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Thu, April 17th, 2014
ILA names new “Soon to be Famous” Author
Posted by: Rebecca

Librarians have not always been willing to embrace self-published authors. It’s hard to spend limited dollars on an unproven book, and when it’s an e-only title, it’s even harder to add the book to the collection. But we can’t ignore self-publishing for long—last year, self-published books made up 32% of the Amazon best-seller list.  How […]


Wed, November 20th, 2013
Remembering Charlotte Zolotow
Posted by: Michael Cart

I first met the legendary editor/publisher/author Charlotte Zolotow, who has died at the age of 98, sometime in the late 1980s, when she was a guest on the cable television author interview program “In Print,” which I was hosting and co-producing at the time. I was all-a-tremble at the prospect, since I held her in […]


Thu, February 9th, 2012
Oh, Canada! ChiZine Signs Distribution Deal
Posted by: Keir Graff

When I first heard of the indie publisher ChiZine, I was certain they were Chicago-based—and assumed they had started life as a ‘zine. And yet I never ran into any ChiZine folks in my Chicago perambulations. Then, at a recent conference, I was introduced to the very nice folks behind the imprint and learned they were […]


Tue, January 31st, 2012
A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on “The Road”
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It would be like ‘The Road,’ ” one publishing executive in New York said, half-jokingly, referring to the Cormac McCarthy novel. “The post-apocalyptic world of publishing, with publishers pushing shopping carts down Broadway.” This quote in a recent New York Times article (“The Bookstore’s Last Stand,” by Julie Bosman) reminded me of a short story […]


Mon, August 15th, 2011
Save the Monstrumologist
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Pellinore Warthrop, the arrogant, brilliant hero of Rick Yancey’s thrice-starred Monstrumologist series, is in trouble. Snap to, Will Henry, and rescue your master! Or that’s what we would say if this was a story. Unfortunately, it’s a very real tale of art versus commerce, and the only one who might be able to help is […]


Mon, May 2nd, 2011
The Case of the Missing Author: Solved!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read the Mystery Showcase feature “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” read it right this instant. Don’t do it for me; do it for Joseph P. DeSario, the author of Sanctuary–I novel I fell in love with when I was 15 and read repeatedly until three months ago when I tracked down DeSario and discovered […]


Mon, November 29th, 2010
A Family Affair
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The next year will bring a torrent of arresting literary memoirs, memoirs by writers about literary parents or husbands or near-relatives. Joyce Carol Oates remembers her late editor husband, Raymond Smith, in A Widow’s Story. Anne Roiphe chronicles her stint as muse to her unstable first husband in a forthcoming memoir. Gail Godwin sheds light […]


Fri, October 29th, 2010
Weeklings: The Novel’s Dream of Itself, E-books on Campus, Google’s Poetry Translations, Prolific Authors, Prison Books, and Sterling’s Gold
Posted by: Keir Graff

There sure are a lot of pieces about the relationship between books and paper, which makes sense. We need a lot of thinking to make sense of this changing media environment. Much as I had a hard time working up the energy to read yet one more take, I was glad I read Tom Chatfield’s “Do […]


Fri, October 1st, 2010
Weeklings: Virginia Quarterly Review, E-books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Much of the media coverage of the suicide of Kevin Morrissey, the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s managing editor, was downright sensationalistic, teasing out allegations that he may have been driven to it by the bullying of his boss, editor Ted Genoways. Now, in Slate, Emily Bazelon’s “Tragedy at the Virginia Quarterly Review” offers a more nuanced and […]


Fri, September 3rd, 2010
Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on NPR.org (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]





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