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Thanksgiving Reading List, New Translations of Alexievich, and More
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:43:39 +0000 -

Cultural figures call for release of Palestinian poet facing execution; Ta-Nehisi Coates on hope; John Freeman profiles Ben Lerner; 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:

Human-rights groups, international cultural figures, and arts organizations have joined together to call for the release of Palestinian artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh, who faces execution in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of  renouncing Islam. Organizations and individuals including British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, playwright David Hare, and Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif have signed a statement condemning Fayadh’s conviction; the letter will be delivered to the Saudi embassy in London on Friday. (Guardian)

Random House is set to publish English translations of three books by Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize­ in Literature. The first translation, Second-Hand Time, will be released in the summer of 2016; the following two works, War’s Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses, will be published in 2017. Each work features “oral histories compiled from extensive interviews.” (GalleyCat)

From hybrid nonfiction to short stories in translation, Flavorwire offers its picks for the fifty best books published by independent presses in 2015.

Ta-Nahesi Coates—winner of this year’s National Book Award in nonfiction—writes about the virtues of creating art that does not make hope its central mission. “Hope for hope’s sake, hope as tautology, hope because hope, hope because ‘I said so,’ is the enemy of intelligence. One can say the same about the opposing pole of despair. Neither of these—hope or despair—are ‘wrong.’ They each reflect human sentiment, much like anger, sadness, love, and joy. Art that uses any of these to say something larger interests me. Art that takes any of these as its aim does not.” (Atlantic)

St. Martin’s Press has announced that it will publish “Adnan’s Story,” a book about Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast “Serial,” in September. Rabia Chaudry, a friend of Syed who was featured in the podcast, will write the book. (Los Angeles Times)

At Electric Literature, John Freeman profiles the work of poet and novelist Ben Lerner, who received a MacArthur “Genius Grant” earlier this year.

Are you ready for tomorrow’s time-honored American tradition of gluttonous feasting ? Consume these passages to excess with this Thanksgiving reading list provided by Literary Hub.

Against Pandering, Interactive Fiction, and More
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:36:52 +0000 -

The public intellectual in the age of specialization; Palestinian poet sentenced to death for denouncing Islam; Luc Sante interviewed; 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:

“I have been writing to impress old white men. Countless decisions I’ve made about what to write and how to write it have been in acquiescence to the opinions of the white male literati. Not only acquiescence but a beseeching, approval seeking, people pleasing.” At Tin House, fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins argues against writing that panders to a white male audience and for writing stories that refuse categorization. “Let us, each of us, write things that are uncategorizable, rather than something that panders to and condones and codifies those categories.”

From novels with accompanying apps to interactive sites that upload novels in progress, the Economist takes a look at the future of interactive fiction.

Last week, a court in Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of Palestinian artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh for renouncing Islam. The Guardian reports that Fayadh is a “key member of the British-Saudi art organization Edge of Arabia.” The court order was said to have been prompted by his 2008 poetry collection, Instructions Within, which Fayadh said was  “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee…about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.” Fayadh has thirty days for an appeal.

Following the recent attacks in Paris, writer and critic Luc Sante discusses his new book about the city’s radical tradition, The Other Paris, and what the effect of terrorism might have on the country. “I wanted to tell the story of what Louis Chevalier calls the ‘working and dangerous classes.’ Those are my people—my forebears on both sides all the way back, Belgian in my case but with many cultural points of similarity—and it also happens to be the aspect of Parisian life that American readers know the least about.”

The Believer features an interview with filmmaker, performance artist, and author Miranda July. July’s debut novel, The First Bad Man, was released this past year.

“The past appears overcrowded with public intellectuals, while in the present they seem scarce.” At the New York Times, writers Alice Gregory and Pankaj Mishra debate the fate of the public intellectual in the current “age of specialization.”

