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Reviewers & Critics: Pamela Paul of the New York Times Book Review

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 4.13.16

May/June 2016

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul shares her insights on the ethical and practical challenges of being the head of the last of the stand-alone newspaper book review sections.

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Squirl App Maps Literary Hot Spots

by Rachael Hanel

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Complete with maps, relevant passages, summaries, and links to booksellers, a new app tracks the real-life places found in books, allowing readers to discover and interact with literature in a whole new way.

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Kimbilio Nurtures Black Writers

by Morgan Jerkins

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Now in its third year, the annual Kimbilio fiction writers retreat provides “an oasis, a sort of freeing space, where nobody has to apologize for being their black self or writing about black people.”

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Grin City Collective Shifts Focus

by Jonathan Vatner

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

A nonprofit in Iowa closes its residency program after ten years to focus more on public arts programming. Founder and former codirector Joe Lacina explains why.

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The Written Image: Memoranda

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Taking inspiration from Haruki Murakami’s short stories, a Vancouver-based game studio has created a point-and-click video game that allows players to live in a world created by words.

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Small Press Points: Brain Mill Press

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Green Bay, Wisconsin–based Brain Mill Press, a new house committed to publishing writers of color, LGBTQ writers, and women.

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A Residency of One’s Own: Navigating the Complicated Path to a Writers Retreat

by Melissa Scholes Young

Special Section

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

With some help from Virginia Woolf, an author and Bread Loaf Camargo fellow discusses the complicated decision to leave her family for a month in order to attend a retreat in Cassis, France, and the necessity of finding one’s own space to create.

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A Book Sanctuary in the Rockies

by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

Two Denver book lovers and sellers are constructing three massive land libraries in the Colorado Rockies that tell the story of the land through literature, education, and intellectual cross-pollination.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.16

March/April 2016

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 Maylis de Kerangal’s latest novel, The Heart, translated from the French by Sam Taylor, and A. Igoni Barrett’s debut novel, Blackass, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.

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Small Press Points: Forest Avenue Press

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 12.15.15

January/February 2016

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Portland, Oregon–based Forest Avenue Press, a boutique house that publishes just three titles per year, all focusing on “a desire to investigate a subject and to bear witness.”

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