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Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour, Part 1: Postcard From Boston

by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott

Postcard

Online Only, posted 5.9.06

This is the first installment in a series of Postcards written by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott, coauthors of Which Brings Me to You (Algonquin Books, 2006), while on tour to promote their book.

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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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The Literature of Lies

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

Sadly, recent revelations are forcing readers—confronted by a brand-new band of literary scallywags, hucksters, and hoaxers—to reconsider the veracity of the story as well as that of the storyteller.

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The Contester: The Collapse of Neil Azevedo's Zoo

by Thomas Hopkins

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

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Two years after the failure of Zoo Press's fiction contests in 2004, founder Neil Azevedo responds about more controversy surrounding its poetry contests.

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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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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

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 One Less Magazine, the Women's Review of Books, Cream City Review, Global City Review, Bat City Review, Backwards City Review, and Poetry.

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The Law of Diminishing Readership

by Joseph Bednarik

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

As marketing director of Copper Canyon Press, the thirty-four-year-old independent publisher of poetry in Port Townsend, Washington, I am required to read a lot. While most of the titles on my reading list are poetry collections, I recently read two nonfiction texts that got me thinking about the "economics" of creative writing.

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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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The Joy of Collaboration: A Ten-Point I-Told-You-So Guide

by Steve Almond

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.06

May/June 2006

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One afternoon in March 2003, I received an unexpected phone call from writer Julianna Baggott. "I've got a crazy idea," she told me. "It's so crazy, I feel a little nervous even bringing it up."

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