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The Perils of Writing Close to Home: Truth vs. Fiction

by Ginger Strand

The Literary Life

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

At no time on my book tour did I jump up and down, wave my fists, and scream, “It’s a novel! That means fiction!” At least I don’t think I did. It’s hard to be sure, because, in my head, I had that tantrum about three times daily as I traveled from town to town in southern Michigan, reading, signing books, and attending the Ann Arbor Book Festival. You see, my novel, Flight, was set in that region, where I had lived during my high school and college years.

 

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Waywiser Press: The Small British Press That Publishes Big American Poets

by Steve Kronen

Special Section

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

During the last three years, some of America’s most respected poets—Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and the late Anthony Hecht, among others—have published British editions of their books with Waywiser Press, a virtually unknown publisher based in London. 

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The Contester: One Editor's Take on Clean Competition

by Martin Lammon

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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Much has been written about some judges rewarding friends and former students, and I worry that a few questionable practices have detracted from the hundreds of contests that bring recognition to so many well-deserving writers. Nevertheless, there are steps that all of us—editors, judges, and writers—can take to help keep contests clean.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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 Verb, the Relay Project, From the Fishouse, Sonora Review, Bridge, Columbia, Failbetter, and Versal. 

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Echoes of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"

by Arlene McKanic

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

Fifty years later, a number of organizations are planning special events on October 7 to commemorate the anniversary of Ginsberg's legendary reading.

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The Status of a Classic

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

This month the Library of America, the nonprofit publisher founded in 1979 to “preserve our nation’s literary heritage,” will release the first two installments of a planned eight-volume edition of Philip Roth’s collected fiction.

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Q&A: The Real Life of Philip Gourevitch

by Timothy Schaffert

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

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From the Paris Review’s new offices in lower Manhattan, Philip Gourevitch spoke about the past and future of what Time called “the biggest ‘little magazine’ in history.”

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.05

September/October 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Water’s Leaves and Other Poems by Geoffrey Nutter and Pieces of Air in the Epic by Brenda Hillman.

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No Translation Takers

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

Despite a $10,000 incentive from the Association of American Publishers to United States publishers willing to translate, publish, and promote contemporary Iranian fiction, no commercial houses have come forward since the initiative was announced in late 2004.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

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 Poetry, the Southern Review, Swivel: The Nexus of Women and Wit, 6x6, Ninth Letter, and Black Clock

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