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Literary MagNet

by
Kevin Larimer
7.1.07

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Ninth Letter, Persimmon Tree, Passager, Anderbo, storySouth, Hotel St. George Press, Five Chapters, and Ellipses.

The "Ethics in Book Reviewing" Panel: Postcard From New York City, Part 2

by
Jen A. Miller
6.6.07

Oh that mine enemy were to write a book. It's a line, paraphrased from the Book of Job, that was uttered last Friday morning at BookExpo America by Christopher Hitchens—author of the recently published book God Is Not Great—as the motto from his earlier book reviewing days. It was an odd sentiment to be heard at a panel called "Ethics in Book Reviewing: The More Things Change…?" but it certainly made the crowd, which was packed in and spilling out of the conference room, laugh out loud. And it set the tone for the rest of the panelists' comments.

The Spectacle of BookExpo America: Postcard From New York City, Part 1

by
Jen A. Miller
6.5.07

It's not what most people expect from a book conference. There are no scholars huddled together discussing the latest piece of literary fiction that is keeping them up late at night; no gangs of poets arguing about who will make up the future canon of Western literature. Instead, what people found at this year's BookExpo America, held last weekend at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, was actress Julianne Moore (really her), America's Test Kitchen host Christopher Kimball (really him, but not quite as exciting as Moore), the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean (look-alikes, pretty good), Borat (another look-alike, not so good), and the Knight Bus from the Harry Potter series.

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The Matthew Sharpe Book Signing: Postcard From New York City, Part 3

by
Jen A. Miller
6.3.07
It was Saturday morning and Matthew Sharpe was late, but for a good reason. The author of Jamestown was supposed to be signing copies of his book in the autographing room of BookExpo America (BEA), but he’d just been named a finalist for a Quill Book Award, part of a program organized by NBC Universal and Reed Business Information that honors books in nineteen different categories at an awards show televised on NBC. Sharpe was busy being interviewed for MSNBC.
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Creative Copyrighting

by
Doug Diesenhaus
5.1.07

Best-selling novelist Jonathan Lethem has stepped into the copyright spotlight with an unusual proposal that he hopes will make the industry think differently about copyright protection and how it's used.

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The PEN World Voices Festival: Postcard From New York City

by
Jessica Allen
5.1.07
Those lucky enough to have tickets to "A Believer Nighttime Event" on Saturday, part of last week's PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, received program notes that contained a list of the night’s proceedings, complete with short descriptions and estimated times ("Introduction, Eric Bogosian commences the evening in his fashion, seven minutes, thirty-four seconds"), as well as bios of the seven participants.

Literary MagNet

by
Kevin Larimer
5.1.07

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Ohio Review, New Ohio Review, the Atlanta Review, and HoboEye.

Feeling Out a Fledgling Festival: Postcard From Far Rockaway

by
Arlene McKanic
4.27.07
Fort Tilden is near the end of the Rockaway Peninsula in the borough of Queens, New York, a collection of modest, wind-whipped buildings between playing fields and driveways, not far from the beach. On April 22 it hosted the first Rockaway Literary Festival, organized by Stuart Mirsky. "The Rockaway Literary Festival was something I’d always thought about when I was working," said Mirsky, who ran for State Assembly of Queens County, New York, in last November’s election. His loss—to Democrat Audrey I. Pheffer—was disppointing, but it freed him up to work on more literary projects.
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