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I Wasn't Born Yesterday: The Beauty of Backstory

by Eleanor Henderson

The Literary Life

Posted 8.31.13

September/October 2013

Novelist Eleanor Henderson discusses the beauty and necessity of backstory in fiction, offering a counterpoint to a previously published article in which novelist Benjamin Percy warned writers about the dangers of backstory.

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The Written Image: Raven Girl

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

Audrey Niffenegger's new illustrated fairy tale for adults features original aquatint illustrations, all etched and painted by the author. 

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Q&A: Pamela Paul's New Book Review

by Kevin Nance

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

Pamela Paul, the new editor of the New York Times Book Review, discusses her job and the current climate of literary criticism. 

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Small Press Points

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Off the Grid Press, which publishes books exclusively by poets over the age of sixty.

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Lit Mag Helps Newtown Heal

by Kevin Nance

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

The Newtowner, an arts and literary quarterly based in Newtown, Connecticut, published a tribute issue in an effort to help its hometown heal after the shooting at Sand Hook Elementary School.

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

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 David Gilbert's & Sons and Lindsay Hunter's Don't Kiss Me, 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 7.1.13

July/August 2013

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 MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Tin House, Bellevue Literary Review, and Harvard Review. 

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Digital Digest: The Link From Online to Real Life

by Adrian Versteegh

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

New online platforms like Hostr are bridging the gap between virtual and in-real-life communities. 

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Agents & Editors: Eric Simonoff

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

A heavy-hitting agent who for twenty-two years has represented some of the biggest literary writers in the country, Eric Simonoff discusses recent changes in the publishing industry, the pitfalls of self-publishing, and what he's learned about staying creative.

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The Poetry Pilgrim Presses On

by Carrie Neill

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.13

July/August 2013

Poet Crystal Hoffman sets out on a pilgrimage across the country to write a collection of poetry and essays based on the narratives of people she meets along the way. And she’s doing it all on foot. 

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