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Brazilian Leader’s Poetry, Margaret Atwood’s Multiple Projects, and More
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:16:24 +0000 -

Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch to be adapted to film; an interview with Chilean author Alejandro Zambra; book owned by Brontë sisters’ mother to go on display next year; 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:

The Brazilian people’s responses to the poetry of current interim president Michel Temer range from indifference to mockery. “[Temer’s] poetry is drawing renewed attention as Brazilians try to decipher the man at the helm after a bare-knuckle power struggle that ousted President Dilma Rousseff in May. Parodies of his oeuvre are flourishing, a sign that Brazilian satire is keeping pace with the country’s political upheaval.” (New York Times)

“A novel is like a letter to the world, but a letter nobody asked you to write.” At BOMB, writer Daniel Alarcón interviews Chilean author Alejandro Zambra about his literary career, the importance of play in writing, transitioning from poetry to fiction, and his new short story collection, My Documents, out now from McSweeney’s.

Meanwhile, at Literary Hub, Margaret Atwood discusses several of her current projects, including the forthcoming adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, a new novel that reimagines Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and a comic book series, Angel Catbird.

Technological advances allow students to access vast amounts of literature at any time. Writer and high school English teacher Abigail Walthausen considers the daunting nature of digital reading for students, and the necessity of narrowing the focus when reading in both digital and print formats. (Atlantic)

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Goldfinch is to be adapted for film. Screenwriter Peter Straughan is writing the script, and John Crowley of the Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn will direct.

The Brontë Society has acquired a book that belonged to the Brontë sisters’ mother, Maria, for £200,000. The book, which includes previously unseen poetry and prose by Charlotte Brontë, will go on public display next year at the Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Britain. (Malay Mail)

NPR’s All Things Considered features reviews of three new poetry collections—Martha Collins’s Admit One, Solmaz Sharif’s Look, and Tyehimba Jess’s Olio—that “mine [journalism] to explore thorny subjects.” 

Make America Read Again, Kirsten Dunst Directs The Bell Jar Film, and More
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:47:04 +0000 -

The many libraries of the Czech Republic; African writers on globalization; book spine staircases; 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:

Actress Kirsten Dunst is set to direct an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel The Bell Jar. The film will star Dakota Fanning as protagonist Esther Greenwood. Dunst cowrote the screenplay with Nellie Kim; shooting is scheduled to begin early next year. (Guardian)

Cleveland librarian John Harris is attending the Republican National Convention this week in a quest to “Make America Read Again.” Harris has been handing out books to protesters and supporters alike, in his self-assigned role as “book propagator.” (Bustle)

The Czech Republic has the densest library network in the world, with ten times as many libraries as the United States. (New York Times)

“All of my female [characters] are independent and never settled into a conventional relationship.” Scottish author Jenni Fagan discusses her second novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims. (Signature)

German novelist Oliver Pötzsch is the first author published by Amazon’s literary press, Amazon Publishing, to sell more than a million copies. At the New York Times, Pötzsch discusses the international success of his series of novels, The Hangman’s Daughter, and the challenges of writing books across different genres.

This year’s anthology of the Caine Prize for African Writing, The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories, features work from writers including Helen Oyeyemi, Okwiri Oduor, and 2016 Caine Prize winner Lidudumalingani. A review of the anthology at the Spectator notes a new focus on the anxieties of globalization on the African continent.

If you are looking for a DIY home project, take a page from this book lover and transform your staircase into the spines of your favorite tomes. (Huffington Post)

Hong Kong Book Fair Takes on Chinese Politics, Scrivener Mobile App, and More
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:56:51 +0000 -

How literary theory can help explain capitalism; CantoMundo relocates to New York City; PEN launches $75,000 book prize; 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:

The 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair has begun, and despite the disappearance of five booksellers last year, independent publishers are selling titles critical of Chinese politics, and other books that would be banned on the mainland. Author Lam Hong-ching, published by the Hong Kong–based press Subculture, said, “People are worried. Some writers don’t even write anymore. Some publishers don’t dare to print…. But it’s even more important to write these books now, otherwise residents are not properly informed.” (Channel News Asia, Washington Post)

CantoMundo, a national organization for Latino poets, is relocating its headquarters from the University of Texas in Austin to Columbia University in New York City. Cofounder Deborah Paredez notes that the move will allow for closer collaboration with New York City–based organizations Cave Canem and Kundiman, which are dedicated to the work of African American and Asian American poetry, respectively. (My Statesman)

Today, PEN America announced the establishment of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, an annual prize of $75,000 for a book in any genre that “reshap[es] the boundaries of its form and signal[s] strong potential for lasting influence.”

Scrivener, a computer program that helps writers compose and structure their novels and other long-form texts, just launched a mobile app for the iPhone and iPad. The original program was established in 2005, and has been widely used by writers participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). (Wired)

“I wanted to write a book with an ambiguous ending, an ending that pushes back against the redemptive narrative we’re all familiar with. There’s this sense that even trauma or suffering will improve our character or will impart some lesson. I wanted a very conscious avoidance of the corrective, to write about the accumulation of life and keep it separate from the impulse to make redemptive meaning.” At Bookforum, Emma Cline talks about her acclaimed debut novel, The Girls.

German sociologist Jens Beckert’s new book, Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics, argues that literary theory and the role of the imagination can help explain capitalist economics. Brooke Harrington writes at the Atlantic, “Beckert asserts that if readers are willing to accept that fiction plays a large role in capitalism, then they need to follow that insight to its logical conclusion by applying to markets the analytical tools developed for studying works of literature.”

