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How an Israeli Ad Exec Turned Her Experience Into a Book

meiravMeirav Oz, a Israeli headhunter and former ad exec, has just published her first novel in English.

One Wrong Move is a behind-the-scenes look at the advertising in Tel Aviv. It was first published in Hebrew and came out in English this month from Contento De Semrik. The story comes out of Oz’s 12 years working for ad agencies. We caught up with Meirav to discuss writing and publishing.

GC: As an advertiser/talent manager, why did you decide to write a novel?

MO: My novel started from an anonymous column in an Israeli magazine about behind the scene of the advertising world. The writing was my gateway from the hectic crazy world of advertising. I wrote about myself and my life and no one knew I was the one behind this character. After about a year  the magazine went out of business and I found myself continuing writing this fictional personal diary and understood I’m writing a novel. Read more

‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Pits Stephen King Vs. Edgar Allan Poe

A new video on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel pits two horror masters against one another: The Shining author Stephen King vs. The Raven poet Edgar Allan Poe. In your opinion, who’s the winner?

Comedian Zach Sherwin plays King and writer George Watsky plays Poe. Both Sherwin and Watsky contributed to writing the rap song itself along with two of the web series creators, Nice Peter and epicLLOYD. Which authors would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?

JK Rowling Talks About New Book on Twitter

jkrowlingAuthor JK Rowling took to Twitter this week to talk about her new book The Silkworm, her second book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

In a tweet she shared a photo of Galbraith’s autograph.

She also thanked her fans and tweeted back at those that sent her questions. (Via Buzzfeed.com).

NEA Names Amy Stolls as Director of Literature

amystollsThe National Endowment for the Arts has appointed Amy Stolls as the director of literature.

Stolls has been serving as acting director of literature for the last year. In her official appointment, she will continue to oversee the NEA’s grant awards in literature.

Stolls joined the organization back in 1998 as a literature specialist, graduating to literature program officer. In her tenure, she served a central role in grantmaking, advising and reviewing proposals. She has spoken on behalf of the organization at events around the world and led the NEA’s involvement in the National Book Festival.

Stolls is the author of the young adult novel Palms to the Ground as well as the novel The Ninth Wife. She has also served as an adjunct literature professor at American University. She has a BA in English from Lafayette College and an MFA in creative writing from American University.

Sjón Sigurdsson Collaborates with Björk For a MoMA Exhibit

SjónIcelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson (pictured, via) has collaborated with musician Björk to pen a narrative for an art show. According to the press release, the piece contains “both biographical and imaginatively fictitious” elements.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), based in New York City, will open the “Björk” retrospective exhibit on March 07, 2015 and close on June 07, 2015. Visitors will encounter instruments, costumes, and more.

Daniel Keyes, Author of ‘Flowers for Algernon,’ Has Died

danielkeyesDaniel Keyes, author of the 1959 award winning science fiction classic Flowers for Algernon, has died. He was 86 years old.

Keyes was the author of five novels and three works of nonfiction including: The TouchThe Fifth SallyThe Asylum Prophecies and The Minds of Billy Milligan, among others. Here is more about the author from Tor’s website:

Born in 1927, Keyes joined Martin Goodman’s Magazine Management after a stint in the United States Maritime Service and studying at NYU and Brooklyn College. While working as the editor of Marvel Science Stories, he began writing for Atlas Comics. By the early 1950s, Keyes was promoted to associate editor under editor-in-chief Stan Lee, and continued writing comics, specifically focusing on science fiction and horror stories. It was during this time that he had the initial idea for Flowers for Algernon, but decided to wait until he could expand the story in a more serious format.

 

George R.R. Martin Appears in ‘Gay of Thrones’ Web Series


The “Funny or Die” team has released the 10th installment in the Game of Thrones recap web series, Gay of Thrones. Vanity Fair reports that author George R.R. Martin makes an appearance towards the end of the episode.

During this cameo, Martin imitates the grandfather character from The Princess Bride film adaptation and pokes “fun at the show, his snail-like writing pace, and his predilection for violence.” We’ve embedded the entire episode in the video above–what do you think?

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Mary Higgins Clark to Co-Author Book With Alafair Burke

maryhigginsclarkBestselling author Mary Higgins Clark is collaborating with bestselling author Alafair Burke on a new novel called  The Cinderella Murder.

The book, which is slated for publication in November, will feature characters from Clark’s recent New York Times bestseller, I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Simon & Schuster, Clark’s publisher, will put out the hardcover and the audiobook. Pocket Books will publish the paperback edition.

She has coauthored five books with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, but this is the first time she has teamed up with an author from outside of her family. In addition, it is the first time that she is using characters from one of her books in a co-authored novel.

Happy Bloomsday 2014

jamesjoyceHappy Bloomsday, the day the literary world remembers Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey across Dublin in James Joyce‘s masterpiece Ulysses.

Joyce fans around the globe are celebrating the work of literature. In Dublin, celebrations are taking place all day long throughout the city. In New York, readers will gather at the Rensselaer County Historical Society to read Joyce from 6 to 8 p.m. In Los Angelesthe Hammer will host a reading, live music and Irish food tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Feel free to add events that you plan to attend in the comments section.

 

Book of Mormon Creators Toast Kevin Morris on Literary Debut

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Anne Garefino, Kevin Morris, James Frey, Matt Stone
credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Matt Stone (South Park, The Book of Mormon), Anne Garefino (co-executive producer of South Park, The Book of Mormon) and author James Frey gathered together this week at a party in New York to toast The Book of Mormon co-producer Kevin Morris on his literary debut with White Man’s Problems.

The self-published title came out earlier this year on Amazon. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Check it out: “Stories such as ‘Mulligan’s Travels,’ about an LA banker’s uncelebrated return home from New York, and ‘White Man’s Problems,’ the comedic chronicle of a dubious father on a school trip to Washington, DC, exemplify Kevin Morris’s poignant, clever, and entirely entertaining style.”

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