Literary Items Big Sellers at Sotheby’s, Donald Hall’s Beards, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.13.13

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:

Publishers Weekly has the latest on the DOJ price-fixing trial against Apple.

Two publishers, HarperCollins and Pearson, are shuttering divisions based in New Zealand. (Shelf Awareness)

Eva and Joseph Shapiro examine the reasons creative writing is flourishing in public schools. (NPR)

Carolyn Kellogg reports Sotheby’s held a hugely successful auction of literary items, with work by David Foster Wallace and others fetching high dollars. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, a first edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four sold for thirty thousand dollars.

Venerable poet Donald Hall casts his mature gaze over a life of love and loss (and a long beard). (New Yorker)

The Atlantic Wire takes a look at the newsletter of Brooklyn's famed Park Slope Food Coop. Its latest issue features book and film critic A. O. Scott.

In odd news, Colombian poet Raffael Medina Brochero intends to sell his testicles to fund a “poetry for peace” tour of Europe. (Columbia Reports)

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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.