Bookstore Owners Respond to President Obama, Twenty-Three Vital Poets, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.1.13

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:

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired McSweeney’s archive.

Canada’s Dundurn, a large independent publishing house, has purchased Thomas Allen Publishers. (National Post)

Ron Charles reports independent bookstore owners were not pleased with President Obama’s recent speech at an Amazon warehouse. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, author Ann Patchett—who co-owns Parnassus Books—stated in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that President Obama has done “nothing to curb Amazon’s looming monopoly.” (Shelf Awareness)

Simon & Shuster’s earnings rose in the second quarter. (Publishers Weekly)

In light of Patricia Lockwood’s Awl-published poem “Rape Joke” sweeping across the Internet this week, Jason Diamond lists twenty-three more writers who are keeping poetry vital. (Flavorwire)

In response to Donal Ryan’s forty-seven rejections before his Booker-nominated novel found a home, the New York Times’s Editorial Board offers its thoughts on a healthy and diverse publishing industry.

On the latest Other People podcast, Brad Listi speaks with first-time novelist Adelle Waldman.

Today is Herman Melville’s birthday, and a Moby-Dick marathon reading in Mystic, Connecticut, is ongoing—with a live video feed.

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by Kevin Larimer

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by Michael Szczerban

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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.


Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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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.