According to Bowker, self-published books rose 59 percent last year; Daniel Tiffany explores the uses and pitfalls of poetic kitsch; on CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose spoke with novelist Donna Tartt about her influences and inspiration; and other news.
With an increasing number of self-publishing platforms available online, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. This roundup of available services will help make sense of the options.
In the second installment of Where We Write, a fiction writer takes a trip back home to Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the town that still inspires her work, long after she's moved away.
An exhibition of poet John Ashbery’s possessions is on display in New York City; Eric Pomerance and Laurie Gwen Shapiro visit with impersonators who spend days as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott; Thomas Frank casts a gimlet eye on the rise of the creativity expert; and other news.
David Rosenbaum named new head the University of Missouri Press; Apple is developing a technology for embedding signatures in e-books; Justin St. Clair considers the postmodern legacy of Thomas Pynchon; and other news.
Kwame Dawes has composed a poem for slain poet Kofi Awoonor; Jason Diamond looks at twenty cities that are great for writers; the Oxford American showcases great photographs taken by Eudora Welty; and other news.
For Banned Books Week, the Los Angeles Times created a gallery of banned books; Forbes looks at how new digital tools are reinvigorating poetry; Jason Diamond consider the merits of Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers; and other news.
The Randolph County, North Carolina, board of education voted to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from school libraries; the life and death of an adjunct professor; novelist Cari Luna reveals how economic forces pushed her out of New York City; and other news.
James Patterson announced he would give one million dollars to independent bookstores; Tobias Carroll reports on attending the midnight release party for Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge; Melville House does the numbers on New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani; and other news.
Author Jhumpa Lahiri dismisses the idea of immigrant fiction; Shaj Mathem visits Roberto Bolaño’s unpublished work; Sarah Marty-Schlipf teaches creative writing to women in jail; and other news.