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by James F. Thompson
Why novelists fear writing negative reviews; Beth Kephart explores the power of memoirs; Maya Angelou honored by the National Book Foundation for her literary contributions; and other news.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist press based in Fairfax, Virginia, that publishes one title each year as part of its annual poetry and hybrid-prose chapbook contest.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
In the Authors Guild lawsuit, a judge ruled that libraries that offered books for scanning are protected by copyright's fair use doctrine; Sarah Marian Seltzer describes the experience of modeling for seven hundred Jane Austen enthusiasts; Halloween's approaching, and GalleyCat features a selection of favorite literary costumes.
Organizers of writing contests are, perhaps not suprisingly, wary of publicizing details of their budgets, but the organizers of three contest programs offered to share the numbers behind their 2011 contests as part of contributing editor Michael Bourne's “The Economics of Competition,” which serves as the centerpiece of the current issue’s special section on the risks and rewards of writing contests.
Last Friday the Lannan Foundation announced that poet August Kleinzahler won this year’s $150,000 Literary Award. Lannan Fellowships, each worth $100,000, were also awarded to poets Katie Ford and Ilya Kaminsky and fiction writers Charles D’Ambrosio and Glenn Patterson.
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