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Bridging the Student-Mentor Gap

by Marwa Helal

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

The Bridge, an online forum launched by the literary nonprofit Brooklyn Poets, fosters connections between emerging and established writers, and provides a student-mentor alternative to the traditional MFA program. 

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Shenk Ascends Black Mountain

by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Joshua Wolf Shenk, the new executive director of the Black Mountain Institute (BMI)—an international literary center that supports writers whose work addresses political and cultural issues—discusses BMI’s role in the culture of creative writing and what he plans to bring to the organization.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Jonathan Franzen’s Purity and Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

 

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Literary MagNet

by Travis Kurowski

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue’s MagNet features Table Talk, Black Clock, Huizache, Bitter Oleander, and American Chordata.

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Searching Indie Bookstore Shelves

by Rachael Hanel

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Supporting local bookstores may have just gotten a little easier. A new digital tool called CityShelf allows users to search the shelves of independent bookstores in select cities throughout the country from their mobile devices. 

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The Written Image: The End of the Tour

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Iconic author David Foster Wallace is the subject of the recently released film The End of the Tour, in which actor Jason Segel stars as Wallace. The film is an adaptation of David Lipsky’s Of Course You End up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, which chronicles Lipsky and Wallace’s 1996 road trip during Wallace’s promotional tour for Infinite Jest.

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Agents & Editors: Dawn Davis

by Michael Szczerban

Feature

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Dawn Davis—vice president and publisher of 37 INK, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group—talks about editing Edward P. Jones, the lack of diversity in publishing, and what some of the most successful authors have in common.

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Degrees of Diversity: Talking Race and the MFA

by Sonya Larson

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA program—the first low-residency program in the country—is taking strides to address questions of diversity, having started a conversation among faculty and students about the intersection of race, culture, and craft in the MFA landscape. 

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Hong Kong MFA Program Closes

by Joanna Scutts

News and Trends

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Last month, the City University of Hong Kong’s highly respected MFA writing program abruptly shut down. Joanna Scutts investigates the program’s sudden closure, which has prompted protests and political speculations from students and faculty around the world.

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Reviewers & Critics: Isaac Fitzgerald of BuzzFeed Books

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 8.19.15

September/October 2015

Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of BuzzFeed Books, talks about the growth of the site’s book review section, what a typical day in the BuzzFeed office looks like, and how the Internet has changed the discourse around books.

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