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The National Book Foundation has announced the shortlists for its 2014 National Book Awards. The finalists in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people's literature were announced this morning on NPRâ€™s Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, cofounder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association.
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"I had to stop myself from reading 'Writing Habits of Famous Authors' articles. Such glamorized routines create unrealistic expectations the same way beauty magazines do for young women. The practice I'd recommend is refusing to compare yourself..."
â€śThe balled up, impossible-to-unkink tangle of pain and joy that is family fuels a great deal of my writing. The great Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz reminds us: â€śWhen a writer is born into a family, that family is finished.â€ť I never want my writing to finish anything. Rather, I want it to start things...."
Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.
Join indie author Edie Rhoads as she showcases the local literary treasures of one of Americaâ€™s most picturesque cities.
Adam Ross, author of the New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut, takes us on a tour of his beloved Nashville, "a great secret, cool as all get-out but never self-consciously hip or competitive," with a literary life as vibrant as its musical one.
Author and Tin House Magazine editor Michelle Wildgen serves as our guide to the literary locales of Madison, Wisconsin, a city whose lofty earnestness in everything from food to literature inspired her two novels.
Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.
by Rebecca Bates
The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.
by Kevin Larimer
Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approachâ€”and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with itâ€”to bringing books into the world.
by Michael Szczerban
Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why itâ€™s an exciting time to be a poet.
by Mira Ptacin
Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.
by Cat Richardson
The New York Cityâ€“based art and politics magazine rings in its second decade with its first paid staff position and the launch of a print anthology.
On its surface, the ongoing dispute between Hachette Book Group and Amazon is about the price of e-books, but as more authors and traditional publishers square off against the giant online retailer, which has plenty of defenders of its own, many in the industry are starting to believe the battle is about something much more fundamentalâ€”itâ€™s about the future of literature itself.
Founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, New York, Julia Fierro discusses how creating her own workshop programâ€”and in doing so, building her own community of writersâ€”allowed her to rediscover her own voice.
A writer compares what she thought would happen after receiving her MFA with what actually happened, and offers a few practical lessons to writers who may be considering, or who have recently completed, a graduate writing program.