After having published critically acclaimed first books, novelists Emily Barton and Gary Shteyngart confront the second-book challenge.
Two Books Are Better Than One: A Profile of Emily Barton and Gary Shteyngart
Two novelists face the challenge of the second book.
Since You're Gone: A Profile of Donald Antrim
Donald Antrim looks back at his family in his new memoir The Afterlife.
Talk of the Town: An Interview with David Remnick
New Yorker Editor David Remnick talks about his new book, Reporting, a collection of interviews originally appearing in the magazine.
Five fiction writers discuss their literary premieres in our annual special feature.
News and Trends
More to the Story: 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
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.
Penguin, NBA Team Up for Literacy
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.
Q&A: Jacobs Steps In at Feminist Press
During her third month on the job, Jacobs spoke about her new position as executive director of the oldest independent publisher of women's writing in the world.
The Contester: Winnow's Refund Runs Into Trouble
Six months after announcing that there would be no winner chosen for their First Book Award in Fiction competition, Winnow Press struggles to fulfill their uncommon promise to refund entry fees.
Strangers Meet in Virtual Libraries
A computer programmer and former employee of Houghton Mifflin launches Library Thing, a Web site designed to re-create library-gazing online.
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
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.
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin
This installment of Page One features excerpts from Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood by Adrienne Martini and The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee.
The Practical Writer
The Writer's Web Site: Build It and They Will Come
Whether you create it yourself or hire a designer, developing an author Web site is one of the best ways to promote yourself and provide an authoritative source for readers to discover your work.
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
A New Orleans writer loses all of her books to flooding from Hurricane Katrina.
Verse to Last: Reflections on Poetry for Posterity
A poet and art historian reflects on the desire to write great, memorable poems.