Daily News from Poets & Writers
Tomorrow night, the New York Center for Independent Publishing (previously the Small Press Center) will host a panel discussion titled "Save Our Book Reviews!" as part of the National Book Critics Circle's ongoing "Campaign to Save Book Reviews."
Last year's book sales rose slightly over 2005, the New York Times reports today. According to a study by the Book Industry Study Group, publishers sold 3.1 billion books in 2006, up just 0.5 percent from 2005, when 3.09 billion were published.
Brad Vice’s short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, was recently published—again.
A used bookstore owner in Kansas City, Missouri, began burning his collection of books yesterday, the Associated Press reported.
George Burke and Shamoon Siddiqui recently launched Bookswim, an online operation that allows readers to rent books much the same way Netflix allows people to rent movies. The two graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology posted a beta version of the Web site at www.bookswim.com.
German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG recently initiated major changes to Bookspan, the company responsible for Book-of-the-Month Club, that it acquired from Time, Inc., last month.
The Small Press Center, the nonprofit organization in New York City that has sponsored Small Press Month in March for the past eleven years, recently announced that it will change its name to the New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP).
Jonathan Lethem, author of the recently published novel You Don't Love Me Yet (Doubleday), yesterday chose to give away the novel's film adaptation rights to Greg Marcks.
Richard Nash announced yesterday that Soft Skull Press, the independent publisher based in Brooklyn, plans to be aquired by Winton, Shoemaker & Co, the same company that last week acquired Counterpoint Press from Perseus Book Group. Nash, the publisher of Soft Skull, will become editorial director of Perseus's new Soft Skull imprint as well as executive editor of the Counterpoint imprint.
The digital print-on-demand service Lulu.com announced yesterday that Colby Buzzell, a former U.S. machine-gunner in post-invasion Iraq, has won the Lulu Blooker Prize for his memoir My War: Killing Time in Iraq (Putnam, 2005).
As part of Perseus Books Group's integration of Avalon—a merger that was announced earlier this year—Perseus has formed six publishing divisions and in the process eliminated at least twenty-four positions.
The Poetry Foundation recently announced that Lucille Clifton will receive this year's Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The annual award honors a U.S. poet "whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition."
On May 22, Bloodshot Records, an independent record label in Chicago, will release a tribute CD in honor of late author Larry Brown, whose last, unfinished novel, A Miracle of Fish, was recently published by Algonquin Books.
McSweeney's, the Georgia Review, and the Paris Review won National Magazine Awards on Tuesday night.
The British literary magazine Granta, which last month published its second issue devoted to the "Best Young American Novelists," recently named Jason Cowley as its new editor. Cowley, who was the literary editor of the New Statesman for five years, will succeed Ian Jack in September.
Today marks the official start of the third annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City. The six-day schedule of events includes readings, lectures, and panel discussions featuring 162 writers from forty-five different countries representing twenty-one different languages.
The opening of Dickens World, a $115 million theme park in Chatham, England, was recently delayed six weeks due to a problem with some of the materials used in its interactive shows.
Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin). Also nominated were Martín Espada for The Republic of Poetry (Norton) and David Wojahn for Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004 (University of Pittsburgh Press).
A controversial painting of a young woman in a white dress holding a green parasol will be sold at auction next Thursday at Christie's in New York City. Some say it's the only oil painting of the 19th-century British author Jane Austen in existence.