Mad Men Creator to Release Novel, Kickstarter’s Publishing Power, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Little, Brown will publish the debut novel from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in Fall 2017. Heather, the Totality is a “dark fable set in contemporary Manhattan” that follows “three people from two worlds who are on a collision course in pursuit of a beautiful child.” (Vulture)

E-book publisher Serial Box releases books like television shows, in weekly episode installments penned by different writers. Serial Box cofounder Molly Barton discusses the benefits of the collaborative writing process for serialized book publication. “Collaboration is a welcome change for writers used to long days alone with nothing but a blinking cursor.” (Wired)

Meanwhile, at the Guardian, Richard Lea looks at how crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has become a leading power in the publishing industry.

The Bookseller rounds up various critical opinions about this year’s shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which was announced Tuesday.

Author and director Lena Dunham has been named this year’s spokesperson for Indies First, a national campaign dedicated to supporting independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday. (Shelf Awareness)

Poet Christopher Soto speaks with poet Ocean Vuong about his acclaimed debut collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, his writing and editing process, and his idea of success. “For me that is success, to be able to speak with one another with our best intentions. I always see that as the end goal, to reach humans. Success is when the world becomes a vehicle for the work.” (Lambda Literary)

At Triple Canopy, Abraham Adams examines the history and particular composition of the “New Yorker poem,” which he describes as “basically a communiqué on experience from a subject for whom language is a fun tool without history, also ends with a flourish, a coda that signals the seamless transmission of experience to the reader. These endings are broadly homogeneous but not without variation.”