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Doris Lessing Says Nobel's Not So Nifty

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.12.08

Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, has added to her collection of controversial sound bites, telling the BBC on Sunday that receiving the award was "a bloody disaster" because it shifted her attention away from writing. "All I do now is give interviews and spend time being photographed," she said.

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Daniel Depp (Not Johnny) and Supermodels Sell Debut Novels

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.9.08

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Everyone knows there's no sure-fire way of selling a debut novel, but a couple recent deals prove that it helps if the author is a famous actor's brother or a former supermodel.

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The Poems on the Bus Go Round and Round

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.8.08

New York City subway riders may be seeing a litte less poetry these days—thanks to a recent decision by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to discontinue the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion program—but commuters on buses in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Orlando are seeing more.

 

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Ice-T to Read Poems for the Langston Hughes Project

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.7.08

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced last week that rapper and actor Ice-T will join the orchestra in a performance of Langston Hughes's poetry, known as the Langston Hughes Project, next month. On June 18, the Grammy winner will read Hughes's twelve-part poetry collection Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz (Random House, 1961) as the orchestra, joined by the McCurdy/Wright jazz quartet, performs original music composed by Ron McCurdy, founder of the project and chairman of the jazz department at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. 

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Random House CEO Reported to Be Stepping Down

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.6.08

Peter Olson, the chief executive of Random House, is said to be stepping down from his post in the next few weeks. The New York Times reported yesterday that the fifty-year-old, who has been running Random House since 1998, has recently come under pressure as the publisher's worldwide revenue fell 5.6 percent last year.

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Maya Angelou Endorses Hillary Clinton in TV Ad

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.5.08

Poet Maya Angelou has expressed her support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, first in an open letter posted on Senator Clinton’s campaign Web site, and most recently in a television ad. The endorsement, in which Angelou and Clinton share a stage as the poet commends the candidate’s egalitarian politics, is currently airing in North Carolina, where primary elections will be held tomorrow.

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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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