Malala Yousafzai’s $3 Million Memoir Deal, Ten Trendy Librarians, and More

by Bryanna Tidmarsh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.28.13

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:

Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousafzai received a reported $3 million advance from publisher Weidenfeld & Nicholson for her forthcoming memoir, I Am Malala, to be released this fall. (NBC News) 

Authors such as Tayari Jones, Jon Clinch, and Carolyn Parkhurst share their strangest interactions with readers. (Huffington Post)

According to the New York Times, William Faulkner’s Nobel medal and diploma, as well as hand-corrected manuscripts, letters, and a recently discovered thirteen-page fiction exercise, will be auctioned in June.

Bookstore chain Books-A-Million reports a $2.5 million profit for 2012 thanks to blockbusters series such as Hunger Games and Fifty Shades, but CEO Terry Finley tells Publishers Weekly that profits may slow down for 2013.

Starting Tuesday, Penguin will remove its six-month e-book delay for libraries, allowing them to lend Penguin Group e-books as soon as the hardcover is released. (Huffington Post)

Flavorwire’s Emily Temple profiles ten trendy librarians who counter the profession’s stereotype to promote books and become agents of social change.

A book-loving couple got engaged at the Chicago Public Library last weekend. (Mediabistro)

According to the American Language Association, Chicago’s Readers Theatre is encouraging the relationship between children and literature by pairing them on stage, helping children develop public-speaking and teamwork skills while staging literature readings.

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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.