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More to the Story: Peter Carey

Peter Carey

For the second installment of this occassional feature, in which we ask authors to list the movies, music, artwork, and books that inspired them during the course of writing their new books, we asked two-time Booker Prize–winning author Peter Carey, whose ninth novel was published by Knopf in May, for his list; he replied with this essay.

The Law of Diminishing Readership

Joseph Bednarik

As marketing director of Copper Canyon Press, the thirty-four-year-old independent publisher of poetry in Port Townsend, Washington, I am required to read a lot. While most of the titles on my reading list are poetry collections, I recently read two nonfiction texts that got me thinking about the "economics" of creative writing.


Literary MagNet

Kevin Larimer

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 One Less Magazine, the Women's Review of Books, Cream City Review, Global City Review, Bat City Review, Backwards City Review, and Poetry.

More to the Story: A.M. Homes


For this inaugural installment of More to the Story—an occasional feature in which we ask authors to list the movies, music, artwork, and books that inspired them during the course of writing their new books—we asked A.M. Homes about her fifth novel,This Book Will Save Your Life, which was published by Viking last month.

Shakespeare Has Left the Building: Postcard From Philadelphia

Jen A. Miller

On April 14 hundreds of scholars gathered in the Millennium Hall of the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia for the second day of the thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, a nonprofit, academic organization devoted to the study of William Shakespeare and his plays and poems.

An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer William T. Vollmann

Ben Bush

The author of fifteen books, including eight novels, three short story collections, a memoir, and a ten-volume treatise on the nature and ethics of violence, William T. Vollmann is often associated with his most controversial subjects—crack and prostitution among them. He is also characterized by a few signature stunts, such as firing a pistol during his readings and kidnapping a girl who had been sold into prostitution and turning her over to a relief agency while writing an article for Spin magazine.

Jack Gilbert and E. L. Doctorow Among NBCC Winners: Postcard From New York City

Doug Diesenhaus

On a frigid night in early March, a well-dressed crowd of around five hundred people piled into the New School’s Tishman Auditorium to witness the announcement of the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards. The membership organization of seven hundred critics and reviewers, founded in 1974, bestows awards annually for poetry, fiction, biography, general nonfiction, and criticism. This year, for the first time, autobiography (or memoir), was added as a separate category—an interesting distinction at a time when the controversy over the genre has dominated literary news.