Claire Messud Educates Interviewer on Literature, HBO to Adapt Olive Kitteridge, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.2.13

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:

Claire Messud—who is profiled in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine—had choice words for a Publishers Weekly interviewer on the misguided notion that characters should be likable. (Salon)

Simon & Schuster's profits rose 20 percent in the first quarter, although there was a slight dip in sales. (Publishers Weekly)

GalleyCat reveals how many sold books land authors on the self-published bestseller list.

HBO intends to adapt Elizabeth Strout's bestselling novel Olive Kitteridge as a four-hour mini-series starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins, with Lisa Cholodenko at the helm. (Deadline)

In other Hollywood news, Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is reportedly being filmed this month in California. (Los Angeles Times)

Michelle Obama will sign her new book American Grown at Politics and Prose in our nation's capital.

The Telegraph takes a look at Sylvia Plath's last poem, written two weeks before her death.

Luci Tapahonso has been named the Navajo nation's first poet laureate. (Indian Country)

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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.