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Literary Hub to Launch in April

Electric Literature and Grove Atlantic are teaming up to launch a new daily site for book lovers, Literary Hub. Jonny Diamond, formerly of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine is its editor in chief, with this as the most interesting part:

Literary Hub has over 65 committed partners (see a full list below) and will feature a mix of content contributed by partners and original material, including author interviews, features, excerpts, and essays.


Grove Atlantic · Electric Literature · City Lights · Knopf/Vintage · Book People · Publishing Genius · PANK · Argos Books · A Public Space · Little, Brown · BookCourt · FSG · Slice Magazine · Story Magazine · Parnassus Books · BOMB · Ecco · O/R Books · Post Road · Algonquin · Scribner · Tattered Cover · Norton · Politics and Prose · New Directions · Housing Works · Penguin Press · Brazos Books · Conjunctions · Malvern Books · Fence · AGNI · Bloomsbury · Green Apple · Ugly Duckling · Harvard · Penguin Books · Skylight · Square Books · PEN · Riverhead · Newtonville Books · The Paris Review · The Strand · Akashic · Melville House · Archipelago · Book Passage · n+1 · Soho Press · McSweeney’s · Powell’s · House of Anansi · Unnamed Press · Zyzzyva · Last Bookstore · Graywolf · Books Inc · Tin House · Seven Stories · Community Bookstore · Poetry Magazine · Catapult

It’s a great mix of heavy-hitters in the publishing world. Very excited to check it out. Full release here.

This Week’s Recommended Reading: “The Grave” by Katherine Anne Porter

Electric Literature knocks it out of the park again with this week’s Recommended Reading story, “The Grave,” recommended by Virginia Quarterly Review. And if you missed the last one, read “Everything Is Nice,” by Jane Bowles, too. That one was recommended by Lynne Tillman. Two really great stories by fantastic women writers.

Susan Kirschbaum’s Diary of a Rogue Writer at Electric Lit

Susan Kirschbaum’s telling her story about self-publishing her novel Who Town. Part 1 is up today at Electric Literature. After checking it out, I think it’s a must-read for anyone looking to publish a novel today. The former editor of Grove Atlantic tells her to self-publish. I think that’s pretty telling as to the state of book publishing. I’m very interested to read Part 2 about distributing the novel, because that seems to be where a big publishing house can really help with PR and marketing. Without that, what do you do?

Joe Meno’s Electric Lit Interview

This was my favorite part of the interview that will stick with me for some time:

Joe Meno: …When I look at the last twelve years, it seems like the trend in publishing is to write these big, 700-page books, where there’s this certain tone that feels a little bit sarcastic, or there’s this bombardment of information about economics or World War II. As I was writing the book, I thought, Well, that’s real interesting, and it’s an interesting use of the novel. But you could also use the novel to do this really small thing. This thing that would never be a film, or never be a TV series, because it’s only about these two people.

There’s a bunch of novels that follow that, they just haven’t been produced here in the last fifteen years or so. Books like Goodbye, Columbus, or a number of French novels from the 50s that have this really beautiful, bare, focused quality.

Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Vol. 1, No. 3

This story, “North of,” by Marie-Helene Bertino, Jim Shepard’s selection for Recommended Reading, is a knockout. I read it a few years ago in the Mississippi Review, and it blew me away. I’m happy to see it highlighted here.