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Archives: October 2009

Love and Summer by William Trevor

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Today’s Book of the Day is Love and Summer by William Trevor. Set in the little town of Rathmoye, Ireland, this story opens at Mrs. Connulty’s funeral. When Florian Kilderry shows up at the funeral on a bike with his camera, he causes quite the stir in the community.

Florian came to the photograph the burned-down theater in the town and escape his past. He has a run-in with Ellie Dillahan, a shy orphan, who changes his plans. What unfolds is a love affair that forces Ellie to make some tough decisions. While Ellie makes these decisions, Miss Connulty deals with her mother’s death. In her past, she also had an affair and has decided to keep an eye on Ellie so she doesn’t repeat the same mistakes.

William Trevor grew up in Ireland and has published fourteen novels. He boasts numerous awards, and his most recent novel, The Story of Lucy Gault, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Fiction Prize and the Man Booker Prize.

Job Detective: Penguin Position

p2323.jpgAs another rainy day drizzles through New York City, three publishers have posted new jobs. Like a hardboiled gumshoe, GalleyCat has been investigating publishing work on the mediabistro.com job boards.

For your resume-making pleasure, here are a the new postings. First, Springer Publishing Company is looking for a Sales Administrator. Next, Abrams needs a Production Editor–Managing Editorial

Finally, Penguin Group seeks a Senior Editor/Executive Editor for the New American Library. Here’s more about the job: “This position will work primarily with best-selling womens fiction and non-fiction authors. Offering a wide selection of commercial fiction and non-fiction, NAL aims at reaching the largest number of possible readers, the true mass market.”

The Hollywood Disabilities Forum

Saturday, Oct. 24, celebrities, screenwriters, actors, and writers mounted the first-ever Hollywood Disabilities Forum–an event for entertainment industry professionals to “explore opportunities and challenges of people with disabilities in entertainment.” Comedy writers (and actors) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant contributed that mildly controversial video to support the cause.

The all-day event was held at UCLA’s Melnitz Hall. GalleyCat caught up with Allen Rucker–the Writers with Disabilities chair for the Writers Guild of America, West and a critically-acclaimed author–to find out more about the event.

He explained: “The event was packed. Two morning workshops for aspiring actors and writers with disabilities had to turn people away. The afternoon keynote by ‘Something About Mary’ director Peter Farrelly was an hysterical primer on how things get done in Hollywood. After that, the panel of Farrelly, David Milch (“Deadwood” creator), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad” creator), Daryl Mitchell (star of the new Fox series, “Brothers,”–the first sitcom ever to star in a man using a wheelchair), and others.”

Rucker concluded by laying out the day’s most controversial writing topic: “They discussed the creative inclusion of characters with disabilities into their work and argued, sometimes vehemently, over the issue of whether only actors with disabilities have the right to play characters with disabilities.”

Literary Halloween Costume Contest

omnilit.jpgFor all the literary Halloween-lovers in the audience, Omnilit has just launched a Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook.

Omnilit is a digital bookstore run by the women behind the All Romance eBook store. Between now and midnight on October 31st, readers can submit a photo of their Halloween costume for prizes.

Read all about it on the website, but here are the main details: “Starting now through midnight, October 31st, we’re having a Facebook Halloween Costume Contest. Here’s how it works. Take a picture of yourself with your Halloween costume, then upload it to Omnilit’s Facebook Wall. Prizes include $50 Omnibucks Gift Certificates, for downloadable purchases at Omnilit.com. The grand prize is a silver Sony Reader Pocket Edition ebook reader! The contest theme is ‘My eBook Fantasy.’”

Fans Flock for Next Installment in Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” Series

Yesterday marked the release of Brandon Sanderson‘s “The Gathering Storm,” the next book in a beloved “Wheel of Time” series by the late Robert Jordan. As that video reveals, fans mobbed the Brigham Young University bookstore opening at midnight, looking for copies of the sequel. “I’ve been waiting since I was 16,” says one fan.

If you are looking for more “Wheel of Time” news, GalleyCat has written about how the book’s network of fans are helping with promotional efforts for the book. Also, we interviewed Sanderson earlier this year about the future of fantasy and digital publishing.

