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Shakespeare’s First Folios Tour, Aldus Manutius Exhibit, and More
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:05:39 +0000 -

Tony Harrison wins David Cohen prize; book sculptures; Pittsburgh poet pays to publish; 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 Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., will host a traveling exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folios in 2016. The Washington Post provides the complete list of sites on the “Folger’s First Folios” tour, which is set to stop in every state.

Sixteenth-century printer Aldus Manutius, who is considered the father of the paperback book, is the subject of a current exhibit at the Grolier Club in New York City. The exhibit commemorates the five-hundredth anniversary of Manutius’s death, and “the birth of reading as we know it,” says Philip Greenberg at the New York Times

British poet and playwright Tony Harrison was awarded the 2015 David Cohen Prize for Literature this week. Chair of judges Mark Lawson noted that Harrison “is a great poet of the private—in his early work about his upbringing and education in working-class Leeds—but also of the public: addressing social incohesion (in v) and the recent British wars abroad (in Cold Coming).” (Guardian)

An anonymous person has been abandoning books along Colorado’s Highway 287. The act is both dangerous for the highway workers and sad for book lovers. (Melville House)

However, artist Alexis Arnold could use those discarded books to create her crystalized sculptures. (Colossal)

For the past eight years, a Pittsburgh man named Billie Nardozzi has paid $50 almost every week to publish his poems in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Coffee and writing are meant to be together. Browse Travel & Leisure’s list of college coffee shops across America that host poetry readings and other writing events.

Seamus Heaney Tribute, Germany to Republish Mein Kampf, and More
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:24:30 +0000 -

“Pick Your Price for Poetry” promotion; Auden and politics; Rita Dove and Toni Morrison to attend NBCC awards; 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 new edition of Adolf Hitler’s “autobiographical manifesto of hate,” Mein Kampf, will be reissued in Germany in early 2016. The book has been banned in the country for seventy years, and the plan for publication has become the topic of heated debate. (Washington Post)

The latest issue of the Poetry Ireland Review is a “tribute album” to the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Fifty leading Irish poets chose their favorite Heaney poem and wrote an accompanying essay for the issue. Heaney passed away in August 2013. (Guardian)

“Auden’s idiosyncratic, mercurial spirit, in many ways the legacy of that one indelible line (‘Poetry makes nothing happen’) marks us still. One can regard that legacy as a re-envisioning of the poet’s social role.” In an essay for the Boston Review, Robert Huddleston discusses W. H.  Auden and the socio-political influence of poetry.

Independent publisher Brooklyn Arts Press is currently running an experimental “Pick-Your-Price” promotion for its latest title. Through March 7, readers can purchase a paperback copy of Noah Eli Gordon’s new poetry collection, The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom, for whatever price they choose, plus a $5 shipping fee.

Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble announced plans to separate its college bookstore business from its retail and e-book (Nook) units. The retailer’s original plan was to spin off its struggling Nook business. (Wall Street Journal)

Meanwhile, at the New York Times, Stephen Heyman assesses the state of independent bookstores in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. In the U.S., independent bookstores appear to be thriving. “Despite all the quantum leaps in technology, the fact is nothing beats a physical, bricks-and-mortar store to discover books that you didn't know about,” said CEO of the American Booksellers Association Oren Teicher.

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced this week that Rita Dove will introduce Toni Morrison at the NBCC awards ceremony on March 12. Morrison, who won the NBCC fiction prize in 1977 for her novel Song of Solomon, will receive this year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. (Washington Post)

Richard Linklater, the director of the critically acclaimed film Boyhood, is in talks to direct a film adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 bestselling novel Where’d You Go Bernadette. (Hollywood Reporter)


ISIS Bombs Iraq Library, Canadian Authors for Indies Day, and More
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:44:34 +0000 -

Writers’ egos and sensitivities; Boston’s library vigilante; Amiri Baraka tribute; 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 Sunday night, ISIS members bombed the Mosul Public Library in Iraq and destroyed eight thousand rare manuscripts and books. This event follows several previous library bombings and lootings by ISIS militants. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 books have been destroyed in Iraq since December. (Melville House)

Nearly one hundred Canadian independent bookstores have signed up for the inaugural Canadian Authors for Indies Day, which is set to take place on May 2. Founder Janie Chang recently spoke with Laura Godfrey about the initiative at Publishers Weekly.

To honor the one-year anniversary of poet Amiri Baraka’s death, Thomas Sayers Ellis recorded a tribute poem to Baraka for the Poetry Foundation. 

“And yet although the writing profession is generally free of the ostentatious egotism of rock’n’roll, the ways in which it is infused with vanity have become increasingly evident to me.” At the Guardian, Julian Baggini discusses the extremes of self-aggrandizement and oversensitivity in the writing world.

Word and Film interviews poet Matthew Dickman about his poem’s inclusion in the New Yorker’s new short-film documentary series, “The New Yorker Presents.” In the pilot episode, actor Andrew Garfield performs Dickman’s poem “King.”

At the New York Times Bookends blog, Ayana Mathis and Pankaj Mishra debate whether James Baldwin was correct to denounce Richard Wright’s novel Native Son.

