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The Graywolf silver anthology : a rare breed of publisher for 25 years.
Czarniecki, Anne D.
Publication Information:
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Anne Czarniecki, selected and edited the fiction; Jeffrey Shotts, selected and edited the poetry; Fiona McCrae, selected and edited the nonfiction selections.
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Central Library PS536.2 .G73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In 1999, Graywolf will celebrate 25 years of publishing thoughtful and imaginative contemporary literature. This remarkable anthology showcases many of the extraordinary writers who have helped shape Graywolf's first quarter century, including Jane Kenyon, Sven Birkerts, Tess Gallagher, Charles Baxter, and William Stafford. Groundbreaking titles such as Dana Gioia's Can Poetry Matter? and Guillermo Gomez-Pena's Warrior for Gringostoika are represented, along with Brenda Ueland's If You Want to Write, the book that has become one of the great success stories of small press publishing. The anthology also includes an essay by founder Scott Walker on Graywolf's early days as a small letterpress publisher.

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Booklist Review

The story of Graywolf's founding 25 years ago, recounted here, is shared by many a failed literary press. The mere persistence of Graywolf into the present stands for the persistence in our cultural history of the belief that, as the editors put it, creative writing needs to be nurtured and published proudly. The selections here, which include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including some selections from longer works), are from books Graywolf has published the last quarter century, their authors ranging from still relatively unknown writers to some very prominent ones, such as Tess Gallagher, William Stafford, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Charles Baxter. Baxter, known for his fiction, is represented here by a provocative, witty essay, "Dysfunctional Narratives," which characterizes a disquieting trend in recent American fiction and culture. Silko, also known for her fiction, appears here in an exchange of letters with a dear friend, commencing with his disclosure that he has throat cancer. It is a remarkable exchange, of keen wisdom and hope, and a fitting conclusion to this anthology. --James O'Laughlin

Library Journal Review

It all began as a small letterpress shop in St. Paul, that printed a literary magazine and, in the fall of 1974, one book of poetry. Graywolf Press has since evolved into one of the leading independent literary publishers. Scott Walker, who founded the press with Kathleen Foster, credits Graywolf's success to the editors' pride in choosing creative contemporary writing while running an efficient business. This anthology celebrates their 25 years in publishing, combining a versatile selection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that highlights the many fine writers (Charles Baxter, Jan Zita Grover, William Kittredge) who have contributed to Graywolf's success over the years. As the reader browses through the collection, focusing on some of the carefully chosen selections, the text reverberates with the importance of literature, of writing, and of reading. Included at the end of the book is a comprehensive list of the books published by Graywolf. Recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄCynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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