Nate Silver Wins, Literary Agent Wishlist, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.7.12

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:

With Obama's victory last night, the Los Angeles Times reports another winner was Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the election outcome. His 2012 book The Signal and the Noise immediately climbed Amazon's sales rankings.

In light of the election outcome, Maria Popova takes a close look at Henry Miller's prescient World War II-era essay, “Of Art and the Future,” which deliberates on "war, art, technology, the role of women in society, and mankind’s future." (Brain Pickings)

Along with literary scholars and scientists, the New York Times attended a Radcliffe Institute conference last week called Take Note, which focused on how we take notes as part of a larger exploration of reading and books.

Thomas Wolfe worked with Maxwell Perkins at Scribner, Franz Kafka had Max Brod—Flavorwire lists its favorite author/editor relationships.

James Franco has published a chapbook called Strongest of the Litter. (Harriet)

The San Francisco Weekly peruses the bestsellers at two loved bookstores—City Lights Books in its hometown, and New York City's McNally Jackson.

On her blog, literary agent Janet Reid posted a wishlist.

Book Riot discusses a handful of literary conversations they never want to have (again).

Current Issue

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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.