Carolyn Kellogg Wants Off the Jane Austen Train, Macmillan Settles with DOJ, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.8.13

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:

Macmillan settled with the Department of Justice over e-book pricing. Apple is the last remaining company in the lawsuit. (paidContent)

Slate reports that less than a year before Aaron Swartz committed suicide, the beleaguered Internet activist focused his attention on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. (Claire Evans also detailed Swartz's interest in the novel for Vice's Motherboard).

Book critic Carolyn Kellogg has grown weary of the Jane Austen mill, including a new book that retells Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants. (Los Angeles Times)

A series of humorous vignettes Virginia Woolf created for her family will be published for the first time this summer. (Guardian)

"I need not tell you that I love you dearly, and am very, very sorry in my heart to part with you. But this life is half made up of partings, and these pains must be borne." Brain Pickings uncovers a letter from Charles Dickens to his son.

A library patron in New York recently returned an overdue book with a check for one hundred dollars—the book was checked out April 10, 1958. (Telegraph)

Today is Jules Verne's birthday. The author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was born on this day in 1828. (Melville House)

To mark the release of the newest book by David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life, Flavorwire rounded up ten life-saving titles.

Author Colin Dickey has been invited to take part in an expedition to the Arctic Circle, and has launched a Kickstarter to make it there.

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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

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Posted 10.15.14

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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.