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Posts Tagged ‘Andre Dubus III’

Denis Leary to Host Literary Journal Gala

On November 14th, actor and comedian Denis Leary will host the 40th anniversary gala for the literary journal Ploughshares.

Several celebrity guests  and authors will read ” their favorite selections from the Ploughshares vault.” The event will take place at the Paramount Theater on Emerson College’s campus. Follow this link to purchase tickets for the event or to make a donation.

Here’s more from the press release: “Some of the notable readers include: Alice Hoffman (author of Practical Magic, Oprah Book Selection Here on Earth); Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic RiverGone Baby GoneShutter Island); Cam Neely (Hockey Hall of Famer and current president of the Boston Bruins); Andre Dubus III (author of National Book Award finalist, House of Sand and Fog and Townie, a Salon.com “Mandatory Read”); Sue Miller (bestselling author of The Good MotherInventing the Abbotts, and Oprah Book Club selection While I was Gone); Wally Lamb (author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both Oprah Book Club selections); and Ming Tsai (James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, Emmy Award-winning host of ‘East Meets West,’ and restaurateur).”

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Indie Books Top Oprah Winfrey’s Summer List

peepd.gifSeven independently-published books topped Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Books of Summer list this year, bringing an indie spirit to a list traditionally dominated by major publishers.

According to MobyLives, only one indie book has made the Book Club during the 13 years the popular host started the club–picking W.W. Norton’s “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III in 2000. Winfrey’s seal of approval virtually assures bestseller status for a title.

Here are a few of the indie summer picks, from the post: “‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ published by David Borgenicht‘s Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, is credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith … The next independently published title on Oprah’s list is ‘The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors’ (City Lights Books), by Hal Niedzviecki.”

UPDATE: A previous version of this post included an erroneous fact about the book club picks.