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Gary Shteyngart Blurbs To Be Celebrated

On November 7, a special reading at WORD in Brooklyn will celebrate the blurbs that novelist Gary Shteyngart has bestowed upon other books.

Jacob Silverman created a Tumblr site dedicated to archiving The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, collecting the author’s praise for books by authors ranging from Molly Ringwald to Adam Wilson to Lev Grossman. You can also follow Shteyngart on Twitter.

Check it out:  ”The Shteyngart blurb has become almost a seal of approval that, while comical in the sheer amount of books he’s actually blurbed, are actually really good ways to tell if you’re going to like a book or not … The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, Live brings together John Wray, Rachel Shukert, Adam Wilson, Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Karolina Waclawiak (as well as a few words from Silverman), all authors blurbed by Mr. Shteyngart, for a night of readings and tribute to the Russian-born oligarch of back cover quotes..” (Photo via Mark Coggins; link via Sarah Weinman)

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Tin House Is Available Digitally Via reKiosk

A digital version of the literary journal Tin House is now available via the indie e-commerce site reKiosk. The site is now selling copies of past issues of Tin House, The Writer’s Notebook II, along with the current issue of the publication.

The current issue is all about Brooklyn and Portland. The issue costs $9.99. Here is more about the new issue: “For thirteen years Tin House has been publishing out of both Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. In the issue: Ursula K. Le Guin, Hannah Tinti, Charles D’Ambrosio, Ben Lerner, Vanessa Vaselko, Adam Wilson, Evan Hughes, and more.”

Writers and bookstores looking for an avenue to sell works digitally should check out reKiosk. AppNewser has more about reKiosk’s new features: “The site now includes the ability to send gift files for free via email. Anytime a user uploads a file, they can give it away to 20 different people by clicking on the gift icon in the user’s catalog. The gift recipients don’t have to be reKiosk members, but they do have to join to download the item.”

Michael R. Underwood Lands Book Country’s Second Book Deal

Speculative fiction writer Michael R. Underwood has inked a book deal with Simon and Schuster Pocket Books this week, the second deal that began in Penguin’s Book Country writing community.

Nelson Literary agent Sara Megibow negotiated the two-book deal with Pocket Star editor Adam Wilson. You can read Underwood’s work at this Book Country link.

Underwood wrote about the experience on his blog: “Back at the end of January, Adam Wilson, of Pocket Books, sent me an email saying he’d read an excerpt of Geekomancy on Book Country and saw from my blog that I had a completed draft, so could he see it? At that point, I was reminded of Ghostbusters.  If someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes.  If an editor asks to see your manuscript, you say yes.  There may be actually reasons to say no to an editor, but I didn’t have any good ones.  I sent the manuscript along with a note that I was still in revisions and could send a more polished version later, if he preferred.  Adam said he’d read the as-is version, and in a little over a week, he wrote back and wanted to schedule a phone call.” (pictured, via)

BookCourt Bookseller Lands Debut Novel Deal

BookCourt bookseller and blogger Adam Wilson has sold his debut novel to Harper Perennial. Flatscreen is “a coming-of-age story about a young man trying to become a new person in a world where nothing is new,” and publication is set for 2012.

Wilson serves as pop culture blogger for Black Book and deputy editor of The Faster Times. Erin Hosier of the Dunow, Carlson and Lerner literary agency negotiated the deal for world English rights with editor Michael Signorelli.

Signorelli had this statement in the release: “We became aware of Adam through his blogging and his stellar bookselling at Book Court. Acquiring Adam’s novel is like a last-minute present to myself. This and last week have been so quiet, hardly anyone’s around to tell me ‘no.’”