After the success of Look at Me, her eerily prescient social satire of American life, what did Jennifer Egan turn to next? The gothic novel, of course.
Powers of Perception: A Profile of Jennifer Egan
Fiction writer Jennifer Egan experiments with the gothic form in her new novel The Keep.
A Testament of Fate: A Profile of Daniel Mendelsohn
Critic Daniel Mendelsohn traces family members killed in the Holocaust in his new memoir The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million.
Hold Back and Give: A Profile of Alice Notley
Poet Alice Notley gathered poems from over twenty books—some out of print—or her new collection Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970—2005.
Featherproof Books: Using a Dose of Humor to Sell Fiction
Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger use humor to promote Featherproof Books titles.
Ryan Murphy's One-Shots: Discovering the Real Work of Poetry
Each handmade chapbook published by Ryan Murphy has a unique name given to its "press."
Slowly but surely, the independent press Host has established a reputation as a publisher of literary translations from countries such as Brazil, Chile, Poland, Belgium, and Uruguay.
News and Trends
Although Janet Fitch's Paint It Black, published this month by Little, Brown, is a work of fiction, the author drew inspiration from many genres, most notably poetry, while she was working on her follow-up to White Oleander.
Two weeks after he was chosen to succeed Ted Kooser as poet laureate, Donald Hall spoke about his newfound responsibilities.
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 the Paris Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the Iowa Review, and Speakeasy.
As the number of poetry readings in communities across the country continues to grow, a format that was once relatively rare—the marathon—is becoming increasingly popular.
Workman Publishing imprint Black Dog and Leventhal reissues King Lear and Macbeth, the illustrated Shakespeare plays originally published in the 1980s—before graphic novels acquired a mainstream audience—as part of its Graphic Shakespeare series.
Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Seal Press and Bear Star Press.
Fueled by equal parts biodiesel gas and small press ambition, the Wave Books 2006 Poetry Bus Tour is scheduled to roll through forty-nine cities during the next two months, beginning in Seattle on September 4.
This installment of Page One features excerpts from The Exquisite by Laird Hunt and A Three Dog Life by Jack Pendarvis.
The Practical Writer
You Ought to Be In Pictures: A Story Writer's Guide to Film Adaptation
Short stories have frequently proven a good fit for movie adaptations.
Making [Up] History: A Guide to the Art of Anthologies
The editors of the anthology A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing talk about the process of compiling the book.
The Literary Life
The Art of Reading Philip Roth: Turning Sentences Around
A writer looks at the books of Philip Roth to figure out why he's considered the Great American Novelist.
The Posthumous Pickle: Some Notes on the Rough Work of Genius
The posthumous publication of Elizabeth Bishop's Edgar Allan Poe and the Juke-Box raises questions about what to do with writers' drafts.
Let me be the last—the absolute dead last—to point out that we're in the midst of a memoir craze. My favorite form of procrastination used to be computer solitaire, but now I prefer to chat on the phone with my writing friends and discuss the ongoing boom in autobiographical literature. We speculate like housing developers prognosticating on the real estate market. Will the bubble pop? Will prices continue to rise? Will market trends ever again veer toward literary fiction?