Former Houghton Mifflin Publisher Now Nan A. Talese Editor

by Staff
2.21.08
After Janet Silver was ousted as publisher of Houghton Mifflin's adult trade division last month, it was unclear where the fifty-three-year-old who had worked with the likes of Jhumpa Lahiri and Philip Roth would end up. All that was known was that Becky Saletan replaced Silver when she was named publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade Books, a unit that was created when Houghton Mifflin merged with Harcourt last summer.

John Sterling Steps Down as President of Holt

by Staff
2.15.08
John Sterling is stepping down as president and publisher of Henry Holt after nine years in the position, and will become executive vice president and editor-at-large at Macmillan, Holt's parent company. Sterling leaves the helm after a record-breaking year for Holt in terms of sales, profits, and bestsellers.
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Bridging the Gap: How to Teach Creative Writing Across the Generational Divide
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In “Bride in Beige: A Poet’s Approach to Memoir” (Poets & Writers Magazine, page 33), Mark Doty writes of his experience in building memoir out of memory. He notes that while “plenty of the past is unclear,” certain images remain “crystalline”—such as his sister’s beige suit in her wedding photograph. Draft a poem that begins with a similarly clear image of one object, keepsake, or photograph from your past. Try describing the one item in detail, and then see if the larger truth or importance of the item emerges as you further develop the poem.

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