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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.

That Glittering Possibility: Eighteen Debut Poets Who Made Their Mark in 2005

Feature

November/December 2005

The eighteen poets featured here represent only a fraction of the debut books published in 2005, yet they are emblematic of the diverse community of poets who have recently forged their own paths to publication.

Amazon Starts Publishing Program

News and Trends

November/December 2005

In August, Amazon.com launched a program that offers customers short stories and essays in a digital format for forty-nine cents each.

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.

 

Small Press Points

News and Trends

November/December 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Other Voices Books, Soho Press, Paris Press, Curbstone Press, Limberlost Press, Aralia Press, Ugly Ducking Presse, A Rest Press, and Atelos.

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.

Waywiser Press: The Small British Press That Publishes Big American Poets

Special Section

September/October 2005

During the last three years, some of America’s most respected poets—Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and the late Anthony Hecht, among others—have published British editions of their books with Waywiser Press, a virtually unknown publisher based in London. 

Small Press Points

News and Trends

September/October 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Borealis Books, Passager Books, and Gorsky Press. 

The Contester: One Editor's Take on Clean Competition

News and Trends

September/October 2005

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Much has been written about some judges rewarding friends and former students, and I worry that a few questionable practices have detracted from the hundreds of contests that bring recognition to so many well-deserving writers. Nevertheless, there are steps that all of us—editors, judges, and writers—can take to help keep contests clean.

The Status of a Classic

News and Trends

September/October 2005

This month the Library of America, the nonprofit publisher founded in 1979 to “preserve our nation’s literary heritage,” will release the first two installments of a planned eight-volume edition of Philip Roth’s collected fiction.

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