Beth Harrison offer their advice for poets and writers interested in submitting their work to writing contests. G'Schwind, director of the Center for Literary Publishing; Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; Rankine, communications coordinator at Cave Canem Foundation; and Harrison, associate director of the Academy of American Poets, talked with editor Kevin Larimer as part of a roundtable interview published in the May/June 2011 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:28:07 +0000 -

Watch contributor Thomas Israel Hopkins—along with this wife, novelist Emily Barton, and their son, Tobias—discuss the impetus for writing "The Future of Family-Friendly Residencies." In the article, which appears in the March/April 2011 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Hopkins takes a look at the relatively small number of colonies that allow writers to bring children for their full stay and offers some suggestions for ways in which parent-writers and residency directors can work together to facilitate more programs that accommodate families.

Behind the Design of This Issue's Inspiring Cover
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 05:00:00 +0000 -
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Watch editor Kevin Larimer's interview with illustrator Jim Tierney, who reveals his initial sketches and revisions of this issue's cover.

DIY: How to Coptic Bind a Chapbook
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:18:59 +0000 -
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As a companion to Indie Innovators, a special section on groundbreaking presses and magazines, we demonstrate how to Coptic bind a chapbook. View the accompanying slideshow for information on formatting your book in Microsoft Word.