Jessica Grose on Janet Malcolm's Latest, Hemingway's Reading List, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.29.13

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:

Author Jessica Grose gleans advice from Janet Malcolm’s new book, Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, including: “Don’t be afraid to start later in life.” (Co.Create)

Macmillan is launching a new division headed by Bob Miller that will publish about three nonfiction titles each month beginning in 2015. Miller is an eighteen-year veteran of Disney, where he launched Hyperion. He later worked for HarperCollins and Workman Publishing. (Shelf Awareness)

Penguin has built two colorful mobile bookstores on wheels—a truck and pushcart. (New York Business Journal)

With college graduations taking place across the country, the New York Daily News excerpted recent commencement addresses by Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, and Jonathan Safran Foer.

In case a commencement speech is in your future, novelist Nichole Bernier gathers tips for reading on stage from several authors and veterans of the podium, including J. Courtney Sullivan, Chris Bohjalian, Cheryl Strayed, and Alexander Chee. (Huffington Post)

Arising from the Cannes Film Festival, the Weinstein Company has acquired Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adaptation of Reif Larsen's best-selling novel The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet. The film is titled The Young And Prodigious Spivet, and stars Helena Bonham Carter, Kyle Catlett, Kathy Bates, and Judy Davis. (Playlist)

On her blog, author and editor Roxane Gay shares ideas about how writers can best publicize their work.

Volume 1 Brooklyn reports the new website, What Jane Saw, is worth a visit. The site recreates an influential 1813 London art exhibit that scholars believe Jane Austen attended.

Open Culture found a reading list Ernest Hemingway created for a novice writer in 1934.

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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

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.