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8.19.14

This preview (sans sound) of an upcoming film and performance piece combines images of rivers, graphic novel illustrations, and words of poetry from Carl Jung, Li Po, and Ted Hughes. The film, created by the Cabinet of Living Cinema, premieres at the Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea in England on September 27.

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    8.14.14

    “As a research tool, the Internet is the best thing to happen to writers since the invention of the modern library. On the other hand, it can be a colossal time-suck and an addictive distraction for many writers—myself included. One of our most important challenges, then, is negotiating the use of technology in our daily writing practice...."

    8.08.14

    “What works to drive me to write is probably so idiosyncratic that it might not be generally useful, but it’s been my way of finding the motivation and the passion to put pen to paper. Sure, I like the hot afternoon walks in the hills of Altadena with my dog..."

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    by Jen Michalski

    Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

    by Edie Rhoads

    Join indie author Edie Rhoads as she showcases the local literary treasures of one of America’s most picturesque cities.

    by Adam Ross

    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.

    by Michelle Wildgen

    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.

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Our Literary Agents Issue features an in-depth look at the author-agent relationship, including stories of how ten authors found representation and an extensive Q&A with agent PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates; as well as a profile of legendary novelist James Lee Burke by Benjamin Percy; a roundup of the summer's best debut novels; tips on how to keep your book’s buzz alive; the art of reading Lauren Slater; and much more.

Jul/Aug 2014

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Listen to Lacy M. Johnson read from her new memoir, The Other Side, one of the books featured in Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.

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The Written Image: Not Nothing

Two forthcoming books from Siglio Press collect the art and writing of Ray Johnson, pop artist and founder of the New York Correspondence School.

Agents & Editors: PJ Mark

PJ Mark, whose clients include Samantha Hunt, Wayne Koestenbaum, Dinaw Mengestu, Maggie Nelson, Ed Park, and Josh Weil, talks about what writers can do to improve their chances of success, why fiction is harder to sell than nonfiction, and the importance of trusting your heart.

Atavist Books Puts Digital First

A new digital-first publisher launched in March of this year with the novella Sleep Donation by best-selling author Karen Russell, signaling a new benchmark in digital literature’s continued march toward prominence.

A Safe Space for Veteran Writers

Ron Capps’s Washington, D.C.–based Veterans Writing Project helps military veterans and their families begin to heal through writing workshops around the country.

Miss the Hiss of Voices on Vinyl?

Harry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz revive the Calliope Author Readings, their series of original recordings from the 1960s by novelists James Baldwin, Philip Roth, John Updike, and others in their early careers—by converting the original vinyl recordings to digital.

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A New Prize for Self-Published Authors

6.18.14

The Guardian’s literary editor discusses the newspaper’s new monthly prize for self-published books by writers based in the U.K.

2014 First Fiction Sampler

6.18.14

Read exclusive excerpts from the novels and story collections of debut fiction writers Courtney Maum, Scott Cheshire, Celeste Ng, Yelena Akhtiorskaya, and Mira Jacob.

Notable Moments in Self-Publishing History: A Timeline

11.01.13

Writers have been self-publishing since the beginning of written words. Celebrating those creative individuals determined to be heard, we present a timeline of notable moments in self-publishing history.

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Agents & Editors: PJ Mark Gallery
Credit: Christy Whitney

In the new installment of Agents & Editors, agent PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates talks about what writers can do to improve their chances of success.

Lauren Slater Gallery
Credit: Chris Crisman

In Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, Lauren Slater offers a dynamic reverie on truth and art. Contributor William Giraldi takes a closer look at her unique body of work.

Nicole Aragi Colson Whitehead Gallery
Credit: Tony Gale

Colson Whitehead and Nicole Aragi are among the fifteen pairs of authors and agents who share stories of how they forged professional relationships in our special section.

James Lee Burke Gallery
Credit: Jessica Lowry

Best-selling novelist James Lee Burke is larger than any of the genres critics use to label his work. Benjamin Percy talks with the literary giant at his Montana ranch.