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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Evening Ferry by Katherine Towler and Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio.

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Myths We Live By, But Shouldn't: A Writer's Guide to Reality

by David Galef

The Practical Writer

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

Perhaps because many writers and their adherents are poorly paid and often go unrecognized, they cultivate a variety of myths—some about the creative process, others about the profession itself—to justify what they do, to cheer themselves up, to inhabit a mystique.

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features McSweeney’s Books, Believer Books, Tell Tale Press, and Wings Press.

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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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The Contester: Who's Doing What to Keep Them Clean

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

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Unfortunately, these days it is not the quality of the award-winning writing that gets people talking; it is the way in which contests are run and the manner in which winners are chosen—or not chosen, as the case may be—that attract attention.

 

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Amazon Expands Search Function

by Doug Diesenhaus

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

In case anyone was wondering, the four most frequently used words in T.S. Eliot’s 1943 collection Four Quartets are “time,” “past,” “fire,” and “end.” It is this kind of information that can be found by using one of several new features recently added to Amazon.com’s “Search Inside the Book” function, launched in October 2003. 

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Q&A: C. Michael Curtis's Fiction Issues

by Timothy Schaffert

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.05

July/August 2005

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C. Michael Curtis, a senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly, who is known not only for selecting award-winning short stories but also for his considerate and sensible letters of rejection to the thousands of submissions he’s read over the years, spoke about the magazine’s new approach to publishing fiction.

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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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The End of the Story

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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To those who knew him through his work—and, if we are to believe the many tributes published in the past two months, to those who knew him intimately as well—Thompson was a strange and lovely amalgamation.

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Filling the Best Seats in the House

by Anna Mantzaris

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Thanks to a growing trend in grassroots marketing and publicity, writers in the San Francisco Bay area are reading to packed houses—literally. 

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