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Nerfy Po

Nerf ball stuck at the net. In the early to mid 1990s I often engaged in epic nerfball contests with Po Brons0n., Who had the upper hand? I…

Mailbag: Bellemeade Books and Jonathan Williams

Mark Bromberg of Bellemeade Books writes on the subject of Jonathan Williams, author and publisher of the Jargon Society (we published his The Magpie’s Bagpipe at North Point…

Mailbag: Electric Literature 2 (and party)

Andy Hunter, Editor in Chief of Electric Literature, writes: I wanted to let you know we just released our 2nd issue, featuring work by Colson Whitehead, Lydia Davis,…

Will Powers (1946-2009) and “The Printer’s Error”

A friend and colleague, Will Powers, died suddenly of a heart attack on August 25. I had worked with Will when I was at North Point Press, employing…

100 Best Curator and Museum Blogs; Or, Link-building Made Easy

The blog of the museum for which I do publications recently appeared on a list of “100 best curator and museum blogs.” The list was attributed to someone…

Why are you here?

I’m curious what topics readers of this blog are most interested in. If you’ve visited before you probably realize that this blog deals with all sorts of book…

Amazon’s appalling policy

Many authors, among them C. Dale Young, report that Amazon is censoring books with sexual, and especially GLBT, content by removing them from their rankings, apparently in an…

Writers reading Right Reading

The image at right is a selection from my inlinks tag in Google Reader. It shows websites that have been linking to mine (these are all via Google…

Rethinking twitter

In recent weeks I’ve gradually been turning twitter into something somewhat useful. To do so I had to undo my foolish initial approach to it.

Mutanabbi Street reading

There will be a reading from the Mutanabbi Street anthology that Red Hen Press recently published, tomorrow, March 11, at 7:30 at Overland Books in San Francisco. The…

Should publishing be open?

Tim O’Reilly makes some points in its favor. .

Charles Montgomery Burns Blogging Award

Almost a year ago, the excellent India Ink was tagged for excellence in blogging, an award she rebranded as the Charles Montgomery Burns Award. Mr. Burns is the…

Hiring

The Writers Center is looking for a Business and Operations Manager, “overseeing day-to-day business functions and facility upkeep and maintenance.” The job pays $35-40K. They are located in…

The kindness of strangers

Here’s a cool thing. I received an e-mail yesterday from Dave Kellam, someone I didn’t know. An excerpt: Just found your blog today, via India Amos. I’m an…

Literary Prizes

Having served on several literary award committees, ranging from local ones like the Northern California Book Awards to national gigs like serving as an NEA panelist, I recognized…

Seen at BEA

A few sightings from this year’s book publishing trade convention: Dan Halpern of Ecco Press among a group of people hoping to win Sex and the City tickets….

Literary dealbreakers

That’s what Rachel Donadio, in an article in the New York Times, calls this sort of situation: You’re in the getting-to-know-you stages of a relationship, and you encounter…

Your shelves

Yourshelves.com is a project of kimbooktu, who explains: I collect pictures of libraries of ordinary people. People who love to read – and collect – books from all…

Policy statement

It has become necessary for me to articulate policies that will be posted on my blogs. Outright spam is straightforward to deal with, but here and elsewhere I…

Sites we like: Galley Cat

Galley Cat is the blog to visit for insider news from the NYC heart of the publishing industry. I spent most of my career with independent presses outside…

Reading tomorrow at Litquake

I’ll be among a group reading translations from Latin American literature. The other participants include Elizabeth Bell, Michael Koch, Anita Seg√°stegui, and John Oliver Simon. The event will…

10 Questions: Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director, Small Press Distribution / CLMP

Ten Questions is an occasional feature in which folks involved in some aspect of publishing kindly oblige my interrogative impulses. Today I’m talking with Jeffrey Lependorf, who serves…

Social Book Cataloguing Sites

Publishers Weekly compares three book cataloguing sites: LibraryThing.com, Shelfari.com and GoodReads.com. These sites allow users to keyword tag and comment on books they own or have read. The…

Who are these people?

Or to put it another way, what do they have in common? Make your best guess. Answer tomorrow.