Barnes & Noble Nook Revenues Down 26 Percent, Curtis Brown Merger, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.28.13

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:

Barnes & Noble reported its Nook revenues are down 26 percent. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble announced it has no intention of accelerating store closings. (Publishers Weekly)

United Kingdom-based literary agencies Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh have merged. (Bookseller)

NPR looks at portraits of several modern American poets, including Marianne Moore, and Langston Hughes.

Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow was published forty years ago today. (Barnes & Noble Review)

Using tools to measure linguistic evolution, geneticists estimated the compilation date of the Iliad as 762 B.C. (Scientific American)

Emily Temple lists ten books to read in March, including Anne Carson's Red Doc>, and Speedboat by Renata Adler. (Flavorwire)

Author and writing instructor Edan Lepucki gathered the thoughts on first drafts from several novelists, including Emma Straub, Ben Fountain, and Emily St. John Mandel. (Millions)

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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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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by Kevin Larimer

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by Michael Szczerban

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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.