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Scribd Pulls Romance E-Books, Kafka’s Manuscripts Go to Israel Library, and More
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:54:28 +0000 -

Poetry anthology remembers Mexico’s disappeared students; Barnes & Noble appoints new CEO; Dartmouth sponsors robot poetry contest; 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 a lengthy legal battle, the National Library of Israel has acquired a rare collection of Franz Kafka’s manuscripts. The library will eventually make the collection available online. (Guardian)

Could robots pass a poetic Turing Test? Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science is sponsoring three artificial intelligence contests to find algorithms for “human quality” fiction and poetry. The institute hopes the contests will “inspire artificial intelligence researchers to take on that challenge and create another dimension of AI—creative intelligence.” (Fortune)

E-book subscription service Scribd is pulling thousands of romance titles from its catalogue. Scribd, whose business model requires payment to publishers for every title read, reports that it has become too expensive to keep up with the number of readers who download romance e-books. (NiemanLab.org)

Current Sears president and CEO Ron Boire has been appointed the new CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc., as well as the new head of Barnes & Noble’s retail bookstore group. Boire will take over duties when the Barnes & Noble Education division spinoff is completed later this summer. Boire will replace current CEO Mike Huseby, who is set to become the company’s executive chairman. (Publishers Weekly)

Mexican publishing house Mexico City Lit has released Poets for Ayotzinapa, a free digital poetry anthology in memory of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College students who disappeared last September. (Hyperallergic)

A group art exhibit currently on display at the Pace Gallery in New York City centers on Edgar Allan Poe’s 1848 treatise on the origins of the universe, Eureka: A Prose Poem. (Paris Review)

All the Light We Cannot See author Anthony Doerr discusses his reading habits and favorite authors: “I’ll read anything Anne Carson writes, anything J. M. Coetzee writes, and anything Cormac McCarthy writes. I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to read a new Mary Ruefle essay.” (New York Times)

Adichie Sparks Twitter Feminism Debate, Revisiting Susan Sontag, and More
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:12:31 +0000 -

Germany proposes curfew for buying erotic e-books; Poetry Flash faces potential closure; Jonathan Galassi on his new novel; 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:

Editor Steve Wasserman revisits the work and legacy of late essayist Susan Sontag at the Los Angeles Review of Books: “She was…one of America’s most influential intellectuals, internationally renowned for the passionate engagement and breadth of her critical intelligence and her ceaseless efforts to promote the cause of human rights. She was, as a writer and as a citizen of the world, a critic and a crusader.”

Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2014 book We Should All Be Feminists, a Nigerian book club started a nationwide Twitter debate about women’s rights. Using the hashtag  #BeingFemaleInNigeria, women paid tribute to Adichie, and discussed the role of religion and the need for feminism in a country where nearly one third of women experience domestic violence. (Guardian)

The poetry review and newsletter Poetry Flash, which has been publishing continuously since 1972, is facing potential closure due to a rent increase at its Berkeley, California, offices. Members of the Berkeley literary community are proposing various ways to rescue the publication. In addition to publishing a newsletter that includes poetry, book reviews, and a literary calendar, Poetry Flash organizes a weekly reading series and sponsors both the Watershed Poetry Ecology Festival and the Northern California Book Awards. (Daily Californian)

In an effort to limit children’s access to “adult-themed” material, Germany has proposed a law that would regulate the purchase of sexually explicit e-books to the hours between 10PM and 6AM. (National Post)

To correspond with the current issue’s focus on translation, the Paris Review is posting two archived video interviews with translators online this week. The first interview is with poet Czesław Miłosz, which took place at the 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center in 1993. Miłosz translated works by Baudelaire, T. S. Eliot, Whitman, and others, into Polish.

In the July installment of the New Yorker Fiction Podcast, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li reads and discusses Patricia Highsmith’s story “The Trouble with Mrs. Blynn, the Trouble with the World.”

Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi talks to Salon about the shifting world of publishing and how his debut novel, Muse, is a love letter to his youth.

David Foster Wallace’s Legacy, Apple Guilty of E-Book Conspiracy, and More
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:02:44 +0000 -

James Patterson announces first round of library grants; Egypt seizes Islamic fundamentalist texts; a debate on genre labeling; 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:

Following the release of the David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour, Christian Lorentzen discusses the shifting figure and public perception of the late author. “He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other.” (Vulture)

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has found Apple guilty of orchestrating a conspiracy with five publishers to increase the prices of e-books. The ruling affirms a 2013 decision by New York City judge Denise Cote that Apple had played a “central role” in the conspiracy to raise e-book prices. Apple is now required to pay $450 million in consumer refunds. (Publishers Weekly)

This morning, best-selling author James Patterson announced the first round of school libraries to receive grants from the initiative he announced in March. Patterson pledged to give $1.5 million to school libraries in need this year, beginning with an installment of $500,000 distributed across 127 schools. Last year, Patterson gave more than $1 million to independent bookstores across the country. (Washington Post)

“Often it seems that our experience of the words once written down is as volatile and precarious as our other sense impressions. No reader ever really takes complete control of a book—it’s an illusion—and perhaps to expend vast quantities of energy seeking to do so is a form of impoverishment.” Tim Parks writes for the New York Review of Books about how reading is essentially a form of forgetting.

Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments has announced that it will “purge and confiscate” books in mosque libraries that call for “fundamentalism and extremism, and call for the opposite of moderate Islam.” (Melville House)

Is genre labeling still necessary? Authors Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison discuss the current usefulness of categorizing literature. (New York Times)

At Electric Literature, Steve Paulson interviews literary critic James Wood about the art of book reviewing, how fiction has become a secular form of scripture, the task of the writer, and more.

The Crisis in Nonfiction Publishing, Women Writers and the Diary Form, and More
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:00:32 +0000 -

Bookstores plan events for Go Set a Watchman release; Haruki Murakami remembers the moment he became a novelist; Zadie Smith coauthors a sci-fi script; 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:

Is there a crisis in nonfiction publishing? Spectator literary editor Sam Leith discusses how mainstream nonfiction publishers are currently producing too many “talking point” and “smart thinking” books that simplify ideas rather than expand human understanding of the world. (Guardian)

At the New Republic, Jordan Kisner examines the work of women writers, including Heidi Julavits, Sarah Manguso, and Jenny Offill, who use the diary form to confront the anxiety of passing time.  

Haruki Murakami remembers the precise moment, at a baseball game in 1978, when he decided to become a novelist. (Literary Hub)

French film director Claire Denis has enlisted acclaimed British author Zadie Smith, and Smith’s husband, writer Nick Laird, to coauthor the script of an upcoming sci-fi movie. Filming for the yet untitled project, which is set in outer space, will begin early next year. (Flavorwire)

Bookstores and libraries across the country are planning events for the July 14 publication of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, including read-a-thons, film screenings, and discussion groups. (New York Times)

“A story, a poem, a novel, or a memoir won’t reach its best destination without the labor of reconsideration, without the ability to see afresh what is obscure, or incomplete. And neither will the story of our lives.” Author Philip Graham considers various ways in which writers can learn to embrace and eventually self-heal emotional or psychic wounds from the past. (Millions)

Poor critical reception certainly did not hurt sales of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series. The series author, E. L. James, is reportedly worth £37 million (that’s approximately $58.2 million American, for anyone who’s counting). (Telegraph)

Visual Book Reviews, Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Entries, and More
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:14:41 +0000 -

Margaret Atwood draws cartoons for a Kickstarter project; Argentine writer could face jail time for remixing Borges story; the enduring resonance of Khalil Gibran; 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:

In the first art-themed issue of the New York Times Book Review, five contemporary artists, including Wangechi Mutu, Joan Jonas, and Jacolby Satterwhite, create striking visual art pieces as book reviews.

