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Margot Adler Dies, Sandy Hook Teacher Pens Memoir, and More
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:03:45 +0000 -
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Lucinda Williams’s new album contains father’s poetry; Amazon employee crashes drone; Oyster's e-book catalogue now available on web and mobile browsers; 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:

Margot Adler, an NPR journalist for three decades and author of the memoir Heretic's Heart, died at her home in New York City yesterday after a battle with cancer. She was 68. (NPR)

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, a Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, will publish her memoir, Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Your Life’s Darkest Hour, with Putnam next spring. Author Robin Gaby Fisher is assisting in the writing. (Washington Post)

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams’s forthcoming double studio album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, includes a song created using a poem written by her father, the poet Miller Williams. (Rolling Stone)

An Amazon employee may have crashed a recreational drone into Seattle’s Space Needle observation tower recently. While flying drones for commercial purposes is illegal, several companies, including Amazon, are seeking regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones in order to replace traditional shipping methods. (Hill, CNBC)

Nearly a week and a half after the launch of Amazon’s subscription e-book service, Kindle Unlimited, Publisher’s Weekly assesses the reactions of the press, publishers, and other subscription services, such as Oyster and Scribd (featured in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine).

Meanwhile, Oyster’s full catalogue of e-books—formerly accessible only through an app—is now available on the web and mobile browsers. The list includes several backlist titles from Simon & Schuster, who partnered with the e-book subscription service in May. (GalleyCat, Forbes)

In reply to an article by Aimee Phan published in Talking Writing this past February, seven writers and scholars respond to and expand upon the novelist’s argument that mainstream reviewers largely ignore books by writers of color. (International Examiner)

Author Lara Pawson highlights five canonical texts—including José Eduardo Agualusa’s novel Creole and Ondjaki’s novella Good Morning Comrades—to initiate readers with the culture, politics, and history of Angola. (I. B. Tauris)

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July 29, 2014 (All day)
Apple Acquires BookLamp, Yaddo Receives Landmark Status, and More
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:06:26 +0000 -
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Simon & Schuster partners with Regan Arts; early J. D. Salinger stories republished; Oakland couple creates new space for poetry; 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 recently purchased BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho–based start-up known as the “Pandora for Books” for its development of the Book Genome Project—a method of recommending books based on analysis and grouping of titles based on themes and content. The acquisition was made for between $10 million and $15 million. (TechCrunch)

Simon & Schuster has formed a partnership with new Phaidon imprint Regan Arts, which is scheduled to launch its first books this fall. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will oversee the worldwide sales and distribution for all Regan Arts print and electronic titles. (GalleyCat)

Three early stories by J. D. Salinger—“The Young Folks,” “Go See Eddie,” and “Once a Week Won’t Kill You”—have been made available to the public for the first time in seventy years by the Devault-Graves Agency, a Memphis-based publisher. The new collection, J.D. Salinger: Three Early Stories, will also feature new illustrations. (Washington Post)

Yaddo, the writers and artists residency located in Saratoga Springs, New York, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The nineteenth-century mansion hosts more than two hundred writers and artists each year and has been visited by a number of well-known authors—including Truman Capote and Langston Hughes—since the colony was established in 1900. (Saratogian)

The New York Times examines the roles of poet laureates in forty-four states in the wake of “Poet Gate,” the conflict that led to the resignation of North Carolina’s recently appointed poet laureate.

