Unfinished Truman Capote Manuscript Discovered, State of Affairs in Poetryland, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.15.12

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:

Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of Gone Girl, has contracted to write two new books of fiction for imprints of Random House, including a young-adult novel. (New York Times)

At Digital Book World, industry veteran Mike Shatzkin has two pieces of advice for publishers.

"In the end, I am happy to report that good sense prevailed and I abandoned the idea entirely." The Awl's Alex Balk discusses shelving his post-modern novel.

Quoting Dystel & Goderich literary agent Jim McCarthy, Techdirt looks at the evolving role an agent can play in the changing publishing landscape.

Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has written a screen adaptation of Billy Lynn’s novel, Long Halftime Walk, which was nominated for a National Book Award. The project is currently in development. (Hollywood Reporter)

Vanity Fair discovered an unfinished Truman Capote manuscript at the New York Public Library.

The latest edition of Other People with Brad Listi features author T. Coraghessan Boyle.

For Best American Poetry's blog, Jordan Davis, poetry editor of The Nation, surveys "the state of affairs in Poetryland."

"In a piece of writing that had you intrigued from the very first clause, a second-person narrative you are reading right at this very moment is absolutely captivating you, sources reported." (Onion)

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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.