Saving Venice's Bookshops, Ben Dolnick's Writing Tricks, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.18.13

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:

Los Angeles poet laureate Eloise Klein Healy is recovering from a medical issue and has canceled all upcoming events. (GalleyCat)

There's a free app to help navigate the massive Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend on the campus of USC.

Authors in Venice, Italy, have mobilized to save the city's bookshops. (Bookseller)

Novelist Ben Dolnick reveals the writing tricks he's used and ones he's discarded: “I’ve sold all but one of my microphones, put away my mini-notebooks, stopped scouring the Internet for scraps of wisdom.” (New York Times)

Emily O’Neill tallies the cost of this year's submission fees, contests, and writing workshops. (Billfold)

Faber announced its new immersive e-book of The Thirty-Nine Steps breaks new ground in the medium. The famous thriller by Scottish novelist John Buchan was first published as a serial in 1915. (Guardian)

For her premiere craft blog post, Graywolf Press publisher Fiona McCrae discusses first pages: “Bad opening pages are all alike…too many adjectives, clunky sentences, and clichés combine to create insurmountable dullness.”

The Financial Times looks at Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir by Greg Bellow, out next week from Bloomsbury.

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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.