*+-Porter Anderson’s recap of publishing buzz eviscerates AWP’s poor leadership, covers SFWA’s battle with Random’s new contracts, Richard Nash’s defense of literature and more.
*+-The final day of AWP in Boston finds the 11,000 writers in attendance, zombified and roaming the halls looking for free swag, as everyone vows ‘never again.’
*+-‘I’m just here to soak up the desperation,’ says one AWP attendee who managed to remain aloof from from the fray, but our correspondent David Duhr hasn’t fared as well.
*+-Porter Anderson’s weekly round-up of writerly buzz from around the web previews this week’s AWP conference in Boston, B&N’s bad news, Ian McEwan’s doubts about fiction and more.
*+-Over the last two days of AWP our correspondent flirts with scurvy, eulogizes poet Jim Hazard, and realizes his whole life is a less-intense version of AWP.
*+-Editor David Duhr reports back from his first day at the AWP in Chicago, where he’s asked: ‘Would you like bacon and cheese on your kielbasa, or just cheese?’
*+-By David Duhr I’m standing awkwardly on the dais steps between a seated Steve Almond and a line of fans waiting to buy signed copies of his three self-published books: Letters From People Who Hate Me, This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey, and Bad Poetry. Cash only, with a heaping pile of the stuff on the table beside him. Calling …