BookExpo America Live and Online, Improve Your Creative Routine, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.28.13

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:

Kobo reports its high-end e-reader, the Aura HD, which retails for almost two hundred dollars, now accounts for 27 percent of its device sales. (GigaOM)

BookExpo America is this week in New York City, and the Wall Street Journal reports that e-books will take center stage.

If you couldn’t make it to BookExpo America, you can witness the conversation between authors and book experts online. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, the Telegraph is live blogging the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in the United Kingdom.

For all of May, to celebrate Short Story Month, the Missouri Review asked readers and authors to share “a short story that demands to be read.” In today’s installment, You Are One of Them author Elliott Holt discusses Chekhov’s “The Lady With the Little Dog.”

Brain Pickings shares thoughts on how to improve your creative routine, including this quote by artist Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

The Atlantic explores why Sylvia Plath commands the public imagination.

From the department of interesting things found online, author John Hodgman posted this great photo of Mark Twain with Nikola Tesla.

And on Twitter, writer Levi Asher snapped a photo of a theater marquis for an imagined stage adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love—created for a new Michael Keaton film.

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by Kevin Larimer

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by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

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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.