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Catching Up With...Pulitzer Prize Winner Jhumpa Lahiri

by Matthew Solan

Feature

Posted 9.1.03

September/October 2003

In her Pulitzer Prize–winning first book, The Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri explores the struggle of first- and second-generation Indian Americans bridging the gap between the country they call home and the heritage that defines them. Her much-anticipated first novel, The Namesake, explores a similar theme.

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Critics on Reviews

by Mary Gannon

Feature

Posted 9.1.03

September/October 2003

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Reviewers are accused of having agendas and of cronyism, are called show-offs and career-killers. It's a lot of heat to take for some free books, a few bucks, and a byline.

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Watch Out: Seajay Launches BTWOF

by Courtney E. Martin

News and Trends

Posted 9.1.03

September/October 2003

Carol Seajay, former publisher of Feminist Bookstore News, a San Francisco–based magazine that covered the feminist, gay, and lesbian book industry until folding in 2000, recently launched Books to Watch Out For, a series of monthly e-mail newsletters featuring reviews of gay and lesbian books. 

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A Sorcery of Circuitry: Behind the Screens of Online Magazines

by Katherine Swiggart

The Practical Writer

Posted 9.1.03

September/October 2003

As more and more literary journals develop online counterparts to enhance, complement, and extend the presence of their print editions, editors—despite their love of the physical object—are finding new was to take advantage of the cost-effective and virtually boundless medium.

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Mr. Wolfe, You Can Go Home Again

by Suzanne Pettypiece

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 2003

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Five years ago, in the early morning of July 24, 1998, Thomas Wolfe’s childhood home in Asheville, North Carolina, was nearly destroyed by fire. Since then, conservation specialists and staff at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial have worked to reconstruct the museum and hope to reopen it this fall.

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Editors on Reviews

by Jane Ciabattari

Feature

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 2003

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Book review editors—those powerful yet inundated tastemakers who choose from the more than 130,000 new books published each year the mere shelfful that are reviewed—get used to (and bored with) having nasty motives ascribed to them. This second installment of a three-part series on book reviews examines the subject at hand from the perspective of the assigning editors, who would like to set the record straight.

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New Leaders for Literary Nonprofits

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 2003

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mong organizations hit hardest during the post-9/11 era, in which funding for the arts has been sharply curtailed, literary nonprofits are struggling to simultaneously serve their missions and remain solvent. Despite the economic downturn, two nonprofit organizations—Milkweed Editions, a small press based in Minneapolis, and the St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York City—have maintained financial stability, but more challenges lie ahead: The directors of both organizations, Emilie Buchwald and Ed Friedman, recently retired. 

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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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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 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 the Believer, Partisan Review, Mid-American Review, the Paris Review, One Story, 32 Poems Magazine, and Tin House

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The Dorothy Parker Book Battle

by Suzanne Pettypiece

News and Trends

Posted 7.1.03

July/August 2003

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On April 4, United States District Court Judge John F. Keenan ruled in favor of Stuart Y. Silverstein in a plagiarism suit he filed against Penguin Putnam in 2001. Silverstein, who compiled Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker (Scribner, 1996), claimed in his lawsuit that Penguin infringed on his copyright by publishing Dorothy Parker: Complete Poems, which includes a section titled “Poems Uncollected by Parker,” the identical poems published in Not Much Fun.

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