Daily News from Poets & Writers

Amazon Draws Protest With Used Books Sales

5.24.02

When Amazon began selling used books alongside new titles in November 2000, top executives at the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers protested the practice, arguing that it pays nothing to writers and publishers. Nearly two years later, the online retail giant's successful marketing of used books has renewed the dispute.

Familiar Finalist: Franzen Among PEN/Faulkner Award Hopefuls

3.8.02
The other finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the country's largest peer-juried prize for fiction, are Karen Jay Fowler for Sister Noon (Marion Wood/G.P. Putnam's Sons), Claire Messud for The Hunters (Harcourt), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (HarperCollins), and Manil Suri for The Death of Vishnu (Norton).

Sixth Annual Small Press Month Honors Indie Publishers

3.1.02
While Small Press Month may not yet attract the kind of commercial recognition that the Academy's National Poetry Month garners, the reason for the hoopla is just as significant. Consider this: According to a survey published in 1999 by the Book Industry Study Group and PMA, fifty thousand independent publishers accounted for $14.3 billion in book sales during that year. Karin Taylor, the executive director of the Small Press Center, says she wouldn't be surprised if those numbers had risen.

New York Times Begins Publishing Original Poetry

2.22.02

The New York Times began publishing original poetry in the Book Review on February 17. New York City poet Nathanial Bellows's "Harm's Woods" was the first entry in what will be a regular feature of the Sunday edition of the newspaper.

Carole Baron Named New President of G.P. Putnam

11.14.01

Carole Baron was named president of the G.P. Putnam & Sons division of the nation's second largest book publisher, Penguin Putnam, on November 6. Baron fills the position previously held by Phyllis Grann, who resigned in September.

Book-of-the-Month Club Reinstates Panel of Judges

9.7.01

The Book-of-the-Month Club, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, recently announced the return of its editorial board of judges, a four-member panel of best-selling authors that recommends at least five books to members of the club each year.

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