Charlie Rose Speaks With Novelist Donna Tartt, Poetic Kitsch, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.14.13

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:

According to Bowker, self-published books with ISBNs rose 59 percent last year, with Amazon’s CreateSpace, Smashwords, and Lulu leading the pack. (GalleyCat)

Books-A-Million stores in South Portland, Maine, and Birmingham, Alabama, will offer the first full-color Espresso Book Machines. These print-on-demand machines create and bind books in minutes, and are now in over fifty bookstores and libraries around the world. (Shelf Awareness)

“Publishing is actually too small and e-books too marginal to early adopters for Apple, Google, or Facebook…to care.” Andrew Rhomberg shares his thoughts on the big publishing houses and the need for start-ups. (Digital Book World)

Author Dani Shapiro lists seven places where our personal heartache hides: “When I sit down with my notebook, when I start scribbling words across the page, I find out what I’m feeling.” (Huffington Post)

In an essay for Poetry, Daniel Tiffany explores the uses and pitfalls of poetic kitsch.

If you are in New York City this afternoon, a public tribute to the late Lou Reed will take place at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center. (New York Times)

On CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with novelist Donna Tartt about her influences and inspiration.

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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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