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Archives: August 2011

Irene Floods Bartleby’s Books in Vermont

Catastrophic flooding in Vermont hit Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington over the weekend. Owner Lisa Sullivan (pictured) told Shelf Awareness that Irene floods had wrecked the bookstore.

Here’s more from Shelf Awareness: “The building was flooded but is still standing. In an e-mail, she wrote, ‘We plan to rebuild as soon as possible.’ For now, she is awaiting FEMA and will then need help removing the contents of the store.”

As the bookseller rebuilds, concerned readers can still order Google eBooks through the independent bookstore. Sullivan also lost her other bookstore in a fire at The Book Cellar earlier this year. All the books were lost in that disaster.

Casey Anthony Prosecutor Lands Book Deal & Facebook Fans

Jeffrey Ashton, the attorney who prosecuted the Casey Anthony case, is writing a book about the trial called Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. Ashton (pictured, via) will publish his book in November.

HarperCollins Publishers already has the book listed for pre-order on Barnes& Despite the fact that the retailer doesn’t even have a cover of the book listed, let alone any content, the book already have 14 five-star reviews.

Anthony, the young Florida mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, was acquitted in July. The author already has an official Facebook page with more than 9,300 followers and a furious debate in the comments section.

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Haruki Murakami Excerpts ’1Q84′ in New Yorker

This week The New Yorker ran an excerpt from Haruki Murakami‘s upcoming novel, 1Q84.

Check it out: “Most people think of Sunday as a day of rest. Throughout his childhood, however, Tengo had never once viewed Sunday as a day to enjoy. For him, Sunday was like a misshapen moon that showed only its dark side. When the weekend came, his whole body began to feel sluggish and achy, and his appetite would disappear.”

If you want some mood music for “Town of Cats,” check out our growing Murakami playlist on Spotify. It includes many songs from the novel, constantly updated as this GalleyCat editor works his way through a review copy of the novel.

How to Host a Video Book Club Visit

Skype made book club headlines today as one author used the video chat service to visit book clubs around the country.

If you want to have an author speak to your book club through video chat, check out our Authors Who Visit Book Clubs list to find nearly 1,000 writers–simply explore the “Video Chat” category to find a video-friendly author in your favorite genre. Read our Host a Virtual Book Club on Facebook, Skype or Google article for more tools.

Here’s more from Reuters: “Nine book clubs across the United States took part in an hour-long discussion earlier this month with Meg Wolitzer, the best-selling author of the ‘The Ten-Year Nap,’ in what is thought to be the first coast-to-coast virtual book club with multiple participants.” (Image via)

Dick Cheney Memoir Spoofed by Taiwanese Animators

To prepare for Dick Cheney‘s controversial memoir In My Time (on sale tomorrow), Taiwanese animators have brought the book and its response to life in a funny video (embedded above).

In the video, Former President George Bush is shown reading a book about pet goats while Cheney is off dealing with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the real book, Cheney reportedly reveals a secret resignation letter and criticizes his colleagues.

If you can’t get enough of these Taiwanese animations, check out their latest video on Hurricane Irene.

Online Directory Collects 3,500+ Places to Publish Your Story or Poem

All the short story writers and poets in the audience know how hard it can be to find a home for your work.

Using the awesome free directory at Duotrope you can explore more than 3,500 different publications, sorting the results by genre, length or pay-scale. We did a quick search for a hypothetical literary science fiction western story, discovering four publications that might be interested in our imaginary work.

Here’s more from the site: “Welcome to Duotrope, an award-winning, free writers’ resource listing over 3525 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished … We usually make several updates per day, and we check each of the current listings regularly (at least once a month) to ensure the most up-to-date database humanly possible.”

Hunger Games Clip Unveiled by MTV

At the Video Music Awards MTV revealed the first clip from the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ bestselling novel, The Hunger Games. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

If you want more forest and archery footage, fans of the YA series have filled YouTube with homemade trailers. These labors of love have earned hundreds of thousands of views in the process.

Below, we’ve embedded the five most popular fan-made trailers for the movie. What’s your favorite?

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Three Elements of a Killer Title

What makes a great title?

Writer Katie Ganshert recently listed three key elements for making a killer title. A title should represent the story, add intrigue and, most importantly, “it has to sound good.”

Here’s more from Ganshert’s blog post: “Titles shouldn’t make tongues twist or noses wrinkle. They should be pleasing to read and say. I’m a big fan of alliteration. I love When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. Not only is it intriguing, it’s poetic. The repeating C sound works really well. I bought this book because I fell in love with the title and I haven’t even read it yet.”

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BookLamp Tutorial, NaNoWriMo Success & Publish America Threat: Top Publishing Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from how to convert PDFs to Sherlock Holmes cuts to the new BookLamp service.

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1. NaNoWriMo Writer Lands 6-Figure Deal After 30 Rejections
2. Haruki Murakami Yanked from School District Reading List
3. Creative Writing Program Rankings Released
4. Publish America Threatens to Sue J.K. Rowling
5. Convert Your PDFs into Clean Kindle or ePub Files
6. 30 Tips from National Novel Writing Month
7. Download Free Copy of Banned Sherlock Holmes Book
8. National Novel Writing Month Writers Produce 2,799,449,947 Words
9. How Publishers & Readers Can Use BookLamp
10. Win $25,000 in Reader’s Digest Writing Contest

Librarians Reshelve 27,000 Books After Virginia Earthquake

Following the earthquake in Virginia this week, more than 27,000 books fell off the shelves at the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library.

As you can see at this university Flickr set, a crack team of librarians worked quickly to clean up the mess. It’s an inspiring example of librarians working hard despite fiscal and natural disasters this year. We also remind you to nominate your favorite librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award.

Here’s more from the library: “The ground shook. The books dropped. The staff got to work… But just more than 24 hours after the quake, all the books were on carts, ready to be evaluated and sorted. Workers separated damaged books from those ready to be reshelved. Great people work in libraries.”