A Look at Banned Books, Leonard Cohen the Novelist, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.24.13

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:

For Banned Books Week, the Los Angeles Times created a gallery of banned and challenged books, including Ralph Ellison’s National Book Award-winning novel Invisible Man, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, GalleyCat gathered excerpts of the books that were most often challenged this year, including Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Forbes looks at how new digital tools are reinvigorating poetry.

Jason Diamond considers the merits of Beautiful Losers—a 1966 novel by famed songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. (Flavorwire)

Wallace Stevens wrote poetry on slips of paper while strolling to his office; Truman Capote refused to start or finish anything on a Friday—Maria Popova showcases these and other odd habits of writers at Brain Pickings.

Today is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday, and to mark the occasion, Byliner posted Fitzgerald’s 1920 story “Benediction.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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