Monthly Archives: October 2011

Innovators in Lit #12: Michele Filgate

I first met Michele Filgate when she was the events coordinator at the wonderful RiverRun Books in Portsmouth, NH. She is now the events coordinator for the equally awesome McNally Jackson. In addition to her career in indie bookselling, Michele … Continue reading

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The Importance of Community

Initially, I think, the new writer figures they are committing to an Emily Dickinson life: isolated and lonely, accompanied only by a pen and paper. The life of a writer, however, has to be populated by others. It took me … Continue reading

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This Is Not Your City

This Is Not Your City Caitlin Horrocks Sarabande Books, June 2011 224 pages $15.95 This post was written by Hannah Gersen. There are no small epiphanies in Caitlin Horrocks’s short stories, only huge, life-changing decisions. In her debut collection, This … Continue reading

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Denis Leary To Host Ploughshares’ 40th Anniversary Fundraiser at Emerson College

1. Do you live in/near Boston? 2. If yes, do you like this guy: 3. If yes, do you also love Ploughshares and want to support us and what we do? If you answered yes to all of these questions … Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh Ballantine Books, August 2011 336 pages (includes appended floriographic dictionary) $25.00 Victoria Jones, the troubled heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel, has just been emancipated from California’s foster care system, after a childhood surrounded … Continue reading

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Pshares at the Boston Book Festival

On Saturday October 15, 2011, Copley Square in Boston was crawling with book lovers at the third annual Boston Book Festival. Ploughshares has been a participant for three years as well, and every year we look forward to meeting local readers … Continue reading

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Innovators in Lit #11: New Directions

New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin issued the first of the New Directions anthologies, which introduced readers to the early work of William Saroyan, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Delmore Schwartz, Dylan Thomas, John Hawkes, Denise Levertov, James … Continue reading

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Book Review Editor Speaks: Literature of Place

In this week’s reviews on the blog, Claire Blechman calls Ned Zeman’s new book, Rules of the Tunnel, “a very L.A. memoir.” (“In the Manhattan version,” she adds, “we’d be spending lots of quality time in the patient-writer’s head.”) Julia … Continue reading

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The Follow-Up: Josh Weil

I’m going to be talking to a few authors whose first books I admired and see what they’re working on in terms of a second book. One of the things that interests me here is how writers move from a … Continue reading

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Literary Brooklyn

Literary Brooklyn, The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life Evan Hughes Henry Holt and Company, August 2011 352 pages $17.00 This post was written by Julia Lichtblau. Pick a published writer these days, and odds are … Continue reading

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