Apple Loses DOJ E-Book Price-Fixing Case, Harper Lee Lawsuit, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.10.13

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:

Today, Judge Denise Cote ruled Apple and five major publishers colluded to fix e-book prices. (Publishers Weekly)

New York magazine contributing editor Boris Kachka weighs in on the Penguin Random House merger. (New York Times)

Protests occurred in a Detroit school district after thousands of black history books were accidentally discarded. (Atlantic Wire)

Shelf Awareness has an update on reclusive author Harper Lee’s lawsuit against her former agent.

Writing is a craft. Storytelling is an art. And publishing is a business.” On his blog, Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig offers advice to writers navigating the marketplace.

The Millions gathered nine scholars to discuss the great American novel, including the work of Ralph Ellison, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton.

Brain Pickings features a rare BBC recording of Sylvia Plath reading “Tulips” in 1961.

Goodreads crunched its numbers and created a chart illustrating when readers put down a book. (Los Angeles Times)

On the fiftieth anniversary of its American publication, Ruth Graham looks at John Cleland’s Fanny Hill—the scandalous 1748 novel that challenged censorship laws. (Boston Globe)

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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.


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.