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Archives: September 2013

‘Masters of Sex’ Pop-Up Exhibit Opens in New York City

The Masters of Sex pop-up exhibition has opened at the Old Bowery Station in New York City.

The exhibit was inspired by the Showtime TV series that adapted Thomas Maier’s biography, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.

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Stephen King Is the Most Popular Author on Amazon

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With the release of Doctor SleepStephen King has rocketed to the top of Amazon’s charts this week, currently ranked the most popular author at the online bookseller.

The novel is a sequel to King’s The Shining. While accepting the Mason Prize at George Mason University in 2011, King read an excerpt from the sequel. You can watch that video at this link.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is the fourth most popular author on Amazon right now, and his publisher just announced they would print 100,000 copies of Killing Jesus: A History–beyond the first printing of 1.2 million books.

Jennifer Lawrence To Star in ‘East of Eden’ Adaptation

eastofedenJennifer Lawrence will star in a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will develop the project and Anna Culp will executive produce. Literary agency McIntosh & Otis negotiated the deal with Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment, re-optioning the rights that the studio acquired in 2004. Sample the famous novel at this link:

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

47% of Adults Engaged in Literary Reading Last Year

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The National Endowment for the Arts released its annual Public Participation in the Arts report, revealing that 54 percent of adults read books that were not required for work or school last year. Are you surprised?

Beyond that figure, 45 percent of adults read novels or short stories. As you can see by the chart embedded above, electronic media was the dominant medium for art consumption. Check it out:

Adults are included in this category if they did at least one of the following types of reading in the preceding 12 months: Books not required for work or school (54 percent of adults) Literary reading (47 percent of adults). Types of literature may have included: Novels or short stories (45 percent of adults) Poetry (7 percent) Plays (3 percent) … adults’ rates of literary reading (novels or short stories, poetry, and plays) dropped back to 2002 levels (from 50 percent in 2008 to 47 percent in 2012).

Manuscript Wish Lists Hashtag Returns

Hundreds of agents, editors and publishers have shared their manuscript wish lists on Twitter yesterday, once again using the popular MSWL hashtag.

Below, we’ve created a Storify post linking to many of the posts from the hashtag–they are arranged in a massive list, in no particular order. The list is perfect if you are looking for a literary agent or some literary inspiration.

Did your novel make anyone’s list?

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New Kindle Fire Tablets from Amazon

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Amazon revealed three new Kindle Fire tablets last night, rolling out a 3.0 edition of the Kindle Fire operating system, a release dubbed “Mojito.”

AppNewser has all the details about the new devices. The new models included the Kindle Fire HD, the Kindle Fire HDX and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. Here’s more about the cheapest of the new tablets:

The new Kindle Fire has a 1280×800 resolution 7″ screen with 216 pixels per inch, which is 66% more pixels than the previous generation Kindle Fire. The device also has a 1.5 GHz processor, 60% faster than the last model. The device costs $139 and ships on October 2nd.

‘Auntie Claus’ Stop-Motion Film On Kickstarter

Athena Studios hopes to raise $38,000 on Kickstarter for a film project.

The team will use the funds to develop a pitch package and a stop-motion movie trailer based on a the Auntie Claus picture book. Elise Primavera published the Christmas-themed  kid’s book back in 1999. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“Most of our filmmakers grew up with the Rankin/Bass holiday TV specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. They vividly remember a time when stop-motion was associated with the Christmas season and brighter more cheerful stories. Auntie Claus recalls that fond legacy, while building on the pioneering techniques of the modern stop-motion classics.”

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Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award Winners for 2013

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The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winners have been revealed, giving $30,000 to six emerging women writers.

We’ve included a photo of the winners above. Guest speaker Joan Wickersham stands in the middle and the winners are, from left to right: Margaree Little, Jill Sisson Quinn, Tiffany Briere, Kristin Dombek, Ashlee Crews and Kirstin Valdez Quade. Here’s more about the award:

Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to emergent women writers.

Photo via Star Black.

Roy Choi Lands Book Deal

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Kogi truck founder and chef Roy Choi has inked a book deal for a memoir called L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.

Published on November 5th, the memoir will feature 85 recipes, including “Korean fried chicken, carne asada, homemade chorizo, and kimchi and pork belly stuffed pupusas.” The book will be part of Anthony Bourdain‘s imprint at HarperCollin’s Ecco. Here’s more from the release:

Choi takes us through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see, from the casinos where gamblers slurp fragrant bowls of pho to Downtown’s Jewelry District, where a 10-year-old Choi wolfed down Jewish deli classics between diamond deliveries; from the kitchen of his parents’ Korean restaurant and his mother’s pungent kimchi to the boulevards of East L.A. and the best taquerias in the country, to at last, the curbside view from one of his emblematic Kogi taco trucks, where people from all walks of life line-up for a revolutionary meal.

Donald Antrim & Karen Russell Receive MacArthur Genius Grants

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Authors Donald Antrim and Karen Russell were among the 24 creators and thinkers picked as MacArthur Fellows for 2013. These “genius grant” recipients will be the first class of fellows to receive a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend (compared to the previous $500,000 stipend).

The foundation published glowing biographies of the two writers. They cited  Donald Antrim‘s reputation as a “writer’s writer” who “has yet to achieve major commercial success.” Here’s more:

He is a professor at Columbia who is deeply committed to his students, and he is currently working on a new novel and collection of short stories. His style is highly contradictory — at once absurd but relatable, free but structured, romantic but realistic, funny but sad. His unusual style blends tightly controlled prose with comic absurdity and surreal events.

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