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Considering the Value of a Book

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 2005

During a recent trip to New York City, Joseph Bednarik, the marketing director of Copper Canyon Press, noticed something while riding the subway that got him thinking about the ways in which poetry is distributed. 

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Amazon Starts Publishing Program

by Doug Diesenhaus

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 2005

In August, Amazon.com launched a program that offers customers short stories and essays in a digital format for forty-nine cents each.

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The Literature of War

by Joe Woodward

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 2005

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As long as there has been war, there have been writers trying to understand it, turning battlefield horrors into narrative, trying to make something useful out of its debris, but in recent months an unusually high number of soldier memoirs have been released by American publishers.

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The Written Image: Chip Kidd

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 2005

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Images from a new collection of graphic art by Chip Kidd, an associate art director at Knopf, who has designed nearly eight hundred book jackets for the publishing house during the last twenty years.

 

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Other Voices Books, Soho Press, Paris Press, Curbstone Press, Limberlost Press, Aralia Press, Ugly Ducking Presse, A Rest Press, and Atelos.

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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 11.1.05

November/December 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 Northwest, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Fence, Black Clock, Ninth Letter, and Eleven Eleven.

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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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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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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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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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