Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jeanne Leiby, Editor of The Southern Review Has Died

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 20th, 2011

Jeanne Leiby, the editor of the literary journal The Southern Review died on Tuesday in a single-car crash in Louisiana, reports the LA Times. The Southern Review is one of America’s most respected and longstanding literary magazines, and Leiby, who served as editor for the past three years, has been praised not only for navigating budget challenges at the Review’s home-university of LSA and bringing the magazine into the digital age, but also adding a welcome level of warmth and humanness to hear dealings with writers.

In a blog post on the TSR blog, for instance, she discusses her practice of calling writers whose work she is accepting:

I spend a lot of my life rejecting things—that’s the reality of my job. When I find something that excites me so much I want to put it in print, I’m happy, I’m thrilled. In the moment of the call, the writer likes me and I like her and we celebrate the work. I call because we—all of us at TSR—strive to build long-term relationships with our writers. We want to engage as much as possible in their writing lives because it’s our job.

Leiby was a beloved presence in the literary world and will be much missed.  More information is available on the LSU Web site.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 20th, 2011

Today’s links!

The Ghost (Writer) of Sarah Palin: The Daily Beast talks to her.

The National Arts Club: Here’s a strange story from the Observer about the far stranger president of the National Arts Club.

A Sign: Downtown New York resident are asking Borders to remove an eyesore sign from a landmark building in which the company is shutting down a store.

Rainy Day Books: The KC Star talks to a bookseller that’s surviving.

David’s Books: This Ann Arbor bookseller is closing after 32 years.

Why The ‘Three Cups’ Scandal Doesn’t Matter: Laura Miller at Salon explains.

Writing in LA: The Millions takes a close look.

Microsoft Vs. B&N: The U.S. International Trade Commission has begun an investigation into Microsoft’s patent infringement  complaint against Barnes & Noble.

New Poetry Book Series Features Mountain West Poets

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 19th, 2011

The Fort Collins, CO-based Center for Literary Publishing is debuting a new poetry book series this Spring called the Mountain West Poetry Series. All poets published in the series are residents of either Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The series will be edited by CLP director and Colorado Review Editor Stephanie G’Shwind and poet Donald Revell, who is one of the poetry editors of Colorado Review.  The series is funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The first four books in the series are:

We Are Starved by Joshua Kryah (June 2011)

The City She Was by Carmen Gimenez Smith (November 2011)

Upper Level Disturbances by Kevin Goodan (June 2012)

The Two Standards by Heather Winterer (November 2012)

CLP is a nonprofit which also publishes the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry book contest (Full disclosure: CLP published this blogger’s first book) as well as the literary journal Colorado Review.  The new series will be published in addition to these other publications.

It’s still National Poetry Month, and a new book series is big news for poetry…

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 19th, 2011

Today’s links!

Amazing Ads: Check out this awesome ad campaign for bookstores. From Laughing Squid.

Grossman on Books: Lev Grossman talks to the West Australian about the American book biz.

Devices > Jobs: The WSJ contends that e-readers are boosting job growth at publishers.

Goon Movie: Would Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad make a good movie, wonders Movie Line?

Rushdie Recommends: The Guardian tells what books Rushdie picked for NYC hotel rooms.

Modern-er Times: SF’s Modern Times bookstore has secured a new location, reports the Bay Citizen.

Pulitzers 2011: PW Knew Them When…

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 18th, 2011

Congrats to the winners of this year’s Pulitzers in letters.  Before these folks were big winners, PW interviewed, profiled, or at least reviewed them all. Here are links to our past coverage and reviews:

Jennifer Egan (Fiction):
Our Review of A Visit From the Goon Squad

Siddhartha Mukherjee (Nonfiction):
The Art of Cancer: A Profile
Our Review of The Emperor of All Maladies

Ron Chernow (Biography):
Our Review of Washington: A Life

Eric Foner (History):
Our Review of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Kay Ryan (Poetry):
Pedaling Up Parnassus: A Profile
Our Review of The Best of It

The PW Morning Report: Monday, April 18, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 18th, 2011

New week, new links!

Borders Bargain Hunting: The Washington Post looks at bargains found at soon-to-be-closed Borders.

Microsoft History: The NYT looks at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s autobiography, which pubs tomorrow.

Joseph-Beth: The Lexington Herald Leader considers the future of Joseph-Beth books as the bankruptcy auction looms.

Accusing ‘Tea’: ’60 Minutes’ ran a segment accusing author Greg Mortenson of fabricating parts of his bestseller Three Cups of Tea. From the LA Times.

Defending ‘Tea’: Mortenson defends his book against accusations of fabrication. From the  NYT.

James Frey: He talks to Newsweek about his new book.

Jim Woodring Interviewed: Comics genius Jim Woodring interviewed by the Rumpus.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, April 15, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 15th, 2011

Today’s links!

Borders Bonus Bummer: A judge told Borders it must renegotiate its bonus plan. From The Detroit News.

Remember When: Gizmodo remembers 1999, when the NYT‘s Thomas Friedman said Amazon would never catch on.

The Onion on Author Events: A satirical article about an author giving it her all at a reading.

Staples to Sell Nook Color: Starting May 1. From Slash Gear.

Kindle DX On Sale: Down from $399 to $299.

Eating Dirt: Salon/ B&N Review looks closely at a book about eating dirt.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 14th, 2011

Today’s links!

Borders Files Lease Cancellation Requests: It’s filed 12 of them in the last three weeks. From CoStar Group.

Rushdie Selects: Salman Rushdie will pick ten books to place in hotel rooms during the PEN World Voices festival. From the New York Post.

Kindle Signing: Digital signatures may be the next big thing. From the NYT.

Forward by Jay Leno: A HuffPo contributor explains how his book ended up with a forward by Leno.

Precious Paper: Former Random House CEO Alberto Vitale tells Wharton Knowledge that print books will evolve into much more precious products.

E-Books and UK Libraries: E-books are starting to work their way into the UK library system. From the Guardian.

Bitter Borders Signs

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 13th, 2011

In the wake of Borders bankruptcy, employees of some Borders stores slated for closure have been expressing their anger and bitterness in some pretty funny point-of-purchase signs in their stores.  The blog BuzzFeed has been rounding up some of the best, including the ones above and below, and they are well worth checking out.  There’s more where these came from.

[via GalleyCat]