“Literature is a conversation…and so, too, is this book.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 2, 2013
MADISON, NJ—In 2002, Travis Kurowski spent his free time wandering the university library, spending hours pulling books from shelves, hoping to find something new. He felt a sense of possibility, that out of all those titles, between thousands of covers there is an, “…implied promise that interesting things will be found.” It was in this way that he read his first literary magazine, an issue of The Paris Review, and eventually found that each literary magazine, “creates its own communities of readers,” who take part in a conversation about new, changing American literature.
Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine (Atticus Books, $29.95, August 13, 2013) shows how literary magazines hold the history and hope of American writing, and how we can trace American culture through this dynamic platform in the same way we do through books.
As Kurowski writes in his introduction, this project began as a special edition of The Mississippi Review in 2008 for the 100th anniversary of the contemporary literary magazine. It was only in this, another special issue in the Missouri Review, and a book on similar topics published in 1978 that the history of the American literary magazine has been collected.
Paper Dreams brings together a conversation that has interested passionate editors and writers for more than 150 years. The book covers the history of the American literary magazine from its pre-origins—as far back as late 17th Century France, to its present forms and to speculation of its future using both primary and secondary documents. A few of the authors of these excerpts and articles include literary heroes from the past such as Pierre Bayle and Ezra Pound, as well as authors, editors, and scholars still working today, such as Jayne Marek, Jay Neugeboren, Roxane Gay, and many more.
Paper Dreams also includes a series of essays by contemporary writers on the literary magazine such as T.C. Boyle, Lucy Ives, Rick Moody, and others. The book ends with a detailed timeline, and extra information for writers and teachers.
Paper Dreams arrives in bookstores August 13, 2013.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Travis Kurowski is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at York College of Pennsylvania. His writings have appeared in a number of literary magazines, and he is a columnist about literary magazines for Poets & Writers. He has worked on the editorial staffs at Tin House, Opium Magazine, and Mississippi Review.
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS FOR Paper Dreams
Andrew Foster Altschul
Laura van den Berg
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Megan M. Garr
Abby Ann Arthur Johnson
Jill Allyn Rosser
Algernon de Vivier Tassin
Adrian Todd Zuniga
Atticus Books is a multimedia press that specializes in literary fiction. Atticus is run by founder and publisher Dan Cafaro and managing editor Libby O’Neill. Visit us on the web at https://atticusbooks.net/.
Press Contact: Abby Hess
abbyh [at] atticusbooks [dot] net