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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.”

‘The Snowy Day & The Art of Ezra Jack Keats’ Exhibit On View at the Skirball Cultural Center

Snowy DayThe Skirball Cultural Center is hosting “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats” exhibit.

The curators have gathered more than 80 original works for this art show. Visitors will see sketches, paintings, collages, picture book dummies, and finished pieces. It will be on view until September 7, 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Published at the height of the American civil rights movement, Keats’s landmark book The Snowy Day (1962) represents an historic milestone, featuring the first African American protagonist in a full-color children’s picture book. The Snowy Day went on to win the Caldecott Medal and has sold over five million copies to date, inspiring generations of readers and authors alike.” What’s your favorite Keats picture book?

Elin Hilderbrand Opens Up About Her Cancer Battle

ErinWriter Elin Hilderbrand published a long piece in The Huffington Post today about her current battle with cancer.

Hilderbrand (pictured, via) received her diagnosis one month before the release of her latest book, The Matchmaker. In an ironic turn of events, one of the protagonists from that novel, Dabney Kimball Beech, also battles this disease. In her essay, Hilderbrand revealed how she discovered her sickness and how she plans to treat it. Here is an excerpt:

“I told myself that if I could write a character like Dabney, then I could be like Dabney. I would accept the fact that my body and its current failings were my own, and I would fight and I would smile and I would do everything in my power to live to write thirteen more novels and sit on my throne and let the ocean lap at my feet.”

How Has Poetry Impacted Your Life?

During a presentation delivered at TED Global 2013, English professor Stephen Burt publicly declares himself to be a “word person” and a fan of poems.

In the video embedded above, Burt shares some of his thoughts on “Why People Need Poetry.” He also recites pieces by A.E. HousmanWallace Stevens, and John Keats.

Every year during the month of April, the country comes together to celebrate National Poetry Month. How has poetry impacted your life?

Neil Gaiman Speaks Out on the Dispute Between Amazon & Hachette

Neil GaimanMany members of the literary community have been greatly concerned about the Amazon vs. Hachette dispute. Renowned writer Neil Gaiman sat for an interview with Salon and voiced his opinion on this hotly-debated subject.

Gaiman revealed that he has many reasons to feel anger towards Amazon, but he is also trying to keep in mind “that what you’re seeing right now, is huge, giant-level dealings between huge corporations both under non-disclosure, and every time I try to actually read enough stuff to figure out what’s going on here, what I run into is lots of ‘We can’t say anything, but he says,’ and ‘We can’t say anything, but she says.’”

Like The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Gaiman loves bookstores and wishes “to see is more and more healthy, independent bookshops.” Where do you stand on this? What do you think the future holds for the relationship between publishers and Amazon?

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