Modeling for Seven Hundred Jane Austen Fans, Thirteen-Dollar E-Reader, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.11.12

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:

The Authors Guild lawsuit against Google took a blow—a New York judge ruled that libraries that offered books for scanning are protected by copyright's fair use doctrine. (Ars Technica)

In light of this morning's announcement that Mo Yan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the New Yorker revisits the late John Updike's take on the Chinese novelist.

And with international authors in the news, the Atlantic Wire offers a skewed map of the world—based on book publishing.

Carolyn Kellogg has the skinny on Amazon's new feature: Author Rank. (Los Angeles Times)

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey has been assigned a screenwriter, and it's not Bret Easton Ellis. (New York Observer)

Txtr, an electronics company in Germany, has unveiled a new e-reader called the Beagle, with a price tag of thirteen dollars. (Huffington Post)

Sarah Marian Seltzer describes the experience of modeling for seven hundred Jane Austen enthusiasts at the recent Jane Austen Society gathering in New York City. (Hairpin)

With Halloween approaching, GalleyCat rounded up a selection of favorite literary costumes.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

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.