July/August 2006

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After having published critically acclaimed first books, novelists Emily Barton and Gary Shteyngart confront the second-book challenge.

Features

Two Books Are Better Than One: A Profile of Emily Barton and Gary Shteyngart

by Kevin Larimer
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Two novelists face the challenge of the second book.

Since You're Gone: A Profile of Donald Antrim

by David Bahr
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Donald Antrim looks back at his family in his new memoir The Afterlife.

Talk of the Town: An Interview with David Remnick

by Mary Gannon
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New Yorker Editor David Remnick talks about his new book, Reporting, a collection of interviews originally appearing in the magazine.

First-Fiction Annual

by Carolyn T. Hughes
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Five fiction writers discuss their literary premieres in our annual special feature.

News and Trends

More to the Story: Peter Carey

by 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 Poetic Appraisal

by Sarah Davis

Poetry in America, the 2006 report released by the Poetry Foundation, has spurred efforts to revitalize an interest in poetry among the general population, and in doing so, has also sparked a debate among those in the literary community.

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Penguin, NBA Team Up for Literacy

by Doug Diesenhaus

Penguin and the National Basketball Association (NBA) recently teamed up to launch a literacy campaign featuring the retired Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, and Becky Hammon of the New York Liberty, a team in the Women's National Basketball Association.

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Literary MagNet

by 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 the Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Fence, Harpur Palate, Slate, and Ellipsis.

Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Blue Moon Books, Soft Skull Press, Grove Press, Grove/Atlantic, Inc. Clear Cut Press, and Broadsided Press.

The Practical Writer

Extreme Makeover

by A. M. Homes

Novelist and memoirist A. M. Homes investigates how an author's Web site should look and function.

The Literary Life

After the Flood: A Writer Says Good-Bye to Her Books

by Julia Kamysz Lane
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A New Orleans writer loses all of her books to flooding from Hurricane Katrina.

Verse to Last: Reflections on Poetry for Posterity

by Reagan Upshaw
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A poet and art historian reflects on the desire to write great, memorable poems.

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