The New York Times Publishes a Colson Whitehead Excerpt—In Print Only
In its Sunday, August 7 edition, The New York Times published a special, twelve-page pull-out section featuring an excerpt from Colson Whitehead’s new novel, The Underground Railroad. The excerpt was only published in the print version of the paper—not online. The excerpt ran with an Editor’s Note that read, in part:
“We are proud to bring you this important work, the first in what will be an occasional series of long excerpts from new and forthcoming books, edited and presented by The New York Times Magazine in the form of special print-only sections. Though we are excited by innovations like virtual reality and digital storytelling, we also recognize the lasting power of the broadsheet. … It is a special ink-on-paper product, one not available in digital form. It is finite and tactile; to read it you must have gotten your hands on the Sunday paper.”
So if you didn’t pick a copy up, make friends with someone who did. It’s absolutely worth it.
Poet Kevin Young Named New Director of Schomburg Center
Kevin Young has been appointed director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a division of the New York Public Library. The center is a leading repository for archival materials relating to African and African American life, history, and culture. Young, the author of eleven books of poetry and criticism, will begin his work at the center in the fall. About his new position, Young said, “The Schomburg has always been this really important place for me and for the community. It’s such an interesting time for libraries and archives, given the rise of digital collections and changes in reading. I’m really eager to get down to the nitty-gritty of helping the Schomburg continue its journey into the 21st century.”
|2017 George Garrett Award Nominations
Nominations for the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature are now being accepted. The deadline for to submit a nomination is Thursday, September 15. The award includes a $2,000 honorarium in addition to travel, accommodations, and registration to attend AWP's annual conference, where the award is publicly announced and conferred. Previous winners include Jonis Agee, Grace Cavalieri, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Allison Joseph, Askold Melnyczuk, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Bob Shacochis.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: Team hard copy or team ebook...and why?
Some of the passionate answers we received:
Amanda Rachelle Warren: Team both. I need a thing in my hands to sell at readings and get into bookstores that aren't virtual, but I need an ebook version to reach those who rely mainly on ereaders. I have no idea why anyone would want to limit themselves to only one format. That seems like a poor choice.
The Ink Snack: Hard copy for novels, poetry, etc; e-book for news and reference. I missed so much about printed books when I used my tablet.
dava stewart: #teamboth for lots of reasons. I like the way books look on my shelves, and I like having a whole library on my phone. I like being able to touch a word and have its definition, but I also like being able to stick a piece of paper with notes on it to reference a passage later.
Shar Banning: Lately for me it's been audio books or nothing :( I love sitting down with a print book, but it's been over 2 years since I've been able to carve out the time for something like that, so I listen to books during my commute so I can still "read" I feel like it's cheating though.
D.W. Metz: ebooks for travel and impulse purchases (especially w/ sample content); print for signed copies and apocalypse friendly
EDML: For poetry, hard copy: I haven't found an ebook (Kindle, Nook, etc.) that adequately maintains the integrity of line breaks.
Damian Trasler: Team e-book for my stuff because you'd be mad to publish it in real. But I can take either ebooks or real books for reading. Love the convenience of taking a bunch of books away on one kindle, plus the ability to buy the next in the series without getting out of bed. On the other hand, few things in life are a satisfying to the soul as a well-ordered bookcase.
Devyani Borade: Team "Book". I don't care what format it is in, as long as it is worth my time to read!
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|Register Early for #AWP17 and Save
Join us in Washington, DC, February 8–11, for the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair, which will celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary! Enjoy four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. Early bird registration is open, so register now to take advantage of our most discounted rates.
|Thank a Writer!
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|August 25: #AWPpubs tweet chat about submitting to our publications
September 2: Ad reservation deadline for the Oct/Nov Writer's Chronicle