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Algonquin Round Table 2.0

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Today this GalleyCat editor hiked to the famous Algonquin Hotel to witness a 21st Century revision of the Algonquin Round Table. During the 1920s, a tough and brilliant group of literary minds that included George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, and Harold Ross met at the Algonquin for daily sessions–nicknamed “The Vicious Circle.”

The new group united via Twitter, led by Bethanne Patrick and Denise Berthiaume back to the Algonquin for lunch. Thirty publishing types showed up for the inaugural lunch today, and they hope to hold quarterly lunches in the same spirit.

A few of the new members are pictured here, from left-to-right: Erin McHugh, Berthiaume, Patrick, and Robin Lenz.

“We were trying to think of a name,” explained Berthiaume. “Vicious Circle didn’t seem like the right name or philosophy for publishing right now. We called it the Virtuous Circle–the complete opposite.”

Happy New Year from GalleyCat

GalleyCat would like to wish all our readers have a safe and happy holiday. We will be taking a break over the long weekend, but we will be back next week with Consumer Electronics Show coverage and all the news you need to survive 2010.

In the meantime, go visit our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser for some year-end e-reading device news. If that’s not enough, check out our collection of Best Writing Music of 2009 lists and our annual Pet Parade. And keep imprisoned Chinese author Liu Xiaobo in your thoughts over the holiday-watch a number of great writers support Xiaobo in that GalleyCat video.

Finally, include your New Year writing resolutions in the comments section. We’ll round up the responses in 2010.

Paul Auster’s Daughter Serenades Literary Luminaries

m_39056001ccd340228a080978bd488e23.jpgNovelist Paul Auster‘s 22-year-old daughter Sophie (pictured, via) sang songs in New York last night at a benefit for PEN America’s Readers & Writers program. Book Bench was there, sketching the literary luminaries in the audience.

Here’s an excerpt: “Auster, who is twenty-two, is already at work on her second album and is slated to appear in two films next year. Her father, the novelist Paul Auster, was standing in the crowd as well, listening with one knee bent against the back of his seat. He looked unabashedly proud. Sophie, at moments, became more like a kid than a star, as though unaccustomed to the power of her voice. ‘This one is my, uh, Aretha Franklin song,’ she said of her last act, rolling her eyes and mussing her hair. Salman Rushdie, who was sitting across from Auster and his wife, Siri Hustvedt, tried to take a picture with his iPhone.”

Find out more about Auster’s music on her MySpace page.

Dancing at a Book Party

dancebp.jpgLast night GalleyCat stopped by the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, for a night of wine, music, dancing, and books. At the party, the dancers in the photo cut loose to celebrate “Blues, Booze, & BBQ” by Michael Loyd Young–a photographic journey through the Mississippi Delta.

Bluesman T-Model Ford (pictured) played a long, gorgeous set in the middle of the bookstore, grinning like he won the lottery while Brooklynites danced.

While everybody else danced, this GalleyCat editor chatted with Mike Edison about his holiday-themed book trailer and grilled new author Eric Davidson about his upcoming book, “We Never Learn.”

bluesbp.jpgHere’s more about Young’s book: “Blues, Booze, & BBQ, the first book by Michael Loyd Young, documents 150 miles of Highway 61, the famed blacktop road snaking from Memphis, Tennessee down to Greenville, Mississippi. At the halfway point, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, sits Clarksdale, Mississippi, the city considered the birthplace of the blues and the location of Robert Johnson‘s famed ‘Cross Road Blues’ intersection of Highway 61 and 49.”

Mediabistro.com Book Club

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgIn an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types, we are introducing the mediabistro.com book club–a series of parties where authors can show off their books.

At these new events, four authors will mingle and share drinks with mediabistro.com readers and read a two minute selection from their work. Featured authors will be mentioned (and linked to) in 30,000 party email invitations. mediabistro.com will also photograph the event and post all pictures to Flickr. The parties will be held on these dates next year: March 9, 2010; May 12, 2010; August 17, 2010; and November 17, 2010.

