Daily News from Poets & Writers

Literary Agent Battles Online Criticism In Court

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.2.08

Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined representatives for Wikipedia in a New Jersey court on Tuesday to fight for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by literary agent Barbara Bauer, the New Jersey Star-Ledger recently reported. Bauer sued Wikimedia, the online encyclopedia's parent company; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Web site; and nineteen bloggers and Web site administrators who have posted disparaging comments about Bauer on sites such as AbsoluteWrite.com and YouTube.

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NPR Expands Book Coverage Online

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.1.08

In a refreshing twist on the continuing trend of dwindling book coverage, a national media outlet has actually expanded its literary presence online, Publishers Weekly reported yesterday. National Public Radio recently increased the number of weekly book reviews and other features on its Web site at NPR.org, hiring six new book reviewers, including Bookslut.com's Jessa Crispin and former National Book Critics Circle president John Freeman.

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Margaret Atwood Wins Prince of Asturias Prize for Lifetime Achievement

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.27.08

Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood was recently named the winner of Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters, which carries a prize of 50,000 euros (approximately $77,750), in recognition of the author's outstanding literary achievement and contribution to the arts.

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First Edition of Jane Austen Novel Sets World Record at Auction

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.26.08

A first edition of Jane Austen's novel Emma, published in 1816, was recently sold for the record-breaking sum of £180,000 (approximately $354,095) at a London auction. 

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Thirty-Six Musicians Reimagine Poems of James Joyce

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.25.08

James Joyce's 1907 collection of poems, Chamber Music, has been interpreted into song by thirty-six musicians—Peter Buck of R.E.M., Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and songwriter Jessica Bailiff among them. In 2003, producer James Nichols began assembing artists who, according to UK label Fire Records, have been "influenced (however loosely) by Joyce's style" and asked them to create songs that retain the poems' language.

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Muslim Council of Britain Criticises Comments by Ian McEwan

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.24.08

British novelist Ian McEwan, whose tenth novel On Chesil Beach was published by Anchor Books earlier this month, has drawn sharp criticism from the Muslim Council of Britain for comments he made recently in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The sixty-year-old author said that he "despises Islamism" because of its views on women and homosexuality and that it is "logically asburd and morally unacceptable" that writers who speak out against militant Islam are considered racist.

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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.

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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.

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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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