Here’s an excerpt from that interview, as Sanderson hinted at the highly anticipated conclusion of the series: “I’m one of four people who have read this ending out of the millions of people who are waiting for it…It was a reverent experience, a surreal experience. I don’t think it really hit home for me what I was doing until I sat down and read that…It was a daunting experience saying, ‘This is where the 11th book ended, and this is where I’ve got to end up.’ There was a big gap.”

Counting Editors at the NYT‘s Book Review

nytimeslogo23.jpgAs buyouts and layoffs loom at the NY Times, one article gave an inside look at the editorial shape of the newspaper’s beloved book review–reportedly staffed by 14 editors.

The NY Observer obtained a 61-page outline from the buyout paperwork; a list outlining how many people work in different parts of the NY Times‘ offices. Among the many positions listed, the article counted 14 editors at the book review, 21 editors at the NYT Magazine, and 18 critics in the Culture Department. What do you think about these numbers?

After reading the article, The Awl asked How Many Nice People Does It Take To Edit 24 Pages A Week?. Here’s a sample: “I like the Book Review. Or at least I like it abstractly, not in the "Yay it's Sunday morning, here's the Book Review" kind of way. And yes, there is a hell of a lot of reading involved in it. But I'm pretty sure me and Maud and Lizzie and Mark Greif and a couple interns could get it done by Tuesday and then sort of just chillax on Wednesdays before starting all over again.”

The Hold Steady Singer to Adapt Chuck Klosterman Memoir

9780743406567.jpgRock star Craig Finn and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman writer Tom Ruprecht will adapt rock & roll writer Chuck Klosterman‘s memoir for the big screen.

Entitled “Fargo Rock City,” the memoir recounts the writer’s adventures as a heavy metal fan in a tiny North Dakota town. The singer and the television writer bought the film rights to the book, and Klosterman will help them produce the feature.

Finn is the literary-minded lead singer of The Hold Steady, and reminisced about his teenage years in The Hollywood Reporter: “[A]t that age that you have drivers licenses and a certain amount of independence, but you’re still young enough that you can totally make terrible decisions … And you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Motley Crue would beat Guns ‘N Roses in a fight.” (Via Speakeasy)

Sarah Palin Earned At Least a $1.25 Million Memoir Advance

9780061939891.jpgIn an earnings statement, Sarah Palin revealed she has already earned $1.25 million for her upcoming memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

According to the Guardian, the former Alaskan governor may have earned another portion of her advance when she turned in her book in late September, “since book advances are often distributed in several parts.” Some have speculated the advance totaled $7 million. In sunnier times for publishing, Hillary Clinton earned a total of $8 million advance for “Living History,” her 2000 memoir.

Here’s more from the article, noting that Palin has sparked a curious literary trend: “Also slated for release November 17 are two books called ‘Going Rouge,’ one a parody colouring book for children, the other a compilation of essays critical of Palin.”

Where the Wild Things Ended Up at the Box Office

wildthingsare.jpgAs the Dave Eggers-scripted adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are hit theaters recently, blockbuster-watchers have been comparing the film’s ticket sales to other adaptations of classic books.

The adaptation of Maurice Sendak‘s beloved storybook provides an interesting look at the relative success of other literary adaptations for young readers. Here’s Box Office Mojo‘s report on the film’s first week at the box office: “While Where the Wild Things Are wasn’t earth-shattering, it clawed its way into the top tier among debuts for children’s book adaptations that aren’t Harry Potter and was mightier than Bridge to Terabithia, Jumanji and other comparable titles.”

One week later, Box Office Mojo noted the film’s 57 percent drop at the box office, knocked down the indie horror flick, Paranormal Activity: “Wild Things rustled up $14 million, lifting its total to $53.6 million in ten days, but its drop was much steeper than Bridge to Terabithia and other similar titles.”

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

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Today’s Featured Book of Color is Coretta Scott, a collection of poetry by Ntozake Shange dedicated to Coretta Scott King. This picture book also features large paintings by Kadir Nelson.

The book details Coretta Scott and her life in the segregated south. She began work with Martin Luther King Jr. and launched the idea of nonviolent protest. The poetry explains the beautiful life and journey of Coretta to achieve freedom for everyone during the civil rights movement.

Ntozake Shange is the author of many children’s books, including Ellington Was Not a Street, the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Kadir Nelson’s artwork has also won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Book for Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine.

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Jeff River is the author of Forever My Lady and the founder of GumboWriters.com.

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