Our Literary Agents Issue features an in-depth interview with the four agents who founded the Book Group; our sixteenth annual roundup of the summer's best debut fiction, including Yaa Gyasi's novel Homegoing; Benjamin Percy on superpowered storytelling; an interview with Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times; a Q&A with Ruth Curry and Emily Gould of Emily Books; and more.
First Fiction 2016
In our sixteenth annual First Fiction roundup, five debut authors—Yaa Gyasi, Masande Ntshanga, Rumaan Alam, Maryse Meijer, and Imbolo Mbue—discuss their first books. Introduced by Angela Flournoy, Naomi Jackson, Emma Straub, Lindsay Hunter,...
As part of our sixteenth annual First Fiction roundup, in which five debut authors—Yaa Gyasi, Masande Ntshanga, Rumaan Alam, Maryse Meijer, and Imbolo Mbue—discuss their first books, we picked nine more notable debuts that fans of fiction should consider reading this summer.
A look at the how young literary agents grow in their careers, and what they can offer authors compared to more well-known agents.
The Aha! Moment: Nicole Aragi of Aragi, Inc.
As part of a continuing series, the founder of her own New York–based literary agency discusses “the mixture of deft prose and narrative suspense” that drew her to the work of fiction writer Naomi J. Williams, who she eventually took on as a client.
A publishing-industry veteran who has worked as an agent, writer, and editor explores how her various experiences have helped her make decisions about both her own career and that of other writers.
Four veteran agents talk about the business of books, the secret to a good pitch, and what authors should do in the lead-up to publication.
News and Trends
The founders of revivalist press Emily Books talk about their recent partnership with Coffee House Press, staying true to their ethics, and sustaining the future of “weird books by women.”
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Tig Notaro’s memoir, I’m Just a Person, and Mangalesh Dabral’s sixth poetry collection, This Number Does Not Exist, translated from the Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.
With the goal of facilitating “global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry,” the Kent, Ohio–based Wick Poetry Center is expanding its programming and bringing poetry to a wider audience.
Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the Washington, D.C–based Writer’s Center remains committed to its original mission: the “creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work” both in the D.C. area and nationwide.
Over the past decade, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery has created text and light installations across the world consisting of short poems made from neon, wood, and fire.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the Mobile, Alabama–based Negative Capability Press, a nonprofit publisher seeking to publish new work that embodies the Keatsian formulation that “a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason….”
The newly revamped Literary MagNet highlights an author alongside the journals that have published that author’s work. This issue’s MagNet features poet Alice Notley, who takes us through five journals that first published pieces appearing in her new collection, Certain Magical Acts (Penguin, June).
In his latest publishing venture, blockbuster novelist James Patterson has launched his “lightening-paced” novel series, BookShots, part of his ongoing efforts to support literacy and reach new readers.
The Practical Writer
How to Pitch Yourself to Bookstores
In the current publishing environment, much of the responsibility for promotion falls on the author. Bookstore co-owner Lynn Rosen offers five steps for authors to take when trying to create successful event partnerships with local bookstores.
Los Angeles Times book editor Carolyn Kellogg talks MFAs, publishing optimism, and how she’s revolutionizing her new position in the shifting landscape of book reviews.
The Literary Life
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Create a found poem, break your habits, or be an ambassador to your own country—three prompts to ignite the creative process.
An author, essayist, and DC Comics writer shares what he’s learned from writing comics, and how the process has shaped his narrative voice.