Zora Neale Hurston the Detective, Leonardo DiCaprio the Devil, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.2.10

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:

A literary agent introduces Zora Neale Hurston, girl detective. (New York Times)

Teenagers are still reading for pleasure, or so says a researcher at the University of Maryland. (Washington Post)

An interview with the Paris Review's Lorin Stein: "Everyone says editing kills you as a writer, but even here there are counterexamples. There seems to be no profession that can kill the spark, except maybe writing for the movies or teaching creative writing–and yet many writers do these things and muddle through." (Sampsonia Way)

Should e-books have ISBN numbers? (Publishing Perspectives)

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in an adaptation of Erik Larson's book The Devil in the City, which spent three years on the New York Times best-seller list and has sold 2.3 million copies. (Yahoo)

Salon's Laura Miller takes a look at how classic literary characters would have adapted to the digital age.

The World Series ended last night when the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers in Game 5. If you didn't get enough of the action, check out the sketches by Dave Eggers at the Bay Citizen.

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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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.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

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Posted 10.15.14

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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.

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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.

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