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Marlon James’s Fantasy Trilogy, Write in Mark Twain’s Library, and More
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:43:32 +0000 -

John Yau on John Ashbery’s collage work; the novel in the age of Obama; on translating The Epic of Gilgamesh; 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:

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James has revealed initial details about his next project, a fantasy trilogy inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and African mythology and folklore. James says he aims to publish the first installment of the Dark Star Trilogy in fall 2018. (Los Angeles Times)

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, is offering writers uninterrupted work time in Twain’s personal library. Writers can reserve three hours in the library for fifty dollars. (Huffington Post)

Christian Lorentzen examines various strategies of novelists writing during Barack Obama’s presidency, and breaks “Obama Lit” into four categories: autofiction, fables of meritocracy, historical novels set in the near past, and narratives centered on trauma. (Vulture)

“For a poet who is notorious for writing opaque poems…a number of collages celebrate the youthful male body with an innocence that is touching, tender, and, frankly, poignant and sweet.” Poet and art critic John Yau considers John Ashbery’s recent collages, which are on display at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in New York City until January 28. (Hyperallergic)

Business Insider features a list of beautiful libraries in every state. Time to plan your next cross-country road trip!

At World Literature Today, translator and Assyriologist Benjamin Foster talks about his experience translating The Epic of Gilgamesh and whether or not it is realistic to anticipate an eventual discovery of a single, complete version of the manuscript.

Meanwhile, American novelists Donna De Leon and Laura Kasischke and British novelist Simon Beckett discuss finding literary success in other countries with foreign-language readers. (Guardian)

Publishing Controversial Figures, Book Thieves, and More
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:32:11 +0000 -

New fiction and poetry in translation; Chinese surgeon’s smog poem goes viral; book returned to Seattle library forty years overdue; 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 the New York Times, Alexandra Alter reports on the ongoing criticism of Threshold Editions’ decision to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and Breitbart senior editor, and considers how publishing houses weigh tricky ethical and commercial decisions to publish controversial books.

A piece at the Guardian compares book thieves in the U.K. to those in Toronto, where works by Haruki Murakami top shoplifters’ lists. In the U.K., the reporter notes, the thieves have “less highbrow tastes,” stealing mainly Harry Potter books and travel guides.

Speaking of Murakami, the title of his forthcoming book has been revealed. Kishidancho Goroshi, or Killing Commendatore, is set for release in Japan on February 24, but nothing about its content has been disclosed. (Seattle Times)

A poem written by a Chinese thoracic surgeon has gone viral for raising awareness about the country’s smog problem and its direct link to lung cancer. (Quartz)

Contrary to a common belief that technology has caused a decline in reading books, a new Gallup poll reveals that the number of books Americans read per year has remained steady over the past fifteen years, with one in three people reading eleven or more books in the previous year.

BookRiot recommends fiction and poetry books in translation published this month, including a new novel from Man Booker International Prize winner Han Kang and an unfinished science fiction work by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz.

Good news for indies: Publishers Weekly profiles a number of independent bookstores across the country that ended 2016 with positive sales numbers.

Penguin Random House has signed a conditional agreement to sell Penguin Singapore and Penguin Malaysia to Asia-Pacific media group Times Publishing. The deal appoints Penguin Singapore and Penguin Malaysia as exclusive distributors for Penguin Random House’s English titles in Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei. (Bookseller)

Today in overdue library book news, the Seattle Public Library recently received a forty-year-overdue library book with an apology note inside. (Komonews.com)

Poetry and Standardized Tests, the Shakespeare Detective, and More
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:12 +0000 -

Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi on her debut novel; new Philip Levine poetry books; a survey of Great American Novels; 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:

Poet Sara Holbrook writes about being unable to answer questions about her own poems on a Texas state standardized test. “Any test that questions the motivations of the author without asking the author is a big baloney sandwich,” Holbrook says. (Washington Post)

“This gathering of his work…comes at a needed time when the American identity, especially the working class identity, seems to have disappeared, no longer visible beneath traditional banners of party politics and Democratic loyalties.” Thomas Curwen considers two new poetry collections by the late Philip Levine, who died in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

Heather Wolfe, Elizabethan manuscript scholar and Folger Shakespeare Library curator, has made valuable discoveries about the identity and character of William Shakespeare. (Guardian)

Fiction writer Yaa Gyasi talks about her acclaimed debut novel, Homegoing, writing about slavery, and the complicated idea of “home.”  (Guardian)

Literary Hub features a survey of books that have been called the “Great American Novel.”

