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by Evan Smith Rakoff
The Association of American Publishers reports sales rose over 13 percent for the first half of 2012; Robert Atwan lists the ten best essays written since 1950; literary podcast Other People with Brad Listi has created an app; and other news.
by Jan Weissmiller
Before heading to the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, held throughout June and July, get acquainted with the reading series, bars, landmarks, and people—including our guide Jan Weissmiller, co-owner of indie bookseller Prairie Lights Books—of designated City of Literature Iowa City.
by Rebecca Keith
As literature concerned with today’s often-grim realities gains new prominence, a handful of literary organizations are highlighting the connection between poetry and politics and strengthening the network of socially conscious writers.
by John Biguenet
Native New Orleanian John Biguenet, author of seven books and many prizewinning plays, highlights postflood literary New Orleans—"a palimpsest" on which "the past bleeds through the fresh culture now being inscribed over the submerged text, centuries old."
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