Amazon Workers Plan Holiday Strike in Germany, Bloomberg Layoffs, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.19.13

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:

Workers in Germany are planning a holiday-season strike at Amazon’s fulfillment centers. (Shelf Awareness) 

Thin Reads editor Howard Polskin names the eight most influential players in the world of e-book singles, including Maris Kreizman, Evan Ratliff, and Laura Owen. (Huffington Post)

The Word of the Year 2013, chosen by Oxford Dictionaries, is “selfie.” OUP Blog asked several scholars to comment on the phenomenon, including José van Dijck, author of The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media.

Meanwhile, Julie Bosman reports Thomas Pynchon will not attend the National Book Awards, although his novel Bleeding Edge is one of this year’s finalists. The enigmatic author prefers not to be photographed. (New York Times)

Bloomberg laid off around fifty people yesterday, including Laurie Muchnick, who headed its books coverage, and is the current president of the National Book Critics Circle. (Talking Biz News)

Huffington Post discovered Kate Gavino’s Tumblr, Last Night’s Reading, which features drawings and quotes from literary events.

Jason Diamond lists fifteen great works of dystopian fiction to add to your reading list, including Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading. (Flavorwire)

Today marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. (Google Cultural Institute)

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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.