|Amazon.com and Francis Ford Coppola Team Up to Celebrate Short-Story Writers|
Amazon.com Creates Exclusive Zoetrope: All-Story Feature
SEATTLE, February 18 /PRNewswire/--Celebrating the art of short fiction with its customers, leading online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has created an exclusive new area in its bookstore to feature filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. The new Zoetrope feature will present a selection of works from some of today's best short-story writers.
Coppola founded Zoetrope: All-Story as a quarterly publication in 1997. The magazine is dedicated to promoting excellence in short fiction. It features finely crafted short stories, one-act plays, and essays penned by both new and accomplished writers such as Amy Bloom, Edna O'Brien, Jim Harrison, Tom Paine, George Clark, Sara Powers, and Melissa Bank.
Amazon.com will be the exclusive online bookseller to present highlights, excerpts, interviews, and a story from each issue. The Amazon.com Zoetrope feature offers a link to the Zoetrope: All-Story Web site, a table of contents and contributors, and information for authors detailing how to submit their work to the magazine.
Customers will be able to find the feature easily, from placements on the Arts, Literature, and Fiction pages and other site promotions, or by going directly to www.amazon.com/zoetrope.
"Zoetrope: All-Story is a vital publication that strives to find and feature the best short-story writers," said Coppola "We are delighted to be working with Amazon.com to support the art we love and bring it to millions of its visitors."
"At Amazon.com we celebrate great literature, and we love helping our customers discover great works," said Rick Ayre, Amazon.com vice president and executive editor. "Zoetrope is a magazine driven by the same passion and brings a unique collection of exceptional writing to its readers. We are excited to offer content from the publication to our customers and to help expand the audience for the talented writers the magazine promotes."
Amazon.com will also sell single issues of the magazine and provide a link to subscription information. In addition, visitors to the feature can subscribe to e-mail updates previewing the contents of coming issues.
The February 1999 issue, available today, will mark the magazine's second anniversary with essays by David Mamet and T.C. Boyle on fiction and film and a letter from Pulitzer Prize winner William Kennedy. The issue will also include seven short stories, transporting the reader to a zoo in the Bronx, the famed Domino Park in Miami, a drug robbery at a remote country hospice in the north, and a lovers' beach in precommunist Cuba. Authors include Josh Pryor, Steven Almond, and Ana Menendez.
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