Digital Book World reports e-book revenue growth is slowing; Dwight Garner parses the legacy of the Oxford American; the Millions features useful holiday gifts ideas for writers; and other news.
In the United Kingdom, thieves robbed Brontë Chapel, where the Brontë sisters were baptized; Arthur Krystal explores the sometimes-heated discussion concerning genre and literary fiction; literary agent Janet Reid offers advice to writers interested in self-publishing.
Tips for building your National Novel Writing Month survival kit; Barnes & Noble's founder, Leonard Riggio, intends to build and furnish one hundred homes in New Orleans; young Eudora Welty's failed attempt at landing a job at the New Yorker; and other news.
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Southwest Review, Oxford American, Midwestern Gothic, the Los Angeles Review, ZYZZYVA, Hawk & Handsaw, and Common.
So how did John Dufresne—the eldest of four children of French-Canadian parents, a boy who grew up in the Catholic, blue-collar Grafton Hill neighborhood of Worcester, Massachusetts, a boy for whom it was beyond imagining that a man might find his vocation in words—become a noted short story writer, a sought-after teacher of creative writing, and the author of three acclaimed novels, two of which are set well below the Mason-Dixon line? In part, the answer is a keen ear for the music of language and an eye for the telling detail.