You may find it noteworthy, newsworthy, buzzworthy, or groanworthy to consider the rise of the suffix “worthy.” (Wall Street Journal)

Poetry and Comics, the Problem of Creative Influence, and More
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:35 +0000 -

The influence of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on Mad Men; the anatomy of a best-seller; Ben-Hur update features larger roles for women characters; 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:

“Perhaps adults relate to the overarching themes and allegories that fuel so many graphic interpretations of larger-than-life superheroes.” Writer Tara Betts considers the unexpected intersection of poetry and comics. (Ploughshares)

Speaking of poetry’s intersections, Frank O’Hara’s 1964 book Lunch Poems influenced Man Men creator Matthew Weiner’s creative vision for the acclaimed show. An audiobook of Weiner performing Lunch Poems is out today from Audible. (BookRiot)

An essay at Public Books examines how Dana Spiotta’s new novel, Innocents and Others, as well as recent feminist novels by Lauren Groff and Elena Ferrante, explore the problem of creative influence. “If men have viewed their creativity as self-generated and self-sufficient, then a feminist theory might imagine creativity as dispersed and relational, emerging through others as much as from the self.”

Tony Award–winning Hamilton performer Daveed Diggs talks about his involvement in the Oakland, California–based poetry slam organization Youth Speaks, and how poetry has influenced both his writing and performing life. (Washington Post)

At Kenyon Review, Israeli writer Ayelet Tsabari discusses Jewish identity and themes relating to diaspora in her debut short story collection, The Best Place on Earth.

Explore locations associated with William Shakespeare’s life, plays, and legacy with the Global Shakespeare Explorer, a collaborative and interactive map honoring the four-hundredth anniversary of the Bard’s death. (Expedia)

If you are interested in common trends and factors that might determine whether or not a book becomes a best-seller, take a look at this infographic from Expert Editor.

The Academy Award–winning 1959 film Ben-Hur, based on Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, is getting a reboot this summer. Meanwhile, an updated version of the text, rewritten by Wallace’s great-great-granddaughter Carol Wallace, is being published today. The new version includes more significant roles for women. (Publishers Weekly)

Jane Austen’s Music Collection Digitized, One-Hour Book Delivery, and More
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:41:16 +0000 -

Sawako Nakayasu on translating Japanese Modernist literature; cover art revealed for Elena Ferrante’s forthcoming book; punk musician defaces British Library’s punk exhibit; 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:

Approximately six hundred pieces of sheet music owned by author Jane Austen and her family have been digitized, and are available to view for free at the Internet Archive. (Smithsonian

A start-up in London intends to compete with Amazon’s fast delivery. The new company is called NearSt., and delivers books from forty different area bookstores to customers within the hour. (Electric Literature)

At Asymptote, poet and translator Sawako Nakayasu discusses her work of translating Japanese Modernist literature into English. Nakayasu won the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for The Collected Poems of Sagawa Chika (Canarium).

The Wall Street Journal provides a first look at the cover art for, and an excerpt from, the U.S. edition of Elena Ferrante’s forthcoming book, Frantumaglia. The book, which features letters and interviews from the best-selling author, will be published November 1 by Europa Editions.

“It’s been immensely liberating to realize so much of joy is made worse by trying to make joy stay. And so much of suffering is made worse by trying to make suffering go away.” DiveDapper features an interview with poet Max Ritvo.

Poet Dawn Lundy Martin is working with experimental poet and musician Russell Atkins to put together a volume of Atkins’s collected works. Following the completion of the volume, Martin will create a video documentary about Atkins and her experience working on the project. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

In a defiant criticism of the most punk sort, punk feminist musician Viv Albertine recently defaced the British Library’s exhibit on London’s punk beginnings, Punk 1976–1978, for its erasure of female musicians who she felt were integral to the movement. (Atlas Obscura)

Rebecca Solnit on Hope, Bernie Sanders to Publish Book, and More
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:11:35 +0000 -

The forgotten life of H. T. Tsiang; the Strand’s book quiz; an e-mail correspondence between Jonathan Safran Foer and Natalie Portman; 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:

“Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes—you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists….  It is the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand.” Rebecca Solnit writes about what it means to hope during disillusioning and dark times. (Guardian)

For all the readers stumped by James Joyce’s Ulysses, a bevy of recent apps, podcasts, and websites are here to help decode the modernist masterpiece. One website offers a graphic adaptation of the novel; another app, “He Liked Thick Word Soup,” invites players to untangle sentences from the book; and one filmmaker is even adapting part of the novel into a virtual-reality film. (New York Times)

Speaking of augmented and virtual reality—multiple bookstores have reported increased foot traffic, and possibly sales, from people playing Pokémon Go. (Publishers Weekly)

In other bookstore news, Annie Correal looks into the book quiz that all prospective employees at the Strand, New York City’s largest independent bookstore, must take to be hired. The bookstore, which employs around two hundred people, receives approximately sixty job applications each week. (New York Times)

Bernie Sanders will publish a book with St. Martin Press. “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” will be released on November 15, one week after the general presidential election. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, Alexander Nazaryan contemplates Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” in relation to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his promises to build a wall on the U.S.­–Mexico border. The speaker in Frost’s poem says, “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offense.” (Los Angeles Times)

“At times, Tsiang seemed, like his fictional creation, a mere ‘nut,’ alone in the streets. But the American epic of his own life would become far stranger than anything he dreamed up in his novels, taking him from the streets of New York to an Ellis Island detention hall, to Hollywood, and, finally, to a file buried deep in the archives of the F.B.I.” Hua Hsu profiles the actor and writer H. T. Tsiang, who immigrated to America from China in 1899 and self-published a number of books. (New Yorker)

T Magazine has published portions of an e-mail correspondence between actress Natalie Portman and author Jonathan Safran Foer, the latter who will publish his third novel, Here I Am, in September.

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Multimedia Items from Poets & Writers

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.