State Investigation Orders Pablo Neruda Autopsy, Date Set for Donna Tartt's Third Novel, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.12.13

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:

Little, Brown will publish Donna Tartt's much-anticipated third novel, The Goldfinch, on October 22, 2013. Tartt's bestselling novel The Secret History was published in 1992, followed by The Little Friend, which appeared a decade later in 2002. (Vulture)

Chilean authorities have ordered the exhumation of Pablo Neruda to investigate the poet’s death. In recent years, allegations have surfaced that agents of the Pinochet regime injected Neruda with poison while he was hospitalized. (Harriet)

Emily Temple gathered seventeen essays by female writers everyone should read, including work by Adrienne Rich, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and Cheryl Strayed. (Flavorwire)

Bibliotherapists Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud detail how fiction can help combat depression. (Guardian)

The Millions compares cover designs between recent books published in the United States and United Kingdom.

Barry Schwabsky looks at the recent poetry of John Ashbery. (Hyperallergic)

On Dear Television, a feature of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Lili Loofbourow and Phil Maciak consider the literary influences on Lena Dunham's Girls.

Novelist Sam Lipsyte discusses the awkwardness of writing about sex. (New Republic)

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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

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.