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World Book Night, Gabriel García Márquez's Final Manuscript, and More
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 -
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Amazon's control of the U.K. market; Alicia Silverstone’s parenting advice; which birds are the most faithful partners; 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:

Tonight is World Book Night, an international celebration of reading and literature created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, in which half a million free books are given out around the world. To kick off events in London, authors including Philip Pullman will read from the letters of writers such as Kurt Vonnegut and Ted Hughes. (Guardian)

In the wake of Gabriel García Márquez's death last week, the author's family will be faced with the question of whether or not to publish his final unpublished book, a novel tentatively titled En Agosto Nos Vemos or We'll See Each Other in August. (Wire)

A new BBC documentary titled Business Boomers reveals that more than half of today’s online retail sales in the United Kingdom happen through Amazon. (Melville House) 

Actress Alicia Silverstone has released a new book on parenting titled The Kind Mama, in which she advocates a vegan lifestyle for a healthier pregnancy, which the Daily Beast finds less than impressive.

Novelist and short story writer Elizabeth McCracken, whose collection Thunderstruck and Other Stories was released Tuesday, is interviewed at Salon.

Reporter Robert Krulwich of WYNC’s Radiolab examines findings on bird fidelity presented by author Noah Strycker in his new book The Thing With Feathers. (NPR)

The Toast offers advice on determining whether or not your life is a figment of Charles Dickens’s imagination.

The Oxford University Press takes a look at the battles over spelling reform during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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April 23, 2014 (All day)
MacAdam Cage Authors Recoup Rights, David Foster Wallace Estate Decries Forthcoming Biopic, and More
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 -
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Salman Rushdie examines Gabriel García Márquez’s magic realism; ZYZZYVA’s one hundredth issue; Charlotte Brontë’s Google doodle; 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 months of uncertainty, authors published by the recently defunct independent press MacAdam Cage have recovered the print rights to their books. The San Francisco press filed for bankruptcy this past January. (Publishers Weekly)

The estate of David Foster Wallace has publicly criticized The End of the Tour, the forthcoming film based on the author’s posthumously published transcripts, which were recorded by author and journalist David Lipsky during a 1996 book tour. (Los Angeles Times)

Salman Rushdie remembers Gabriel García Márquez. (New York Times)

As literary journal ZYZZYVA celebrates its one hundredth issue, the Millions interviews editor Laura Cogan concerning the magazine’s past and future.

Bucking the current trend of bookstores exiting Manhattan, Posman books will open a fourth store in the New York City borough, with plans to open five more over the next five years. (Shelf Awareness)

In case you missed it, the Guardian highlights yesterday’s Google doodle celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.

Author Ann Bauer examines how writers can avoid the perils of using public tragedies as plot points in fiction. (Beyond the Margins)

Melville House assesses the relationships of Christian book imprints to their larger publishers.

Frances Justine Post discusses her poem “Self-Portrait in the Body of a Whale.” (Poetry Society of America)

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April 22, 2014 (All day)
New Survey Reveals E-book Majority, Samsung Launches Amazon App, and More
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:58:05 +0000 -
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A new app for remembering great ideas; a posthumous story collection by Maeve Binchy; meals from 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:

A recent poll conducted by market research firm Harris Interactive, owned by Nielsen, has found that 54 percent of Americans are reading e-books. This new research contrasts with findings reported earlier this year by the Pew Research Center, which suggested that e-books comprised only 28 percent of American readership. (Digital Book World)

Kindle for Samsung, a new app for the Galaxy device that allows users to buy and read magazines, newspapers, and books from Amazon, was released last week. (Tech Crunch)

Meanwhile, Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, has created Six Words, an iPhone app and social sharing tool that allows writers to type ideas quickly when inspiration strikes and share their works in progress with other users. (GalleyCat)

Chestnut Street, a collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy, will be published posthumously this month, almost two years after the novelist’s death in 2012. (Irish Independent)

In the Guardian’s ongoing series dedicated to literary definitions, author Elizabeth Edmondson argues against the use of the "literary fiction" label.

The Smithsonian takes a look at Dinah Fried’s new photo book Fictitious Dishes, featuring fifty meals prepared by the photographer and inspired by well-known works of literature.