Alaskan Native poet Joan Naviyuk Kane talks to PBS NewsHour about how writing poetry in her Native Inupiaq language is a tool “against the misconceptions that exist about Native people in the U.S.—those that do not account for the reality of diverse, thriving Native cultures.”

Ta-Nahesi Coates on NBA Win, Civilized Saturday, and More
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:13:35 +0000 -

The New Yorker launches novella column; Greek New Testament fragment discovered on eBay; editor John Freeman on starting literary journal Freeman’s; 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 NPR, Ta-Nahesi Coates—this year’s winner of the National Book Award in nonfiction for Between the World and Me—discusses dedicating his award to his friend Prince Jones, his writing process, and the pressures of writing about black experience.

Barnes & Noble has enlisted one hundred and twenty best-selling authors to sign five thousand copies of their latest books for the company’s second annual holiday Signed Editions program. The autographed copies will be available in Barnes & Noble stores beginning on Black Friday (November 27). Participating authors include Brian Selznick, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Veronica Roth. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, independent bookstores in the U.K. are gearing up for the first ever “Civilized Saturday,” the “antithesis to Black Friday,” in which bookstores offer customers a much calmer experience as a counterpoint to the chaotic Black Friday mayhem, “by serving prosecco and cake to customers while playing classical music, for example.” (Bookseller)

The New Yorker has launched an online-only novella column showcasing long-form fiction. The first featured piece is “In Hindsight,” by Callan Wink.

A papyrus fragment dating from A.D 250 to A.D. 350 believed to contain lines from the Greek New Testament has been discovered on eBay. A scholar of early Christianity at the University of Texas found the listing of the manuscript fragment and halted the online auction in order to present his research at the annual conference of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta over the weekend. (New York Times)

Publishing Perspectives highlights editor John Freeman’s career transition from book critic to Granta editor and finally to starting his own literary journal, Freeman’s.

It’s late November, and that means the year-end lists are here. The authors of Publishers Weekly’s top books of 2015 share their favorite titles of the year.

Lost William Faulkner Play Published, Poet Novels, and More
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:19:36 +0000 -

Vonnegut novel to be adapted into television series; Hemingway tops French best-seller list; Los Angeles Library dedicates branch to poet Wanda Coleman; 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:

A lost one-act play by William Faulkner, “Twixt Cup and Lip,” is published for the first time in the current issue of the Strand. Faulkner wrote the play shortly after World War I, when he was in his early twenties, and it was discovered recently in the University of Virginia archives by the Strand’s managing editor Andrew Gulli. (Associated Press)  

The Los Angeles Public Library has announced it will dedicate its Ascot Branch library to poet Wanda Coleman later this month. Coleman died in 2013 and was considered Los Angeles’s “unofficial poet laureate.” (Los Angeles Times)

Penguin Young Readers Group president Don Weisberg has been named the new president of Macmillan Publishers U.S. Weisberg will oversee Macmillan’s publishing divisions, audio and podcast businesses, and its trade sales organization. He will begin in January. (Publishers Weekly)

A limited television series adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle is in development for the FX network. The series will be written and executive produced by Noah Hawley, the creator of the FX series Fargo. Cat’s Cradle is the first of Vonnegut’s novels to be adapted into a television series. (Deadline)

“Poetry certainly doesn’t need to become something else, but it may prove a decent training ground for innovative fiction more often than fiction proves a training ground for good poetry.” At Literary Hub, Forrest Gander lists seven great novels written by poets.

Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, has risen to number one on Amazon’s French site. The book, which is about the author’s time in Paris during the 1920s, is published in French as Paris est une fête (Paris Is a Celebration),“striking a chord with a mood of defiance in the wake of the attacks.” (Guardian)

Audiobooks.com has created a new audiobook distribution service for self-published authors. The service, called Author’s Republic, allows users to submit self-published audiobook titles to multiple platforms including Audible, iTunes, Amazon, Scribd, Downpour, and others. (GalleyCat)

National Book Award Winners Announced, Ambiguity in Fiction, and More
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:25:05 +0000 -

Claudia Rankine interviewed; million-dollar literary debuts; William Blake among the ages; 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:

Last night, the winners of the sixty-sixth National Book Awards were announced. Robin Coste Lewis won the poetry award for her collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus; Adam Johnson took home the fiction award for his story collection Fortune Smiles; Ta-Nehisi Coates won in nonfiction for Between the World and Me; and Neal Shusterman won in young people’s literature for Challenger Deep. Read more at the Grants & Awards Blog.

Meanwhile, some of the year’s most buzzed-about books have inexplicably divided the critics, including National Book Award finalists Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, and Jonathan Franzen’s Purity. (Wall Street Journal)

Speaking of big books, there appears to be a shift in literary publishing, with seven-figure advances once reserved for “promising debut thrillers or romance novels” now being offered to literary debuts. Says Jennifer Maloney at the WSJ: “Thanks to a spate of recent runaway hits such as The Goldfinch in 2013 and All the Light We Cannot See last year, publishers are increasingly willing to pony up enormous advances to secure potential blockbusters.”

“I think any poem, and any writer, is always breaking open the questions beneath the poem, or the writing.” Citizen author Claudia Rankine talks about writing as investigation, the usefulness of the MFA, engaging with various artistic mediums, and more. (Spectacle)

At the Atlantic, Paris Review editor Lorin Stein discusses the power of ambiguity in fiction, and how Denis Johnson’s story “Car Crash While Hitchhiking” prefigures some of the most interesting new writing he’s encountering today.

At Literary Hub, Rebecca Solnit attempts to put an end to the gender-locking of the notorious Esquire list that keeps “rising from the dead like a zombie to haunt the Internet”—“The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read”—with her own list of “80 Books No Woman Should Read.”

“My Blake, the radical visionary poet of the 1960s, seems almost old fashioned now. I realize how many other Blakes there have been, both before and since.” At the New York Review of Books, Richard Holmes considers the various figurations of William Blake’s greatness.

Germaine Greer’s Letter to Martin Amis, Bad Sex in Fiction, and More
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:00:56 +0000 -

Denver bookstore vandalized; New York Public Library acquires New York Review of Books archives; National Book Award winners announced tonight; 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 shortlist for the U.K.’s twenty-third annual Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced. Among the finalists for the award, which celebrates “the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction,” are Erica Jong’s Fear of Dying, Lauren Groff’s Fates & Furies, and British musician Morrissey’s debut novel, List of the Lost. The winner will be announced December 1. (BBC News)

Isis Books & Gifts, a bookstore in Denver, Colorado, has become the target of misguided vandalism as of late by people who associate its name with the ISIS terrorist group. (KDVR.com)

The New York Public Library has acquired the entirety of the New York Review of Books archives, which approximates to “three thousand linear feet of manuscript material—including correspondence with authors, drafts of articles, and more.” The materials date back to the New York Review of Books’ founding in 1963. (nypl.org)

A 1976 letter that author Germaine Greer wrote to novelist Martin Amis—which details their affair and was never actually sent—may be published in the near future. Melbourne University Press intends to release the thirty-thousand-word letter as a slim book, despite the fact that, Greer, who has indicated the letter was never meant for public view, has not given the publisher consent. The letter was found among documents that were sold to the University of Melbourne in 2013. (Guardian)

Pop star Taylor Swift has partnered with Scholastic Books to donate twenty-five thousand books to New York City schools in need. (Electric Literature)

At NPR, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell discusses genre-bending, using social media as a vehicle for storytelling, and his new novel, Slade House.

Tonight, the winners of the sixty-sixth annual National Book Awards will be announced in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and young people’s literature. Viewers can livestream the awards ceremony, which begins at 7:40PM Eastern. During the ceremony, the National Book Foundation will present lifetime achievement awards to James Patterson and Don DeLillo.

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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.