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Archives: October 2012

powerHouse Arena Sustains ‘Major Damage’ from Hurricane Sandy

 

Hurricane Sandy pounded powerHouse Arena and the Brooklyn bookstore sustained “major damage” during the storm. Below, we’ve collected tweets and images from the store’s Twitter feed (including the photo of powerHouse Books CEO Daniel Power).

Located in the DUMBO neighborhood, the sprawling shop is a “gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space” that has hosted countless literary events. The bookstore published a series of tweets about the damage, showing how the water rose 28 inches inside the store during the storm.

Follow this link to visit the store online. The owners “hope to re-open soon.” In the meantime, here are some ways to help Hurricane Sandy victims on the East Coast.

 

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How To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy smashed through the East Coast last night, leaving many in need. If you want to help victims of this terrible storm, you can donate money to Red Cross disaster relief right now.

You can also make an appointment to donate blood to the Red Cross. The organization explained in a report: “Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives have already been cancelled due to the storm, and there could be more as the week goes on. This means a loss of as many as 3,200 blood and platelet products. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation now.”

Over 3,200 people stayed in Red Cross shelters in nine states as Hurricane Sandy swept through the country. The group has sent 1,300 workers to the region along with 230,000 ready-to-eat meals.

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Bookstores Reopen After Storm

As the East Coast emerged from Hurricane Sandy, a few bookstores opened their doors to the community. At the same time, literary blogger Edward Champion reported that Brooklyn’s Powerhouse Arena has been “devastated.”

We’ve collected a few Twitter dispatches from bookstores below, we will update as the day continues. Here is a growing list of ways you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If you are looking for a place to relax or refresh during this tough time, your local bookstore could be a good place to visit. Community Bookstore summed it up: “You can’t beat a book when it comes to disaster comfort. Doesn’t need charging AND can be read by candlelight.”

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Barnes & Noble Brings Nook To The U.K.

Barnes & Noble has launched its Nook line of eReaders in the U.K. The bookseller is currently selling the Nook Simple Touch for £79 and the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight for £109 via its website nook.co.uk.

The bookseller has also partnered with the supermarket chain Asda to sell Nooks and digital media. Nook devices will be the exclusive eReader in more than 300 Asda stores across the U.K. as well as online at Asda Direct.

Barnes & Noble enters the British market later than its competitors. Amazon and Kobo both introduced devices and launched  eBook stores in the U.K. last year.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Playwright Inks Deal at Simon & Schuster

Glen Berger, one of the playwrights behind the Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster.

Berger’s book, Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, has a tentative release date set for 2013. Publisher Jonathan Karp oversaw the acquisitions process for this project.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “[Berger] was brought onto the project by Tony winning director Julie Taymor, with whom he co-wrote the book, but he and Ms. Taymor had an ugly split when she was fired in 2011, and a new writer and director were brought in to make the musical more family- and tourist-friendly.”

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Writing Contest Deadline Extended

GalleyCat readers are furiously rewriting Varney the Vampirea bestselling vampire novel packed with purple prose and surreal scenes. To account for Hurricane Sandy, we are extending the contest deadline from October 31 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Media App Summit, we launched The World’s Longest Literary Vampire Remix writing contest. If you signed up for the contest and haven’t received your page to remix for the contest, email GalleyCat and we’ll make sure you get your official page.

We have been spotlighting entries on Tumblr page, including Lady Gaga Meets Varney the Vampire  and Cliche Cockney Vampire Remix and Vampire Haiku.

Brooklyn Author Held Down Her Roof During Hurricane Sandy

for you physics nerds, I described the roof exit setup to my pop, and he had me get a piece of wood (handily left over from A/C removal) and twist the ropes tighter. so glad, wind is really hammering it now.

Brooklyn-based author Deanna Zandt spent six hours during Hurricane Sandy holding down the roof of her house. Literally.

As high winds buffeted the East Coast, the fire escape hatch blew open on her home in Brooklyn. Worried that the air pressure could wreck her house, Zandt and her landlords struggled to secure the hatch for hours. Here’s an excerpt from her harrowing story:

I went to the back of the house, slowly, and noticed light and a breeze coming through the cracks of the doors of my back closet. Opened the doors to find that the lid to the fire escape roof hatch had blown off. Here’s the problem with this whole lid-blowing-off thing: it’s not just the rain. An open window/door/whatever during a hurricane creates a pressurized situation that allows very little wind force to lift a roof right off of the house. Only thing we could do was take turns holding on. Holding on to our roof.

Library Status Updates After Hurricane Sandy

Many East Coast readers have visited their libraries today, looking for a dry place, electricity or online resources.

Libraries play an important role after natural disasters, offering a community space and resources for displaced residents.

To help our readers, we are collecting status updates from libraries around the East Coast–find out if your local library is open or closed. We will update all day as the list grows. Here is a growing list of ways you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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How To Maximize Battery Life on Your Devices

 

Hurricane Sandy left millions of Americans without power last night, including nearly 750,000 New Yorkers. The New York City mayor’s office estimated that 6,100 residents are staying in emergency shelters.

Until the power comes back on, we’ve collected some advice for maximizing the battery life on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

When your battery is low, avoid multitasking with different applications. “Do one thing at a time when you’re on battery.”

Turn down the brightness on your screen: “Automatic brightness controls that adapt to light can help, and you may want to check sound and vibration notifications and adjust those too.”

Perform only necessary functions on your device. “Passive activities like email and word processing consume much less power than gaming or playing a DVD.”

On a tablet or smartphone, turn off any apps running in the background. “there are apps running in the background of your phone that you think you closed or reappear each time you reboot your device”

 

Will Ferguson Wins 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Novelist Will Ferguson has won the $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency) Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, 419. The jury had this commentary:

Ferguson’s 419 points in the direction of something entirely new: the Global Novel. It is a novel emotionally and physically at home in the poverty of Lagos and in the day-to-day of North America. It tells us the ways in which we are now bound together and reminds us of the things that will always keep us apart. It brings us the news of the world far beyond the sad, hungry faces we see on CNN and CBC and far beyond the spreadsheets of our pension plans. Ferguson is a true travel writer, his eye attuned to the last horrible detail. He is also a master at dialogue and suspense. It is tempting to put 419 in some easy genre category, but that would only serve to deny its accomplishment and its genius.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the shortlisted books for your reading pleasure. In all, 51 publishing houses from around Canada submitted 142 titles for consideration. The three-person jury included novelists Gary Shteyngart and Roddy Doyle, along with Canadian publisher Anna Porter.

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