Clients, staff, and residents of a Bronx-area probation office have created the second installment of their literary journal, Free Verse, with assistance from poet and New School professor Dave Johnson. (New York Daily News)

The former poet laureate of Indiana, Norbert Krampf, has released a new collection of work inspired by memories of sexual abuse that resurfaced following a move back to his home state. (Indianapolis Star)

Writers surveyed by the Los Angeles Times offer their ideal epitaphs.

Gabriel García Márquez Dies at Age 87, Leonard Riggio Sells 3.7 Million Barnes & Noble Shares, and More
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 -
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Sarabande Books opens new offices in New York City; Gary Shteyngart to decrease blurbing habit; a “poetry fence” in Alexandria, Virginia; 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:

Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez died at his home in Mexico City yesterday; the Columbian novelist was eighty-seven. (New York Times)

Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble, has sold 3.7 million of his personal holdings in the bookseller, leaving him with twenty percent of Barnes & Noble’s common stock. (GalleyCat)

Sarabande Books, a nonprofit publisher based in Louisville, Kentucky, will open offices in New York City on May 1. (Publishers Weekly)

Novelist Gary Shteyngart has announced his intention to end his book-blurbing habit, with a few exceptions. (New Yorker)

Guernica interviews Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae as the press celebrates its fortieth year.

SheWired considers novelist Carson McCullers as part of an ongoing series devoted to memorable women.

Meanwhile, the New Criterion reacts to the new biography of Marianne Moore and the psychological trauma it exposes, which previous biographies glossed over. 

Throughout National Poetry Month, Renée Adams, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, continues to post poems on the outside of her fence for the benefit of passers-by, as she has for the past five years. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, Miami’s monthlong O, Miami poetry festival is emphasizing Spanish-language verse. (Knight Foundation)

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April 18, 2014 (All day)
Apple Loses Again in E-book Battle, Amazon Offers Buyouts to Warehouse Employees, and More
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 -
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Novelist Eleanor Catton on writing strategies; why science fiction should be taken seriously; from blog to book; 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 Tuesday, Apple lost yet another decision in the ongoing e-book price-fixing case, when federal judge Denise Cote dismissed a motion filed by the company last November which contended that the states did not have the power to collectively sue for damages. (Publishers Weekly)

Meanwhile, Amazon is offering warehouse employees who have been with the company for less than a year a rather underwhelming cash buyout of $2,000 each. (Melville House)

Novelist Eleanor Catton explains how note taking helped her to pen The Luminaries, the 834-page tome that earned her the Man Booker Prize. (Guardian)

NPR examines the specter of ghostwriting.

Fiction writer Jason K. Friedman investigates the online traces of his novel that was never published. (New York Times)

The Atlantic looks at the often underrated genre of science fiction.

Meanwhile, Cosmopolitan is looking for a fiction writer to contribute to its Bedroom Blog, a fictional sex and dating blog on the magazine's website, for one year.

Novelist Daniel Alarcón is one of several authors who will appear in Austin this Saturday at New Fiction Confab, a one-day event sponsored by donors of the city’s public libraries. (CultureMap Austin)

Electric Literature interviews author Paul Laudiero about the process of turning his blog, Shit Rough Drafts, into a book of the same name, which was released Tuesday by Chronicle Books.

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April 17, 2014 (All day)
Elmore Leonard’s Detroit, Lee Boudreaux Joins Little, Brown, and More
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 -
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Green Apple Books saves a San Francisco video store; revisiting the Salman Rushdie fatwa; modeling small businesses after independent booksellers; 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:

Lee Boudreaux, the current editorial director of the HarperCollins imprint Ecco, will launch her eponymous imprint with Little, Brown on September 2. (Publishers Weekly)

In the first installment of a weeklong series focused on Detroit, Grantland takes a look at the sound and the style of the city through the eyes of novelist Elmore Leonard.

In the process of opening a second location, San Francisco’s Green Apple Books, named Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, has also saved a thirty-four-year-old local video store. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Guardian recaps a recent Vanity Fair article in which British novelist Martin Amis discusses his argument with Prince Charles over the fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie in 1989.

Meanwhile, based on the American Library Association's lists of frequently banned and challenged books in the U.S., BuzzFeed asks readers to test the scandalousness of their reading histories

Author Marcus Burke outlines his shift from a life of basketball to a writing career. (Atlantic)

The Economist’s blog Babbage compares the process of creating paper books to e-book production and explains why e-books have a long way to go.

Flavorwire offers five reasons to model American small business after independent bookstores.

 

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April 16, 2014 (All day)

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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 -
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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.