Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

October 9, 2001—All the lonely people indeed." The Epicure's Lament (Doubleday, February 2004) by Kate Christensen. Third book, novel. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan. Editor: Gerry Howard.

"For the time being / call me Home." Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, March 2004) by Matthea Harvey. Second book, poetry. Agent: None. Editor: Jeff Shotts.

"When the officer stepped back, I was the first to pass through the broken police seal." In My Father's Footsteps (Norton, January 2004) by Sebastian Matthews. First book, memoir. Agent: Diana Finch. Editor: Carol Houck Smith.

"This is the story of how I came to momentary prominence in the world of poetry and, through a series of misunderstandings, destroyed my good name and became a nobody." Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z. (Random House, January 2004) by Debra Weinstein. Second book, first novel. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy. Editor: Ileene Smith.

"This is how I became rich: I was at home at four-thirty on a Friday afternoon." Voyage to the End of the Room (Counterpoint, January 2004) by Tibor Fischer. Fifth book, fourth novel. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. Editor: Dawn Seferian.

"We are each the love of someone's life." The Confessions of Max Tivoli (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 2004) by Andrew Sean Greer. Third book, second novel. Agent: Bill Clegg. Editor: Frances Coady.

"I'm not sure if it's a compliment or not when friends tell me that my prose sounds like my poetry." What I Can't Bear Losing: Notes From a Life (Norton, November 2003) by Gerald Stern. Fourteenth book, first essay collection. Agent: Christina Ward. Editor: Carol Houck Smith.

"My old friend Chick sells guns out of a hamper he keeps in his basement." Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories (Vintage Books, January 2004) by Jim Shepard. Seventh book, second short story collection. Agent: Peter Matson. Editor: Gary Fisketjon.

"There was a man dwelt by a churchyard." The Whole Story and Other Stories (Anchor Books, March 2004) by Ali Smith. Fifth book, third short story collection. Agent: Kim Witherspoon. Editor: Luann Walther.

"Poets, for instance, made poems that might-if the poet was lucky and talented and careful-endure for a thousand years." John Gardner: Literary Outlaw (Algonquin Books, January 2004) by Barry Silesky. Third book, second biography. Agent: Nat Sobel. Editor: Shannon Ravenel.

"Into the emptiness that weighs / More than the universe / Another universe begins / Smaller than the last." The Cosmos Trilogy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2003) by Frederick Seidel. Ninth book, poetry. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Galassi.