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Twitter Account to Tweet ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Its Entirety

EOAbUp_4_400x400Twitter user @ihatejoemarshal has set out to tweet F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, 140 characters at a time.

The Twitter account will post a tweet every day for five years. The first tweet went up yesterday.

 

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David Mitchell is Publishing His New Short Story Live on Twitter

davidmitchellBritish author David Mitchell is taking to Twitter to publish his latest short story. He began the project today under the hashtag #THERIGHTSORT. You can read the story at this link.

The story is told from the point of view of a boy who is high on his mother’s Valium. “He likes Valium because it reduces the bruising hurly-burly of the world into orderly, bite-sized ‘pulses’. So the boy is essentially thinking and experiencing in Tweets,” Mitchell told The Guardian. “My hope is then that the rationale for deploying Twitter comes from inside the story, rather than it being imposed by me, from outside, as a gimmick.”

Here is an excerpt:

Mitchell is not the first author to experiment with Twitter as a story telling platform.

‘#GoTChildrensBooks’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

Over the last few days, the #GoTChildrensBooks hashtag has swept Twitter.

Twitter users re-imagined some of the world’s most beloved children’s books with references from the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Bustle has collected some of the tweets and created a list of “the seven best submissions so far” which include Tyrion and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (embedded above), Goodnight Moon Door, and Where the Wildlings Are.

Cleis Press Kicks Off OutWriters Project on Twitter

30vOhjvVIndie publisher Cleis Press is celebrating LGBT pride month with a Twitter project that focused on the importance of LGBTQ writing.

The publisher is encouraging writers to share why queer writers are important to them on Twitter with the hashtag #OutWriters.

Here is more from the press release: “Cleis Press’s co-founder Felice Newman commented that ‘as an out writer myself, I’ve spent most of my life encouraging LGBTQ people to be visible, free, and well-pleasured. The presence of LGBTQ voices in literature is dear to my heart.’ Cleis hopes that OutWriters will help give LGBTQ books and writers the attention and visibility they deserve.”

’90s Book Titles’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

buzzfeedOn April 11th, BuzzFeed launched the hashtag “#90sBookTitles” with the tweet: “The Little Prince of Bel-Air.” Twitter users responded with tweets that paid homage to everything from popular boy bands to trendy movies of the time such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

BuzzFeed collected 21 hilarious examples and created jacket art inspired by those tweets. We’ve embedded five funny tweets below. Do you have any favorites?

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8th Grader’s Poem Draws 144,000+ Tweets

A palindromic poem written by a 14-year-old named Jordan Nichols went viral after his older brother Derek tweeted a photo of it (embedded above). The piece, entitled “Our Generation,” has attracted more than 144,000 retweets.

According to The Independent, the poem “at first appears to paint a gloomy picture of modern society and one obsessed with careers and money…In reverse the poem is a lot more optimistic, a declaration of hope full of the kind of one-liners you would expect in a presidential address, and all this from an 8th grader.”

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Novel First Lines Will Tweet First Sentences of Novels For a Year

twitter304Twitter user Dylan Smith has started a new Twitter account called Novel First Lines, on which he will tweet the first line of a novel every day for a year.

The Twitter handle got started on March 1st and will tweet through February 28, 2015. So far tweets have included the first sentences of Post Office by Charles Bukowski, The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley, and Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

We’ve embedded the tweets below. Read more

#TwitterFiction Festival Live! Will Take Place in NYC in March

twitterfictionThe Association of American Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Twitter have partnered to host the #TwitterFiction Festival Live! 2014, a live writing and performance event in New York on March 12th.

Author Sara Barron is hosting the event. There will also be live performances by R.L. Stine, Dave Hill, James Braly, Diana Spechler, Matthew Robert Gehring and James & Emily Carmichael. The event will be live streamed for those that can’t make it to New York at twitterfictionfestival.com.

“#TwitterFiction Festival Live! is going to be a one-of-a-kind show—writers will take to the stage to perform their stories in front of a live audience, while the video webcast and creative Twitter integrations will connect everything happening on stage with #TwitterFiction Festival followers online in real time,” explained John Clinton, Director of Consumer Events at Penguin Random House in a statement.

 

Happy National Handwriting Day

handwrittentweetsToday is National Handwriting Day — a day to get out your pens and write something. The event was founded in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) to fight the loss of penmanship. It falls on John Hancock’s birthday.

Molskine is celebrating the event with a campaign that encourages handwritten tweets. How do you hand write a tweet? Write something on paper and then take a photo with your phone and tweet the handwriting with using the hashtags: #HandwritingDay and #mHDay.

Zane-Bloser is hosting the Zaner-Bloser 2014 National Handwriting Contest, a contest which is giving away over $100,000 worth of prizes to students that show off their beautiful handwriting.

How are you celebrating?

Happy ReaderThanks Day!

UnknownWhat are you thankful for this year?

For the third year in a row, Colleen Lindsay from Penguin is urging readers to share their literary thanks at the #ReaderThanks hashtag. The campaign is running on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

We’ve collected a few of our favorites below… Read more

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