Top Nonfiction Books This Year, Ask Zadie Smith, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.5.13

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:

Amazon launched Kindle Singles in Germany. (Shelf Awareness)

Elon Green recounts a historic shakeup at the New Yorker in the 1980s, and the famous letter of opposition to its newly appointed editor signed by Janet Malcolm, J. D. Salinger, Calvin Trillin, and many others. (Awl)

Jason Diamond lists this year’s ten best books of nonfiction, including Rosie Schaap’s Drinking With Men, and Scott McClanahan’s Crapalachia. (Flavorwire)

Meanwhile, the Toast offers the ten writers you’ll most resent in 2013.

The NY Book Editors blog created a map to find your way around writer’s block.

Brain Pickings showcases a recording of actor James Earl Jones reading Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”

Joel Lovell looks at the life and work of the late David Rakoff, and the making of his last book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, which will be published this month. (New York Times)

Chloe Schama says the trailer for the Shane Salerno Salinger documentary is “phony and ridiculous.” (New Republic)

Novelist Zadie Smith answered questions from fans this morning on Twitter.

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.

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.


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.