May/June 2007

In her new novel, Their Dogs Came With Them, Helena Marí­a Viramontes writes about the Chicano community in East Los Angeles during the '60s, a tumultuous time for the entire nation, but especially for the neighborhood of her youth.

Features

New Frontiers in Fiction: A Profile of Helena María Viramontes

by Renee H. Shea
Print Only

In her new novel, Their Dogs Came With Them, Helena María Viramontes writes about the Chicano community in East Los Angeles during the '60s, a tumultuous time for the entire nation, but especially for the neighborhood of her youth.  

Big Six: An Inside Look at the Largest Publishers of Literary Books in the United States

by Staff
Print Only

As companies merge and editors move from one house to the next, book publishing continues to be a big business in constant flux. To help creative writers keep track of who's publishing what, we take a look at the six largest publishers of literary...

News and Trends

Creative Copyrighting

by Doug Diesenhaus

Best-selling novelist Jonathan Lethem has stepped into the copyright spotlight with an unusual proposal that he hopes will make the industry think differently about copyright protection and how it's used.

Tags: 

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 Ohio Review, New Ohio Review, the Atlanta Review, and HoboEye.

The Next Step in Print On Demand

by Anna Mantzaris

On Demand Books, a New York City–based company founded in 2003, has installed the first beta versions of the Espresso Book Machine, a freestanding device that receives orders through a computer for particular titles and publishes the books within minutes.

Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Coffee House Press, Alice James Books, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, Graywolf Press, and Salt Publishing.

Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Chemistry and Other Stories by Ron Rash and Music for Landing Planes By by Éireann Lorsung.

The Practical Writer

Workshop: Is the PhD the New MFA?

by Azita Osanloo
Print Only

As a flood of MFA graduates saturates the academic job market, a higher degree may boost writers' chances of landing coveted teaching positions.  

The Literary Life

The Art of Reading Nathanael West: Simple Was His Pilgrimage and Brief

by Joe Woodward
Print Only

Nathanael West was one of the most important novelists of the twentieth century, a critic of American politics, American thinking, and American myths.

Classifieds