Meanwhile, Kate Angus, a writer and editor (whose publisher Augury Books was featured in the July/August issue’s Small Press Points) discusses what several small presses, including Persea Books, Ugly Duckling Presse, and H_NGM_N, are doing to sell poetry collections in an age where very few Americans are buying them. (Millions)

Apogee Journal, a literary magazine that provides “a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color,” is compiling an "Alternate Canon" in response to Junot Díaz’s recent essay on the New Yorker blog, which discussed the lack of texts by writers of color in MFA curricula. (Harriet)

Following the recent closure of the Air Lounge, a poetry gathering place in Oakland, California, husband and wife duo Siraj Fowler and Daaimah Waqia have created a new poetry venue in Oakland called the Golden Stair. (San Francisco Bay View)

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July 28, 2014 (All day)
Amazon’s Second Quarter Losses, Concern Over Apple’s Proposed Settlement, and More
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:14:20 +0000 -
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Northwestern University sues author; Pearson reports a profit; Elizabeth E. Barker named director of the Boston Athenæum; 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:

While Amazon reported an increase of 23 percent in sales during the second financial quarter, it also announced a net loss of $126 million—far greater than analysts had anticipated. After releasing the information, the company’s stocks plummeted in after-hours trading. (Forbes)

Meanwhile, U.K. Publisher Pearson reported a profit of £227 million (approximately $385.6 million) despite a decrease in sales during the first half of the year. (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has taken issue with the terms of Apple’s deal to recompense customers if an appeals court reverses her verdict that the company conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices. What was “most troubling” to the judge was a clause that would require only $70 million in compensation from Apple if Cote’s decision is reversed. (Reuters)

Northwestern University has filed a lawsuit against author and bookseller Nina Barrett, who was hired by the university and its library to write a book about the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder in Chicago. After Barrett resigned from her position earlier this year, the university discovered that she had taken the unfinished manuscript and related files with her, and she has since refused the university's demands that the files be returned. (Chicago Tribune)

Elizabeth E. Barker has been appointed as the director of the Boston Athenæum. Founded in 1807, the athenæum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the United States. (Fine Books & Collections)

When he's not busy debating fracking issues or hosting visitors at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jeff Katz, author and mayor of Cooperstown, New York, is at work Split Season, his second book about the relationship between the Kansas City A’s and the New York Yankees. (New York Times)

Artist John Vernon Lord has created an illustrated version of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake for the Folio Society. (Melville House)

This weekend, the forth-annual New York City Poetry Festival will by held on Governor’s Island. (Time Out New York)

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July 25, 2014 (All day)
Germany Digitizes WWI Documents, North Carolina Writers React to “Poet Gate,” and More
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:33 +0000 -
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San Francisco bookstores struggle with high rents; writers discussing money; one-star reviews of classic literature; 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 German government recently digitized 700,000 documents relating to World War I. The documents are freely available to view—in German—on the website of the Federal Archive. (Fine Books & Collections)

Rising rents are threatening a number of independent bookstores in San Francisco, including Bibliohead, the only independent bookseller located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, which is being forced to relocate. Earlier this year, Marcus Books was evicted from its Fillmore location, following two other independent shops in the Mission district being forced out last year. (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

The New York Times examines the increasing willingness of writers to talk about what they’re paid—a trend that has led to several new online essays and magazines like Scratch (featured in our May/June 2014 issue), devoted entirely to the topic.

In the wake of the conflict that led to North Carolina poet laureate Valerie Macon’s resignation a week after she was chosen for the post by Governor Pat McCrory—a situation some local writers are referring to as “Poet Gate”—other poets from the region discuss their impressions of the controversy and speculate on the evolution of the position. (Mountain Xpress)

A forensic artist at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, recently created a life-sized wax sculpture of the author based on first-hand accounts, descriptions, and portraits of Austen. (Guardian)

Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band comprised of middle school students Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins, has signed a book deal with G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, capping a banner year during which the three minors participated in the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and are scheduled to participate in the Warped Tour. (GalleyCat)

Business Insider offers suggestions for those looking to read through the New Yorker’s online archives, which are freely accessible for the next three months. (New York Times)

Electric Literature highlights some of the most scathing and humorous online reviews of classic works of literature—including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Beowulf, among others—culled from the Tumblr One-Star Book Reviews.

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July 24, 2014 (All day)
Jack White Launches Third Man Press, Some Consumers Avoiding Amazon, and More
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:06:54 +0000 -
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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 -
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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)

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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 -
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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.