The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction announced yesterday that Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, is the recipient of the 2008 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. The award is given annually to recognize an editor, publisher, or agent "who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States."
The editors of TripAdvisor, a travel Web site that allows users to rate and review their vacation experiences, recently released a list of the top ten literary destinations worldwide. London took the top spot as "the home of literature we have spent so much time learning and loving," in the words of one TripAdvisor user, and was followed by three other locales in the British Isles.
Howard Junker, the stalwart editor of the San Francisco literary magazine ZYZZYVA, recently announced that he will retire at the end of next year. In the editor's note of the Fall 2008 issue, which was recently published, Junker makes clear that although there was discussion among board members about the possibility of the journal retiring along with its founding editor, ZYZZYVA will continue to be released three times a year after his departure.
Nineteen years after it was first published by Vintage Books, the paperback imprint of Random House has ordered twenty-five hundred additional copies of Jay McInerney's Story of My Life to be printed. The move comes not as a response to the sucess of McInerney's latest novel, but rather to last week's news that John Edwards had an affair with Rielle Hunter.
Sad as it may be, when poetry shows up on television it's big news. The blogosphere has been in a twitter over the recent appearance of Frank O'Hara's Meditations in an Emergency on Mad Men, the Golden Globe-winning drama series on AMC.