Random House’s Record Profits, Teenage Photos of Famous Authors, and More

by Bryanna Tidmarsh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 3.26.13

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:

Flavorwire highlights photos of famous authors in their teenage years, including Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison, and Philip Roth. 

Actor Jim Carrey rejects mainstream publishing in favor of self-publishing his children’s book, How Roland Rolls. (The Guardian)

Executive director of Sydney Writers’ Festival Ben Strout gives the Sunday Morning Herald a sneak peek into the books that changed his life.

According to Tampa Bay Times’ Susan Thurston, Florida’s independent bookstore Inkwood Books has a new owner, saving it from rumors of closing.

Claiming that the French government is working to avoid the fate of many booksellers in the United States, French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has announced that a fund of five million euros (approximately $6.5 million) will be available to booksellers with financial difficulties in France. (The Bookseller)

Publishers Weekly reports that Random House profits have soared 75 percent thanks to the Fifty Shades triology.

Author John Geoghegan shares with the Huffington Post the history of book vending machines, which were first manufactured in London in 1822 and can now be found around the world. 

A new translation of Proust’s poetry, The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust—which includes a number of previously unpublished poems and was edited for Penguin Classics by Harold Augenbraum, who collaborated with twenty poets and translators—has been published today. (The Daily Beast)

Happy Birthday Robert Frost! The Huffington Post celebrates with some inspiring quotes from the poet.

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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.