Daily News from Poets & Writers

Reed Calls It Quits for Quills

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.26.08

Reed Business Information announced yesterday that it plans to suspend the Quills, the awards program it sponsored along with NBC Universal. The Quills, which were created in 2005, carried no cash value, relying instead on high-profile coverage and celebrities such as former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, weatherman Al Roker, and actress Brooke Shields to honor the best in book publishing and promote literacy. The annual black-tie awards ceremony, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was televised on NBC.

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Wharton's Landmark Estate Faces Foreclosure

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.25.08

Edith Wharton Restoration, owners of the Mount, the author's landmark estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, announced recently that the property is facing imminent foreclosure. The organization owes over four million dollars to Berkshire Bank, from whom it has borrowed since 2002 in order to restore and maintain three acres of gardens and the thirty-five room house, designed and built by Wharton in 1902. The bank sent warning of potential foreclosure after the Mount missed a scheduled loan payment earlier this month.

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Twelfth Annual Small Press Month Kicks Off in March

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.22.08

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The twelfth annual Small Press Month, celebrated by a series of nationwide literary happenings throughout the month of March, kicks off on March 6 with events in New York City (Bowery Poetry Club), Milwaukee (Woodland Pattern Book Center), and San Francisco (City Lights).

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Former Houghton Mifflin Publisher Now Nan A. Talese Editor

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.21.08

After Janet Silver was ousted as publisher of Houghton Mifflin's adult trade division last month, it was unclear where the fifty-three-year-old who had worked with the likes of Jhumpa Lahiri and Philip Roth would end up. All that was known was that Becky Saletan replaced Silver when she was named publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade Books, a unit that was created when Houghton Mifflin merged with Harcourt last summer. More

HarperCollins Offers Free Online Editions of Books

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.20.08

HarperCollins recently began posting free online editions of some of its forthcoming titles. Among the books available for view on the HarperCollins Web site are the novels The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. The "full access" program expands upon the publisher's existing "Browse Inside" option, which allows customers to look through a few pages of select titles prior to purchase.

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Researcher Finds First Recording of Ginsberg's "Howl"

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.19.08

A researcher in Portland, Oregon, recently discovered the first recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his famous poem "Howl," the Oregonian reported last week. While researching a biography of poet Gary Snyder at Reed College in Portland, John Suiter found the thirty-five-minute reel-to-reel tape in a box marked "Snyder Ginsberg 1956."

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Current Issue

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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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