An anonymous Boston Public Library patron who goes by the username “noluckboston” has labeled seventy-four books in the library’s online portal system with the tag “awful library book.” According to Boston.com, however, “though it seems like noluckboston is hating on the library, he’s really trying to help by pointing out books to make the collection seem more relevant.”

Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Michael Chabon wrote several songs for Mark Ronson’s new album Uptown Special. At the Daily Beast, Chabon lists some of his pop songwriting tips.

Maya Angelou Postage Stamp, Former Inmates’ Poetry, and More
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:50:59 +0000 -

College students prefer print over digital; Neruda’s body returned to his grave; Lydia Davis’s writing advice; 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 U.S. Postal Service announced yesterday that the late Maya Angelou will be honored on a “forever” postage stamp. The design and release date is yet to be announced. Angelou passed away last year at age eighty-six. (Los Angeles Times)

Following suspicions about his death, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s body was exhumed two years ago for forensic tests. A Chilean judge has ruled that Neruda’s body is to be returned to his grave in April. (Guardian)

In a new book, photographer Sandro Miller features portraits of former prison inmates alongside their poetry. The former inmates participated in poetry classes at St. Leonard’s House in Chicago. (Esquire)

Nine writers from four different countries have been awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prizes for fiction, nonfiction, and drama. The winners will each receive $150,000 to support their work. For more information about the prize and a complete list of winners, visit the Grants & Awards blog.

Despite today’s college students’ lives revolving mainly around screens and the digital world, many prefer reading in print, as reading on a screen makes concentration more difficult. (Washington Post)

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Philip Metres interviews poet Fady Joudah about his new book, Sand Opera, and the role of Arab American literature amidst ongoing political debates regarding the Arab world.

“Do what you want to do, and don’t worry if it’s a little odd or doesn’t fit the market.” In a video interview for the Louisiana Channel, fiction writer Lydia Davis offers advice to young writers. (Electric Literature)

James Baldwin’s FBI File, Marginalia Exhibit, and More
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:37:45 +0000 -

France and the Amazon threat; publishers bypass agents; final sentences; 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:

“As we feign surprise at police brutality and our Twitter outrage flits from Ferguson to Staten Island to Cleveland, this is just the discomfiting book we need.” At the Washington Post, Ron Charles reviews T. Geronimo Johnson’s new novel Welcome to Braggsville. Johnson is profiled in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Meanwhile, William J. Maxwell’s new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, examines the FBI files of black authors such as Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, and James Baldwin. An excerpt centered on Baldwin’s 1,884-page file is reproduced at Publishers Weekly.

Marginalia continues to fascinate the public. The New York Society Library is currently hosting an exhibit featuring annotated books from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries called Readers Make Their Mark. The exhibit will run until August 15. (New York Review of Books)

As more people in France purchase their books online, French booksellers are concerned about online retail giant Amazon’s threat to the country’s bookstores. Some booksellers believe Amazon undermines French literary culture. (PBS)

“This is the best time for a writer to get real, to depict reality as they see it, without compromises, without fear.” In an essay for the Millions, Jonathan Russell Clark writes about the art of crafting final sentences.

In a controversial industry trend, an increasing number of publishing executives at large houses such as HarperCollins and Little, Brown are bypassing literary agents altogether and inviting open submissions of manuscripts. (Guardian)

Over at Medium, Christopher Pierznik discusses the aftermath of publishing a book that doesn’t sell well.

Philip Roth Film Adaptation, Sherlock Holmes Story Found in Attic, and More
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:42:50 +0000 -

Libraries in public spaces; Jennifer Lopez film sparks Iliad searches; the realities of being an author; 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 creators of Little Free Libraries, Literary Lots, the Uni Project, and more public-space literary projects discuss what it means to be a library in the twenty-first century at the Kickstarter blog.

Actor Ewan McGregor is set to direct a film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel American Pastoral. (Electric Literature)

Speaking of actors, who could have guessed that a Jennifer Lopez movie would spark critical debate and thousands of Internet searches for a first edition of Homer’s three-thousand-year-old epic poem The Iliad? (Washington Post)

A Scottish man named Walter Elliot has discovered a previously unseen Sherlock Holmes story in his attic. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1904 to help save a town bridge in Selkirk, Scotland. (Telegraph)

“The fact that people fantasize about being an author only proves how little they know about the reality of the job.” At the Guardian, author Tim Lott weighs in on the results of a recent poll that found “author” to be the most desirable job in Britain.

After Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg chose Eula Biss’s On Immunity as his latest book club pick, the book’s independent publisher Graywolf Press announced a fifth printing of five thousand more copies of the book. (Publishers Weekly)

“Politics is shaped by people. And people, sometimes, are shaped by the fiction they read.” Authors Mohsin Hamid and Francine Prose discuss fiction’s political influence at the New York Times Bookends blog.

Following the announcement that San Francisco’s Borderlands Books would close its doors, the owner announced plans to offer paid sponsorships, which could potentially allow the independent store to remain open. (Shelf Awareness)

Meanwhile, a nineteenth-century building in Bucharest, Romania, has been converted into the “Carousel of Light” bookstore, boasting more than ten thousand books. (GalleyCat)

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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.