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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 NPR’s Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, cofounder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association. 

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10.23.14

Elizabeth Huergo reads from her debut novel, The Death of Fidel Pérez (Unbridled Books, 2013), at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. Read Huergo's piece "Coming Home to Writing: Exile and Literary Citizenship" in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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    10.23.14

    "After a day of work in the grey cubicle farm on Michigan Avenue, coming home to work on a novel can feel like an indulgence. It takes practice and patience to tune out the snotty e-mail from a coworker that sent the office atwitter, or to forget about the cockroaches that appeared one morning..."

    10.16.14

    "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..."

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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 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.

Nov/Dec 2014

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Listen to Meghan Daum read from her new essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, one of the books featured in Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

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.

Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

Libraries Navigate Digital Lending

Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.

 

Lisa Lucas Looks to Guernica’s Future

The New York City–based art and politics magazine rings in its second decade with its first paid staff position and the launch of a print anthology.

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The Amazon Conflict

9.30.14

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 fundamental—it’s about the future of literature itself.

A Writer’s Comeback: How I Built My Own Literary Scene and Saved Myself

8.20.14

Founder of the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in Brooklyn, New York, Julia Fierro discusses how creating her own workshop program—and in doing so, building her own community of writers—allowed her to rediscover her own voice.

After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned

8.20.14

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.

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Donald Hall Gallery
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Eighty-six-year-old award-winning poet Donald Hall reminisces about a golden age of American poetry in "Turning Time Around" by John Freeman.

 

Charles D'Ambrosio Gallery
Credit: Sandra Louise Dyas

In Loitering: New and Collected Essays (Tin House Books), Charles D’Ambrosio places the emphasis on language and sympathy to uncover the story behind the story.

 

IPRC Gallery
Credit: Adam Murray

Contributing editor Michael Bourne finds the art of letterpress printing alive and well at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Shotts Gallery
Credit: Sara Jorde

In the new installment of Agents & Editors, Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts talks with Michael Szczerban about the power of patience in publishing.