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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 2003

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and Big Back Yard by Michael Teig

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An Interview With Poet Mark Doty

by Jaclyn Friedman

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 5.23.03

Mark Doty's work has always straddled the line between a sense of belonging and alienation, so it's no surprise to find the crucial question, Where do I live? at the heart of his forthcoming book

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The Door of the Soul: Postcard From Tuscia

by Linda Lappin

Postcard

Online Only, posted 5.23.03

D.H. Lawrence returned to Italy in 1927 after a soul-searching journey through Mexico, the American Southwest, Ceylon, Australia, and New Zealand. Gravely ill with tuberculosis, unaware of how little time he had left (he died three years later at the age of 44), Lawrence sought an ideal land where he might flourish as a "whole man alive" and find an antidote for the alienation of industrialized society.

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Celebrating Niedecker's Centennial

by Robyn Schiff

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

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This year marks the centennial of Niedecker's birth. To celebrate, libraries and bookstores in her home state are planning a series of events that will draw poets, scholars, and readers to the places that inspired and influenced her poetry.

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UN Establishes Literacy Decade

by Dalia Sofer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

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The UN has declared the next ten years the UN Literacy Decade. During this period the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization will initiate its "International Plan of Action," designed to mobilize national governments, public and private organizations, universities, and local communities to create literacy programs, research who will most benefit from such programs, and find ways to monitor their success so that they can be improved upon and replicated elsewhere.

 

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

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 Maize, Our Time Is Now, UR-VOX, Smartish Pace, and the Beloit Poetry Journal.

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Tasini Quits NWU for Global Coalition

by Joy Jacobson

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

Last month Jonathan Tasini, who is recognizable to most writers due to his association with the high-profile lawsuit against the New York Times, resigned as president of the National Writers Union, an advocacy group for freelance writers and is now heading the Creators Federation, an international coalition of writers and artists working in all media and the organizations that represent them.

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Remembering Amanda Davis

by Heidi Julavits

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

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Amanda Davis, author of the short story collection Circling the Drain and cornerstone presence to many in and beyond the literary world, died in a plane crash on March 15, 2003, while on tour promoting her first novel, Wonder When You'll Miss Me.

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A First-Timer Reveals How It Feels

by Steve Almond

Special Section

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

Last April (the 22nd, to be exact), I received an advance copy of the New York Times review of my debut story collection. The piece, which appeared in the Sunday Book Review, began as follows: "There's a postadolescent period many of us would rather forget: that summer or decade when we have no idea what we're doing. Days are measured in beer, TV and dead-end jobs. It is a dull time to live through, and duller still to read about. "Which doesn't stop young writers from writing about it."

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How Lucky Can You Get?: What Can Happen After You Sign a Contract

by M.J. Rose

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.03

May/June 2003

Should an author simply count herself lucky to have landed a book deal, or should she fight for what she wants during the various stages of publishing it—the editing process, cover design, and promotion? Before deciding, it's important to understand what obstacles might stand in the way before encountering them and what to expect from all the effort.

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