Philip Roth Remembers His Friend and Mentor, Dani Shapiro on Distraction, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.22.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Thanks in part to the American Booksellers Association, GalleyCat details how self-published authors can sell their books at independent bookstores.

Philip Roth remembers Dr. Bob Lowenstein—his friend, mentor, and Roth's homeroom teacher. (New York Times)

The Los Angeles Times remembers E. L. Konigsburg, author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Konigsburg died on Friday at age eighty-three.

“The Internet is the writer's crack cocaine. It just is.” Author Dani Shapiro discusses distraction.

Authorities in Canada have approved the Penguin and Random House merger. (Shelf Awareness)

World Book Night starts tomorrow!

A free, open-source online public library has launched—the Digital Public Library of America. (Publishing Perspectives)

Speaking of libraries, Flavorwire rounded up images of the wildest libraries on earth, including one in Thailand where children can sit and read in a giant bird cage.

Current Issue

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Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.