Here’s more from the release (including application details): “To be considered, please apply at least two months prior to the party you would like to be included in. You will be notified of your acceptance one month prior to the party. Parties will be held quarterly and co-hosted by mediabistro.com GalleyCat editors. One application per literary work, please.”

You Oughta Know How to Make Kale Salad

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Yes, that’s Alanis Morisette digging into a mixing bowl full of kale, as vegetarian cookbook author Anna Thomas looks on. Morissette recently hosted a party for Thomas’s Love Soup (which features 160 vegetarian recipes) at her Brentwood home, where celebrity friends like Alicia Silverstone (who has a meatless cookbook of her own, The Kind Diet) and Amy Smart were served five delicious winter soups, two winter salads, fresh hummus, and various desserts.

And on that note, whatever’s on your table tomorrow, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Booking: Michael Jackson and Self-Publishing

MJ_-_Thriller23.jpgIf you didn’t land a ticket to the National Book Awards tonight, we’ve uncovered some other literary events this week. To keep you posted about upcoming events, we’ve launched our Booked feature–a literary calendar for GalleyCat readers.

On Wednesday, November 18 (tonight!), rock biographer Tony Fletcher will talk with Gay Liberation Front founder Jim Fouratt about his new book, “All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of NY 1927-1977.” The event will be held at the Strand Bookstore in NYC.

On Thursday, November 19th at 6 pm, Fortune‘s senior editor-at-large editor Geoff Colvin will discuss his new book, “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” at the Alan Flusser Custom Shop.

On Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6:15 pm, film critic Armond White will discuss Michael Jackson’s video art at the Lincoln Center. He will also sign copies of his self-published book, “Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles.”

To include your literary event in future postings, email GalleyCat.

Scenes from the eBook Summit Preview Party

interview1.jpgLast night a crowd of readers, writers, and publishing types mingled at the Bubble Lounge in New York City, previewing mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit.

Among the Summit speakers at the party was Movable Type Literary Group agent Jason Allen Ashlock (pictured), sharing some digital publishing wisdom. At the event, education director Carmen Scheidel and this GalleyCat editor introduced the industry leaders who will ponder the future of this crazy profession at the conference.

More party photos follow after the jump. Stay tuned over the next few months–we hope to organize more of these informal, publishing-centered meet-ups following the eBook Summit.

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Booked: Digital Book Party Tonight

ebooksummit02.gifNovember is high event season in the publishing world. To keep you posted about upcoming events, we’ve launched a new Booked feature–building a literary event calendar for GalleyCat readers.

First, we must mention the GalleyCat-sponsored eBook summit party tonight (Nov. 16) at NYC’s Bubble Lounge. Join GalleyCat writers and readers for a drink and a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit. The party runs from 6:30 until 8:30, moving this virtual conversation about publishing into the real world. Click here to RSVP for a spot.

On Nov. 17, Stephen Elliott will host Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Vanessa Hidary and the kid-core band, Care Bears on Fire for a literary night sponsored by The Rumpus and Tin House literary event at the Highline in Manhattan.

On Nov. 19, join Lily Burana, Isobella Jade, and Rachel Kramer Bussel for the fourth anniversary party for the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series.

On Nov. 19, author Greil Marcus will visit Columbia University to perform his his book, “Lipstick Traces”–incorporating visual material, props and monologue in the 20th anniversary celebration performance.

To include your literary event in future postings, email GalleyCat.

eBook Summit Preview Party

ebooksummit02.gifOn Monday, November 16 join GalleyCat writers and readers for a drink and a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit. The party runs from 6:30 until 8:30, moving this virtual conversation about publishing into the real world.

Click here to RSVP for a spot at the party at NYC’s Bubble Lounge. At the event, education director Carmen Scheidel and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog will join writers, editors, agents, journalists, and other publishing types–sharing a drink and pondering the future of this crazy profession.

Here’s more from the release: “From eReaders and publishing on demand to new business models for publishers and booksellers, our event will explore the technology that is driving change in the industry. eBook Summit will take place December 15-16, 2009 at New World Stages in New York City. Admission to Monday’s Preview Event is complimentary, but RSVPs are required. Feel free to invite colleagues and friends. We’ll also be raffling off a ticket to the December Summit, so be sure to bring some business cards.”

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