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March 1, 2024

Spotify, which launched audiobooks on its podcast and music platform last year, is offering a special option for audiobooks enthusiasts who are less interested in other kinds of listening. Audiobooks Access Tier is slightly less expensive than the Premium option that gives access to audiobooks in addition to music and podcasts, writes Publishers Weekly.

March 1, 2024

The rise of knockoff books—or titles posing as the work of recognized authors but apparently generated by AI—continues to undermine writers, reports the Washington Post. The fakes are common on Amazon, and many authors and publishers wonder “why such a powerful tech company seems to be having such a hard time getting a handle on the problem.” But a solution may be on the horizon, says a columnist at Publishers Weekly.

February 29, 2024

Wired unpacks the strange economics of fan fiction, untangling who gets to profit off the derivative work and why. The article focuses on one fan fiction story in particular—Manacled, a cross between the Harry Potter franchise and The Handmaid’s Tale—whose author just signed a publishing deal with Del Rey.

February 29, 2024

The New York Times takes a tour through the Museo Bodoniano in Parma, Italy, where patrons receive an education in the eighteenth century typographer and creator of the eponymous Bodoni typeface that graces many book covers.

February 29, 2024

Northern Europeans are increasingly reading English versions of books rather than titles translated into national languages, changing the market for foreign rights and translators, writes the Bookseller, a U.K. publication about the book business.

February 29, 2024

The Equity Directory is a new online resource offering a listing of BIPOC literary agents, writes Publishers Weekly. The free directory will be maintained by volunteers with Literary Agents of Change.

February 28, 2024

Merriam-Webster recently declared that it is just fine to end a sentence with a preposition, sparking a grammatical controversy for the ages, reports NPR.

February 28, 2024

Atria Books is launching an imprint called Primero Sueño Press, which will publish books of fiction and nonfiction by Latinx authors in both English and Spanish, reports Publishers Weekly. The imprint will be led by Michelle Herrera Mulligan, who joined Atria in 2018 and has published titles by Reyna Grande, Gabrielle Lyon, Vanessa Marin, Chiquis Rivera, and other authors.

February 28, 2024

On the occasion of Mary Dearborn’s new biography, Carson McCullers: A Life, Maggie Doherty looks at the life and writing of the beloved author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. “If seemingly everyone agreed that McCullers was a child, they indulged her because she was a genius,” Doherty writes in the New Yorker.

February 28, 2024

For the Atlantic, Vann R. Newkirk II asks teachers about their favorite books, and about what teaching Black history feels like in a time of book bans.

February 27, 2024

Literary magazine Creative Nonfiction is partnering with Narratively, an online storytelling platform, according to a blog post by Lee Gutkind, Creative Nonfiction’s editor. The partnership involves a new essay series and other collaborations in the works.

February 27, 2024

The New York Times profiles Aaron Lansky, who created the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, now home to 1.5 million Yiddish books that may have otherwise been lost. Lansky has announced his retirement as the Center’s president, effective June 2025.

February 27, 2024

Small Press Distribution (SPD) is moving ahead with its SPD Next plan, which the nonprofit book distributor touts as a way to cut costs while increasing services for its clientele of four hundred independent publishers, reports Publishers Weekly. SPD has moved 300,000 books to space owned by Ingram Content Group and Publishers Storage and Shipping (PSS). The partnership with Ingram and PSS will also give SPD’s clients access to “print-on-demand, e-book, and audiobook distribution” services.

February 26, 2024

The poet Lyn Hejinian has died, according to the University of California in Berkeley, where she was Professor and John F. Hotchkis Chair Emerita. The university called her “one of the most significant poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries” and “the soul of the Berkeley English department” for two decades.

February 26, 2024

The poet Elizabeth Arnold has died, according to Flood Editions, the publisher of her books Wave House (2023), Skeleton Coast (2017), Life (2014), Effacement (2010), and Civilization (2006). Arnold taught for many years in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Maryland in College Park and uncovered a lost novel by Mina Loy, Insel, which she edited for Black Sparrow Press in 1991. Listen to a 2022 virtual reading and discussion with Arnold in Poets & Writers Theater.

February 26, 2024

Book clubs are increasingly popular, particularly with Millennial and Gen Z readers, reports CNN. The growth “reflects a renewed interest in events and experiences in-person following the isolation of the pandemic, as well as growing fatigue with endless time on screens.”

February 26, 2024

Forbes interviews four publishing experts to consider the proverbial question: “Can you make a living as an author?”

February 26, 2024

On the Media, a public radio show, broadcast a segment last week on the importance and changing dynamics of literary prizes in the United States. The show considers data from an academic study that Poets & Writers Magazine wrote about last year.

February 23, 2024

Vice Media Group, a one-time online journalistic powerhouse with ventures in television and other entertainment, is laying off hundreds of employees and will stop publishing on its news website, reports NBC News. The company will “look to partner with established media companies to distribute our digital content,” says Vice’s CEO.

February 23, 2024

An international literature festival that was once held each year in Odessa, Ukraine, is currently underway in Bucharest, Romania, due to the ongoing war with Russia. Launched in 2015, the International Literature Festival Odesa “aims to highlight the ‘international character and cultural effervescence’ of the port city in southwestern Ukraine that was the birthplace or home of writers such as Adam Mickiewicz, Alexander Pushkin, Lesya Ukrainka, Anna Akhmatova,” and others, writes Romania Insider.

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Alla Abdulla-Matta presents her work at the Ninth Annual Connecting Cultures Reading. The event took place at the Center for Book Arts in New York, New York on May 15, 2018. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)
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Poet Juan Delgado at the Cholla Needles Monthly Reading. The event took place at Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree, California on October 7, 2018. (Credit: Bob DeLoyd)
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Marty Carrera at the Seventeenth Annual Intergenerational Reading. The event took place at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York, New York on June 23, 2018. (Credit: Margarita Corporan)

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In this 2013 video, Lyn Hejinian reads from her book The Book of a Thousand Eyes (Omnidawn, 2012) for the Lunch Poem reading series at the University of California in Berkeley, where she was Professor and John F. Hotchkis Chair Emerita.... more

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