Argentine writer Pablo Katchadjian could face up to six years in prison for intellectual property fraud from remixing and publishing his own version of Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Aleph.” Writer Fernando Sdriogotti condemns the charge, stating, “That in 2015, when everything is reproduced and available to anyone clever enough to perform a web search, someone can risk prison for a literary game brings into view the clear incongruities between contemporary culture and copyright laws.” (Guardian)

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors urging city officials to include independent booksellers in discussions about minimum wage increases. In the letter, ABA CEO Oren Teicher writes, “When cities raise the minimum wage without including small business owners in important policy discussions, they risk harming the people they are seeking to help, by forcing independent businesses, which work on very small margins, to cut benefits or staff hours—or worse, to go out of business.”

“Gibran’s resonance reflects the power of the non-mechanized human spirit, the yearning for simple understandings of even our hyper-sophisticated life.” Gil Troy considers the enduring resonance and popularity of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran in America. (Daily Beast)

Five hundred new entries have been added to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The additions mainly consist of colloquial phrases such as “hot mess,” and “twerk,” which has origins dating back to 1820. (NPR)

After almost ten years of budget cuts, the New York City public library system will receive its largest funding increase ever. The extra $39 million will fund restoration projects at all branches and create five hundred new jobs. (Hyperallergic)

Best-selling author Margaret Atwood will contribute cartoons to the Kickstarter campaign for The Secret Lives of Geek Girls, an all-female anthology of true stories and cartoons compiled by Canadian editor and comic book publisher Hope Nicholson. (Flavorwire)

Split This Rock Launches Poetry Database, Novelist Admits to Plagiarism, and More
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39:42 +0000 -

Women writers discuss their Twitter experiences; defending creative writing classes; August Kleinzahler on John Berryman; 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:

Washington, D.C.–based literary and social justice nonprofit Split This Rock has launched the Quarry, an online poetry database featuring more than three hundred socially engaged poems. Site users may search for poems by social issue, author identity, state, and geographic region. (Washington Post)

Poet Richard Blanco and writer Ruth Behar, both Cuban Americans, traveled to Cuba last week to recruit writers to contribute stories to their new website, Bridges to/from Cuba. The online writing project and Blanco’s visit to the country is part of “an effort to accompany the warming of diplomatic and economic ties with an emotional reconciliation through art and literature.” (Yahoo News)

South Korean novelist Shin Kyung-sook, who won the 2011 Man Asian literary prize for her novel Please Look After Mom, has admitted to recent plagiarism allegations. In an article posted last week on Huffington Post Korea, novelist Lee Eung-jun wrote that Shin plagiarized passages from Yukio Mishima’s 1961 short story “Patriotism” in her 1996 short story “Legend.” Shin initially denied the allegations, but later made a public apology stating, “I can’t believe my own memory.” (Guardian)

Looking back on her tenure as a creative writing program administrator at Seattle’s Hugo House writing center, Laura Lampton Scott makes a case for the continued importance of poet Richard Hugo’s 1979 essay, “In Defense of Creative Writing Classes.” (Electric Literature)

At Literary Hub, eight women writers discuss their experiences on Twitter, which range from the positive (the formation of lasting friendships) to the perilous (misogynist abuse and threats).

Award-winning actors Emma Watson and Tom Hanks are set to star in a film adaptation of Dave Eggers’s novel The Circle. Filming begins in September and the movie will be released next year. (Independent)

At the London Review of Books, poet August Kleinzahler writes about the life of late poet John Berryman and the legacy of his seminal work The Dream Songs: “It was a period in which his mental and physical condition deteriorated as a result of extreme alcohol abuse and the poems are nourished by that dissolution and the despair born of it, the best of them transmuting Berryman’s condition into something lambent and ludic.”

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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
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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.