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The Politics of Fiction

News and Trends

January/February 2006

Can political fiction matter? Stephen Elliott, the editor of Politically Inspired, an anthology published by MacAdam/Cage in 2003, and its follow-up, Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction, published by MacAdam/Cage this month, casts his vote in the “definitely yes” column.

Small Press Points

News and Trends

January/February 2006

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Action Books, Fence Books, Verse Press, Wave Books, Tin House Books, Bloomsbury USA, Twisted Spoon Press, and White Pine Press.

The Contester: Press Offers Refund, and Then Some

News and Trends

January/February 2006

Joining the ranks of literary contests that have failed to yield a winner, Winnow Press is the latest sponsor to announce that the manuscripts received for their First Book Award were not up to par; they are, however, offering something of a consolation prize.

Q&A: Ulin Takes Critical Control in L.A.

News and Trends

January/February 2006

At the end of his fourth week on the job as the book editor of the Los Angeles Times, Ulin spoke about his intentions for the Book Review and his responsibilities as its new editor.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

January/February 2006

This installment of Page One features excerpts from Parallel Play by Stephen Burt and The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis.

In Search of David Foster Wallace

Feature

January/February 2006

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Whether it’s a thousand-page novel, a single-paragraph story, or a footnoted essay, the elusive author always offers a complicated—and sometimes maddening—reading experience. But is there more to David Foster Wallace than words on a page?

Poets Move From Page to Stage

News and Trends

January/February 2006

In the second half of the twentieth century, a number of poets’ theater programs, including the Poets’ Theatre, which was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1950, and staged plays by John Ashbery, James Merrill, Frank O’Hara, and Richard Wilbur, provided venues for work written by poets for the stage. Now, a new generation of poets’ theater programs are raising their curtains for plays by poets.

The Written Image: Chip Kidd

News and Trends

November/December 2005

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Images from a new collection of graphic art by Chip Kidd, an associate art director at Knopf, who has designed nearly eight hundred book jackets for the publishing house during the last twenty years.

 

The Contester: Series Editor Retires Amid Controversy

News and Trends

November/December 2005

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Fueled by allegations of unfairness, Bin Ramke announces his retirement after twenty-two years as editor of the Contemporary Poetry Series.

The Literature of War

News and Trends

November/December 2005

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As long as there has been war, there have been writers trying to understand it, turning battlefield horrors into narrative, trying to make something useful out of its debris, but in recent months an unusually high number of soldier memoirs have been released by American publishers.

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