Robert Galbraith—author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling—is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling; Brad Leithauser details the advantages of reading a poem backward; Nicholas Rombes revisits Shirley Jackson’s 1951 novel Hangsaman; and other news.
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A heavy-hitting agent who for twenty-two years has represented some of the biggest literary writers in the country, Eric Simonoff discusses recent changes in the publishing industry, the pitfalls of self-publishing, and what he's learned about staying creative.
Don Share has been named editor of Poetry; Hector Tobar reports new details have arisen concerning the 1975 assassination of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton; Macmillan CEO John Sargent's candid thoughts about the DOJ lawsuit; and other news.
Truman Capote's marked-up Breakfast at Tiffany's manuscript is up for auction; Colorado-based Mud Luscious Press has shuttered; Rumpus managing editor Isaac Fitzgerald has been named publicity director for McSweeney’s; and other news.
With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Denise Duhamel’s Blowout and Phillip Lopate’s Portrait Inside My Head, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.
Reagan Arthur has been named the next publisher of Little, Brown; David L. Ulin discusses the newly-published work of New Yorker legend Joseph Mitchell; novelist Alix Ohlin considers the intricate relationship between male writers and female readers; and other news.
GalleyCat lists a few ideas of how authors can make use of Twitter’s new Vine; Peter Osnos considers the fate of Barnes & Noble; Publishers Lunch has created a new edition of Buzz Books—a free e-book which features excerpts from upcoming releases; and other news.
Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.
Jeffrey Eugenides shared career advice in a speech to ten young writers; Mashable lists five new companies aiming to improve the experience of reading e-books; novelist Dennis Lehane has promised to include the person who returns his missing beagle in his next book.
Jennifer Egan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, has left Knopf, and joined Scribner, which reportedly offered Egan seven figures for her next two books; Patti Smith intends to write a sequel to Just Kids; Elissa Schappell lists her favorite books of 2012; and other news.