booksIt’s a sad day for poets, but we guess if you’re a poet then that’s pretty much true everyday. The UC Press has recently announced that it will put its New California Poetry series on an indefinite hiatus.

Although the Press saw a recent success with the “Autobiography of Mark Twain,” they are set to receive a 10 percent cut in funding from the University. New California only sells around 1,000 copies of each title, though it has received some critical acclaim.

This critical success may be due in part to the fact that, according to Forrest Gander of Brown University, books have been selected based on quality rather than marketing potential.

Although three titles will be released in 2012, they are not reviewing any for 2013. However, they are looking for funding. So buck up, humanities majors — there’s a bright future out there for you.

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Facing cutbacks, UC Press will suspend poetry series [LA Times]


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Well, at least according to some people

You might know Twain from the hours you spent back in high school, plodding through “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” but Robert Hirst (Berkeley’s curator of the Mark Twain papers) thinks of him a little differently.

Hirst and his team o’ experts have finally finished a six-year effort to reconstruct Mark Twain’s autobiography — exactly the way Twain intended it to be assembled. And apparently Twain was quite the modernist, because his autobiography isn’t a chronological series of life’s landmarks — it skips through time a bit, which probably didn’t make the job any easier for Hirst and his men.

So what does Hirst have to say about the man known for his impressive facial hair and white suits? He claims that Twain could very well be read more »