Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Buys Washington Post, Insider Account of Franzen Versus Oprah, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.6.13

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:

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has purchased the venerable Washington Post.

The New Yorker’s David Remnick considers the reasons Donald Graham decided to sell the Washington Post—the newspaper has been owned by the Graham family for eighty years.

“We…declined to run the story of the awards on the grounds that we were a small magazine trying to establish a feisty, pugnacious identity, and being a corporate suckup toady lickspittle didn’t fit in with our plans.” Gene Weingarten pens an open letter to Jeff Bezos. (Washington Post)

Elmore Leonard is recuperating in a Detroit hospital after suffering a stroke. (Detroit News)

Hector Tobar reports on a riff between big publishers and public libraries over e-books. (Los Angeles Times)

Flavorwire rounds up twenty-five must-read literary websites.

Boris Kachka provides an insider's view of the Jonathan Franzen versus Oprah’s Book Club dustup of 2001. (Slate)

The Guardian explores the realm of author-driven book publicity.

Current Issue

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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.