Lena Dunham's 3.7 Million Dollar Book Deal, National Storytelling Festival, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.9.12

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:

After a vigorous bidding war, HBO's Girls creator Lena Dunham's first collection of essays sold to Random House for a reported 3.7 million dollars. (New York Daily News)

Tin House editor Rob Spillman explains why Dunham's big score is not good for the publishing industry. (Salon)

Meanwhile, Slate's Alyssa Rosenberg writes that Dunham's new book is worth every dollar.

Gillian Flynn's third novel, Gone Girl, has sold over 1.5 million copies. (USA Today)

"It isn’t exactly like you’re being offered a night featuring Thomas Pynchon showing slideshows of his summer vacation with Bigfoot alongside the ghost of J.D. Salinger." Jason Diamond reports on attending a sold out reading by Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City, replete with scalpers, bickering, and line cutters. (Capital New York)

The Paris Review has launched an App.

For NPR, Missy Shelton attended the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee.

The University of Missouri changed its decision to shutter the University of Missouri Press, and has rehired the publishing house's longtime editor, Clair Willcox. (New York Times)

For the conclusion of Banned Books Month, author Je Banach has the final word. (PEN American)

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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

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Posted 10.15.14

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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.