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Q&A: Teresa Weaver's View of Reviews

News and Trends

September/October 2007

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The former Atlanta Journal-Constitution books editor discusses the public response to the elimination of her job and the future of book reviewing.

Editors Who Can Handle the Truth

News and Trends

September/October 2007

The release of three anthologies of creative nonfiction (or literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction or whatever you choose to call it) proves that while difficult to label, there’s little challenge finding representative work for the so-called fourth genre.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

News and Trends

September/October 2007

Page One offers a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Cion by Zakes Mda and (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions by Steve Almond.  

The Big Cover-Up: A Writer’s Role in Book Jacket Design

The Practical Writer

September/October 2007

From conceptualization to marketing and sales, novelist Timothy Schaffert reveals the ins and outs of book jacket design, offering examples and tips on how authors can work with their own agents and editors to facilitate the process.

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The Atlantic Monthly's Sesquicentennial: Postcard From Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Online Only, posted 8.31.07

The Atlantic Monthly turns 150 this year, and since every issue of the monthly magazine has included the work of a poet or two—from Longfellow to Frost, Stevens to Wilbur—the New England Poetry Club, the Longfellow National Historic Site and the Friends of the Longfellow House decided to celebrate the sesquicentennial by inviting a bunch of famous poets to read their work in Cambridge. David Barber, the poetry editor of the Atlantic, hosted the event, which took place on August 19 on the East Lawn of the Longfellow National Historic Site, located on Brattle Street.

An Interview With Fiction Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Online Only, posted 8.08.07

In June, twenty-nine-year-old Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the 2007 Orange Prize for Half of a Yellow Sun (Knopf, 2006), a novel set during the Biafra-Nigeria civil war of the 1960s. Adichie weaves the stories she heard from her parents and family friends along with political history in the novel she describes as having "emotional truth." Told from three different perspectives and spanning a decade, Half of a Yellow Sun has garnered glowing reviews for its powerful narrative and compelling characters.

An Interview With Poet Christian Wiman

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Online Only, posted 8.07.07

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Best known as the young and sometimes controversial editor of Poetry magazine, Christian Wiman created a different kind of stir earlier this year with the publication of an essay in the American Scholar that revealed, among other things, that he has a potentially fatal illness. Wiman, 41, suffers from Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, a rare and incurable blood cancer.

A Night of Poetry and Promises: Postcard From San Francisco

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Online Only, posted 8.06.07

The second night of the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, a three-day event that featured international poets reading in various venues across the city, was full of promises: "You’ll be talking about tonight forever.... You folks are in for a feast.... Tonight is going to be powerful!" Maybe it’s my cynical nature, but as I slunk down into my cushy seat in the dimly lit Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, I wondered if such high expectations could be met in a free, two-and-a-half-hour event.

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An Interview With Poet Ellen Bass

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Online Only, posted 7.13.07

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Although The Human Line, published last month by Copper Canyon Press, is Ellen Bass’s fourth collection of poetry, the sixty-year-old poet says it feels like her second. After all, it's only the second book she’s published since taking a more than ten-year hiatus from writing poetry.

An Interview With Poet Cathy Park Hong

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Online Only, posted 7.11.07

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Cathy Park Hong is a poet interested in the porous boundaries between languages and cultures. In her newest collection, Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007), winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Hong creates a poem sequence that takes place in a future city called the Desert. It is in this tourist town, modeled on the likes of Las Vegas and Dubai, that Hong introduces the Guide, an amalgam of new and extinct English dialects, Korean, Latin, Spanish, and other miscellaneous pidgins. Acting as the reader's escort, Hong uses the Guide to address the issues of identity, both personally and geographically, in an increasingly globalized world.
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