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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

March/April 2008

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from New Collected Poems by Eavan Boland and The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips. 

The Grim Reader

News and Trends

March/April 2008

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The National Endowment for the Arts releases To Read or Not to Read—a follow-up to the nonprofit's 2004 report, Reading at Risk—which further expounds on America's declining reading habits.

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Jim Shepard Wins Story Prize: Postcard From New York City

Postcard

Online Only, posted 2.29.08

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On Wednesday, supporters of the short story gathered in New York City at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium on West Twelfth Street for the fourth annual Story Prize award ceremony. The $20,000 Story Prize is given for a collection of short fiction published in the United States during the previous year. Writers, editors, and industry professionals trickled in from the frigid evening, melding with students and writerly types and filling the space with convivial banter.

Workshop: A Rant Against Creative Writing Classes

The Practical Writer

March/April 2008

“Can you really teach creative writing?” Professor and novelist Dan Barden answers this while offering his own unorthodox approaches to teaching a workshop.

The Written Image: Jellyfish

News and Trends

March/April 2008

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A look at Jellyfish, winner of best debut feature at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and written and directed by Etgar Keret, an Israeli fiction writer, whose most recent collection of stories, The Girl on the Fridge, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

An Interview With Poet Li-Young Lee

Direct Quote

Online Only, posted 2.11.08

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The author of four poetry collections talks about his obsession with the unknown and the poem as a descendent of God.

Q&A: Director Quang Bao Steps Down

News and Trends

March/April 2008

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Former executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Quang Bao talks about his tenure with the organization and its influence on Asian literature over the past seventeen years.

Literary MagNet

News and Trends

March/April 2008

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Pindeldyboz, Narrative, and Bellevue Literary Review.

The Importance of Place: Where Writers Write and Why

The Literary Life

March/April 2008

Why do some writers prefer company and background noise, while others need isolation? Why do some need the magical monotony of sameness, and others the inspiration of variety? What does it mean for a writer to be locked into a place? What does place even mean to a writer?

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Small Press Points

News and Trends

March/April 2008

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features New Directions, Milkweed Editions, Pushcart Press, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, A Midsummer Night’s Press, and Akashic Books.

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