Daily News from Poets & Writers

Henry Holt Finally Names New Editor in Chief

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 8.19.08

It's a small, slow world: Nearly two years after Jennifer Barth left her job as editor in chief of Henry Holt to work at HarperCollins, where she is now an executive editor, Holt president Dan Farley has finally named her successor. Marjorie Braman is leaving her job as executive editor at HarperCollins to become the new editor in chief of Henry Holt.

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Sometimes the Best Writing Is Also the Worst

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Online Only, posted 8.18.08

Garrison Spik, a forty-one-year-old communications director from Washington, D.C., has been named the winner of the 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest, which celebrates some of the year's worst prose writing. Spik received the highest honor for penning the overall worst opening line of an imaginary novel.

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Rights to Ten Steinbeck Titles Back in Penguin's Court

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Online Only, posted 8.15.08

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court returned to Penguin Group the rights to publish ten of John Steinbeck's works, overturning a 2006 decision that granted rights to the late author's son and granddaughter. 

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Howard Junker to Retire, ZYZZYVA to Live On

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Online Only, posted 8.14.08

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Howard Junker, the stalwart editor of the San Francisco literary magazine ZYZZYVA, recently announced that he will retire at the end of next year. In the editor's note of the Fall 2008 issue, which was recently published, Junker makes clear that although there was discussion among board members about the possibility of the journal retiring along with its founding editor, ZYZZYVA will continue to be released three times a year after his departure.

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Vintage Takes Suddenly Topical McInerney Novel Back to Press

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Online Only, posted 8.13.08

Nineteen years after it was first published by Vintage Books, the paperback imprint of Random House has ordered twenty-five hundred additional copies of Jay McInerney's Story of My Life to be printed. The move comes not as a response to the sucess of McInerney's latest novel, but rather to last week's news that John Edwards had an affair with Rielle Hunter.

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Poetry as Prop Becomes Hot Topic

by Staff

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Online Only, posted 8.12.08

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Sad as it may be, when poetry shows up on television it's big news. The blogosphere has been in a twitter over the recent appearance of Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency on Mad Men, the Golden Globe-winning drama series on AMC.

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