Microsoft Considers Purchase of Nook Media, Great American Woman's Novel, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.9.13

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:

Microsoft is considering purchasing Nook Media LLC for one billion dollars, which caused Barnes & Noble's stock to jump in early morning trading. (TechCrunch)

Temp workers who have staffed Amazon warehouses have filed a class-action suit for unpaid wages. (Melville House)

The New York Times considers how film producer Harvey Weinstein will entice potential viewers of Salinger, Shane Salerno's documentary about the reclusive author, in theaters this September. (New York Times)

Elissa Bassist satirizes the recent Wikipedia scandal and details her plans for the next great American woman's novel. (Jezebel)

Meanwhile, for McSweeney's, author Jessica Francis Kane shares advice on throwing a “genre-reveal party,” if you're happily expecting a new book.

Alexander Nazaryan reports on the growing publishing trend of celebrity imprints. (New Republic)

Brandon Zarzyczny remembers his late father Craig, an avid reader who documented over ten thousand books he'd read in the last two decades. (Huffington Post)

An abandoned building in Camden, New Jersey, is now a canvas for a Sonia Sanchez poem. (NewsWorks)

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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.