In Seattle, Donald Vass is the Kings County Library’s last book mender, a fading trade across many library systems. (New York Times)

Bruce Miller, executive producer of the forthcoming television series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, discusses the differences between the novel and the series. Atwood served as consulting producer for the series, which premieres April 26 on Hulu. (Wrap)

Writers Resist, Literary Golden Globes, and More
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:29:00 +0000 -

Nelson Doubleday Jr. Collection to go to auction next week; Florida librarians create fake borrowers to save books; Powell’s Books sends titles to Obama and Trump; 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:

On January 15 hundreds of writers and artists will participate in pre-inauguration protests across the country and abroad. Launched by poet Erin Belieu and cosponsored by PEN America, the Writers Resist gatherings will feature authors reading from works that “address democratic ideals and freedom of expression.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon recently invited its customers to recommend books that the store will send to President Obama and President-Elect Trump before Inauguration Day.

From Lion to Hidden Figures, Literary Hub provides a guide to the literary adaptations nominated for this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Two Florida librarians have been suspended for checking out more than two thousand titles under a fake identity. The pair created the fake identity to save certain books from being removed from the library system, as books that are not checked out for long periods of time are often discarded. (Orlando Sentinel)

Next week, New York City auction house Doyle will auction off publisher Nelson Doubleday Jr.’s collection, which includes many of the publisher’s first editions of books by Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, and other major authors. (PR NewsWire)

Elle lists twenty-five anticipated fiction books by women released in 2017.

Novelist and memoirist Rachel Cusk discusses her reading habits and how the responsibility of memoirists is similar to that of parents: “They are highly visible, especially in their mistakes. Likewise the memoirist occupies an intensely subjective world, while creating a template for, or version of, living in which objectivity is everything.” (New York Times)

Amazon to Open NYC Bookstore This Year, Book Deserts, and More
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:52:30 +0000 -

Upcoming screen adaptations of popular novels; Medium changes business model and cuts jobs; Central and South American books to read this 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:

Amazon has confirmed plans to open a physical bookstore in New York City this spring in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center. The retailer has announced or opened five other brick-and-mortar shops; the first store opened in Seattle in 2015. (Wall Street Journal)

The Guardian provides a guide to this year’s big book adaptations, including the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dark Tower.

The New York Daily News reports that the recent closure of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Bronx, the borough’s only general-interest bookstore, adds the neighborhood to the growing number of “book deserts” across the country—impoverished neighborhoods with little access to print resources.

Online publishing platform Medium announced it is cutting fifty jobs and closing several offices as the company transitions away from its ad-driven business model. CEO Ev Williams says: “We are also changing our business model to more directly drive the mission we set out on originally…. To build a better publishing platform—one that allowed anyone to offer their stories and ideas to the world and that helped the great ones rise to the top.”

Canada tops the New York Times’s list of “52 Places to Go in 2017.” Five Canadian authors, including Madeleine Thien and Cory Doctorow, reflect on their favorite places in the country.

Book Riot rounds up a list of books by Central and South American authors to read in 2017. 

Award-winning fiction writer Ian McEwan speaks with the Times Literary Supplement about the book he wished he had written, what the literary fiction field will look like in the future, and his picks for overrated and underrated books.

Meanwhile, fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins discusses writing about the water crisis in California and how fiction can encourage activism. “If fiction matters it is because of the way it combines narrative and language: thoughtful, surprising, illuminating language. It is through this perfection of language that the art makes change.” (Ploughshares)

Questions for Poetry, Asian American Lit Achievements, and More
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:59:05 +0000 -

Mein Kampf becomes best-seller in Germany; Roxane Gay on her new story collection; Virginia school board considers proposal against “sexually explicit” 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:

NBC News features a retrospective of Asian American literary achievements in 2016, including Viet Thanh Nguyen winning the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Sympathizer, and comic-book author Gene Luen Yang receiving a MacArthur “genius” grant. 

“What poetry gives us is an archive, the fullest existent archive of what human beings have thought and felt by the kind of artists who loved language in a way that allowed them to labor over how you make a music of words to render experience exactly and fully.” Poet Robert Hass talks with Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern about the lasting significance of poetry. (New York Times)

An annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto, Mein Kampf, has become a best-seller in Germany. Eighty-five thousand copies of the book have been sold since its publication a year ago. (CBS News)

The Virginia Board of Education is considering a proposal that would require local school boards and teachers to notify parents of “sexually explicit” reading assignments and provide replacement texts for those who ask for them. (Washington Post)

At Electric Literature, Roxane Gay discusses her new story collection, Difficult Women, released yesterday by Grove Press, as well as her forthcoming memoir, Hunger, due later this year. 

The Millions has released its “great book preview” of approximately eighty fiction and nonfiction titles that will be published during the first half of 2017.

Poet and musician David Meltzer, whose work is most often associated with the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s, died this past Saturday at age seventy-nine. Meltzer published more than forty poetry books in his lifetime. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Adam Morgan, editor in chief of the Chicago Review of Books, explains his decision not to cover a single Simon & Schuster book in 2017, following news of the publisher’s deal with Milo Yiannopoulous. “To protect the victims of discrimination from its traumatic and sometimes deadly consequences, the literary community must stand against anyone—author or publisher—who peddles hate speech for profit.” (Guardian)

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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.