The threshold is upon us. The end of our time with Helene Atwan as our director is coming up. We’re all wishing her the happiest retirement! It has been an amazing twenty-six years, and Beacon won’t be the same without her. So many amazing authors she brought into the fold! So many amazing books—including her love of poetry—she brought to the catalog! Several of our authors gathered here to congratulate her and to thank her. Along the way, we’ll take a trip down memory lane with photos.
You’ve heard the news. Now’s the time to jump on your holiday book buying. Supply chain delays are affecting many industries, including the book industry. Some new books you’ve been waiting for may not make it to bookstores in time for the holiday, and hot sellers may be sold out by December and not reprinted in time. On top of that, what’s thrown a wrench into the works is—wait for it—the pandemic. Who saw that plot twist coming? (We’d probably be in less of this mess if everyone got vaccinated, but hey, let’s not digress.) So, gifts you would typically start buying in December may not be available.
Can you taste it? The taste of joy when quarantine ends, the panic shopping eases up, and we can get on with the new reality of civilian life. The coronavirus pandemic will change the way we live. However the new reality takes shape, we’ll be ready and eager to get back outside. Not to mention delirious with relief. Until then, safety first. But at least we have plenty of books to turn to as resources and for escape during quarantine!
1. Under a sexual sky you coughed swords
Partly like the sun and partly like the air, the earth—just like a body if it had no bones. As if by veins it is held together so it does not crumble.
By Helene Atwan. In 2003, having miraculously convinced Mary Oliver and her tough-minded agent and partner, Molly Malone Cook, to return to Beacon as a publishing home, Mary, Molly and I hit something of a brick wall. Our shared vision was to publish a second volume of New and Selected Poems (Beacon had published the first volume in 1997, and it had won the National Book Award).
Are you ready for the holiday season and on the hunt for gifts to inspire someone in your life? Our holiday sale is back! Save 30% on everything at beacon.org through December 31 using code HOLIDAY30. This year, Beacon Press is also donating 10% of our web sales in December to Unitarian Universalist Assocation Disaster Relief Fund to the help the communities in California recover from the wildfires. Here are our holiday picks for the year. Drum roll, please
Q&A with Helene Atwan Photo credit: Bob Kosturko What has been Beacon’s relationship with poetry? For the past decade or more, Beacon’s poetry program, such as it was, focused largely on two key poets we have published over many years,...
A new video illustrates Mary Oliver's dark and beautiful poem "Night and the River," first published in 'Red Bird' and later recorded by Mary Oliver for the CD 'Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver.'
In honor of Poetry Month, here's a collection of poetry you can watch and hear in the poet's own voice. Add your favorites in the comments! Mary Oliver reads "The Summer Day" Mary Oliver reading "Wild Geese" and other poems...
"I have lost as you and / others have possibly lost a // beloved one, / and wonder, where are they now?"
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?"
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Beacon Press is giving you a chance to win autographed copies of Mary Oliver's books.
Mary Oliver asks, "[W]hat is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?"
See Mary Oliver read three of her poems, from an appearance at Emory University earlier this year.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we share this essay by Mary Oliver, which was included in the CD Many Miles: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver. Beacon Press is giving away five signed copies of Mary Oliver's Swan: Poems and...
In honor of National Poetry Month, Beacon Press will give away five signed copies of Mary Oliver's Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.
A rare interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
Out now: Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, the twentieth volume from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Mary Oliver. Read the title poem on the Beacon Press website.
Beacon staff returns from a productive and photogenic BookExpo America!