Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer turns eighty this year, when she will also celebrate the publication of her twenty-seventh book. Gordimer believes "a writer is selected by his subject—his subject being the consciousness of his era."
Living Large: A Conversation with Nadine Gordimer
A profile of the South African writer on the occasion of her latest book, Loot.
On Reviews: A Three-Part Series
Authors on Reviews
Writers review their reviewers.
Last April (the 22nd, to be exact), I received an advance copy of the New York Times review of my debut story collection. The piece, which appeared in the Sunday Book Review,
began as follows: "There's a postadolescent period many of us would
rather forget: that summer or decade when we have no idea what we're
doing. Days are measured in beer, TV and dead-end jobs. It is a dull
time to live through, and duller still to read about. "Which doesn't
stop young writers from writing about it."
News and Trends
Amanda Davis, author of the short story collection Circling the Drain and cornerstone presence to many in and beyond the literary world, died in a plane crash on March 15, 2003, while on tour promoting her first novel, Wonder When You'll Miss Me.
Last month Jonathan Tasini, who is recognizable to most writers due to his association with the high-profile lawsuit against the New York Times, resigned as president of the National Writers Union, an advocacy group for freelance writers and is now heading the Creators Federation, an international coalition of writers and artists working in all media and the organizations that represent them.
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 Maize, Our Time Is Now, UR-VOX, Smartish Pace, and the Beloit Poetry Journal.
This year marks the centennial of Niedecker's birth. To celebrate, libraries and bookstores in her home state are planning a series of events that will draw poets, scholars, and readers to the places that inspired and influenced her poetry.
The UN has declared the next ten years the UN Literacy Decade. During this period the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization will initiate its "International Plan of Action," designed to mobilize national governments, public and private organizations, universities, and local communities to create literacy programs, research who will most benefit from such programs, and find ways to monitor their success so that they can be improved upon and replicated elsewhere.
The Practical Writer
Term Limits: The Creative Nonfiction Debate
Writers weigh in on what defines creative nonfiction.
Should an author simply count herself lucky to have landed a book deal, or should she fight for what she wants during the various stages of publishing it—the editing process, cover design, and promotion? Before deciding, it's important to understand what obstacles might stand in the way before encountering them and what to expect from all the effort.
The Literary Life
A Means of Transport: George Hitchcock and kayak
A retrospective look at a literary magazine kayak and editor George Hitchcock.
Imperative: An Anti Anti-MFA Manifesto
The author defends graduate programs in creative writing.
Congratulations Valetudinarian!: And Other Vexing Vocabulary Words
The proliferation of irrelatives in the English language.