Ways to Share Books With Troops, Exodus at Granta, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.24.13

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:

For Memorial Day, GalleyCat delivers five ways of sharing books and e-books with our men and women in the armed services.

The Los Angeles Times reports that brick-and-mortar bookstores saw a dramatic increase in foot traffic in the first quarter of 2013, including Barnes & Noble.

The board of directors of News Corp. approved the division of the media giant. The split will occur June 28, making 21st Century Fox and News Corp separate publicly traded companies.

The Guardian has more on the staff exodus at Granta.

Brain Pickings showcases the favorite books of one hundred and twenty-five writers. (Spoiler: Faulkner beats Hemingway.)

For the beginning of summer, Flavorwire offers twenty smart books for the beach.

Boing Boing features literary critic Edmund Wilson's form rejection letter.

Meanwhile, in an essay concerning posthumous publishing against an author's wishes, Roxana Robinson asks, “Should we be deprived of Edmund Wilson’s private diaries simply because they reveal his shoe fetishism?” (New Yorker)

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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.

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.