Publisher’s Weekly Archive

Being Seen: Latinx and Queer Visibility at Writing Conferences

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Visibility isn’t a vague term. You either see Latinx and Queer writers or you don’t. I don’t want to believe that literary conferences deliberately exclude writers, but I do believe that an oversight is made when a conference planning committee doesn’t try to represent every aspect of the literary
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Round-Up: NC Anti-Trans Bill, Who Reads the Most e-Books, and PEN’s Israeli Sponsorship

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From authors who are taking a stand for human rights to a new study revealing who reads the most e-books, here’s all of last week’s literary news:   Several authors have responded to North Carolina’s anti-trans bill by canceling scheduled appearances in the state on their book tours. However, these cancellations may
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Round-Down: Author Solutions Faces Author Problems

Back in 2013, three writers sued Author Solutions, a self-publishing service, citing a list of grievances against the company. Andrew Albanese’s article at Publisher’s Weekly notes that the authors claim Author Solutions “misrepresents itself, luring authors in with claims that its books can compete with ‘traditional publishers,’ offering ‘greater
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Round-Down: Penguin Random House Launches Its New Website

  It has been a little less than three years since the Penguin-Random House merger announcement was made, and the new company, Penguin Random House, just recently launched its new, joint website. The site is clean, highly functional, and features a home page that encourages engagement with PRH’s many excellent authors and
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Round-Down: Saludos to the Spanish-Speaking Reader

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Those in the U.S. who speak Spanish in the home can rejoice: now, more easily than ever in this country, Spanish speakers can also find books in their lengua materna—and not just translations from English to Spanish. Real, authentic stories from all over the Spanish-speaking world are in demand
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Round-Down: the Cost of Higher Minimum Wage for Bookstores

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A recent article in the San Francisco Gate announced the imminent closing of yet another bookstore–Borderlands Books, which exclusively sells, according to its website, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror titles. It’s sad news, no doubt, but it’s also—pun unintended but liked—downright scary news. On its current home page,
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Round-Down: Is Evaluating Great Literature A Democratic or Elitist Prospect?

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With many year-end best of 2014 book lists pouring out on the tail end of the National Book Award announcements last month, as well as with prize nominations opening up this month for the Pulitzers, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about literary merit prizes and how they influence
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Crossing Over: Literary Fiction Writers Tackling YA

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The other day I was browsing in a favorite bookstore, moving backward through the alphabet, when I noticed Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, toward the front of the As in Fiction. I stopped and looked around. Had I walked into the Young Adult/Children’s
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