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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

This installment of Page One features excerpts from A Strange Commonplace by Gilbert Sorrentino, Genealogy by Maud Casey, and Visigoth by Gary Amdahl.

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More to the Story: A.M. Homes

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

For this inaugural installment of More to the Story—an occasional feature in which we ask authors to list the movies, music, artwork, and books that inspired them during the course of writing their new books—we asked A.M. Homes about her fifth novel,This Book Will Save Your Life, which was published by Viking last month.

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Improvisers and Revisers: An Experiment in Spontaneity

by Ken Gordon

The Literary Life

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

It took a long time to write these words. I'm not referring to the psychosomatic affliction known as writer's block. I mean the delays caused by the process of composition and revision.

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Q&A: Scott Hoffman's Reasons to Rep

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

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At the end of Folio Literary Management's second month in operation, Scott Hoffman, who represents writers of fiction and nonfiction and receives between two hundred and five hundred queries a week, spoke about the role of agents in today's publishing marketplace.

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Shakespeare Has Left the Building: Postcard From Philadelphia

by Jen A. Miller

Postcard

Online Only, posted 4.20.06

On April 14 hundreds of scholars gathered in the Millennium Hall of the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia for the second day of the thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, a nonprofit, academic organization devoted to the study of William Shakespeare and his plays and poems.

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An Interview With Poet Bill Manhire

by Nick Twemlow

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 4.6.06

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Bill Manhire is one of New Zealand’s most visible writers and certainly its most visible poet. The country’s inaugural poet laureate, Manhire is the author of more than ten books of poems, including Lifted, recently published by his long-time New Zealand publisher, Victoria University Press.

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An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer William T. Vollmann

by Ben Bush

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 3.30.06

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The author of fifteen books, including eight novels, three short story collections, a memoir, and a ten-volume treatise on the nature and ethics of violence, William T. Vollmann is often associated with his most controversial subjects—crack and prostitution among them. He is also characterized by a few signature stunts, such as firing a pistol during his readings and kidnapping a girl who had been sold into prostitution and turning her over to a relief agency while writing an article for Spin magazine.

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Jack Gilbert and E. L. Doctorow Among NBCC Winners: Postcard From New York City

by Doug Diesenhaus

Postcard

Online Only, posted 3.7.06

On a frigid night in early March, a well-dressed crowd of around five hundred people piled into the New School’s Tishman Auditorium to witness the announcement of the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The membership organization of seven hundred critics and reviewers, founded in 1974, bestows awards annually for poetry, fiction, biography, general nonfiction, and criticism. This year, for the first time, autobiography (or memoir), was added as a separate category—an interesting distinction at a time when the controversy over the genre has dominated literary news.

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NEA Responds to "Reading at Risk"

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

In response to its 2004 report "Reading at Risk," which found that significantly fewer people read serious literature now than in years past, the National Endowment for the Arts recently launched an ambitious program designed to reverse the trend.

 

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The Written Image: "Categories"

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.06

March/April 2006

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In an effort to promote scientific literacy, foster an appreciation of the humanities, and encourage readers to make "informed and imaginative connections" between the sciences and the arts, New York City–based Vernacular Press recently launched a series of books titled "Categories."

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