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Posts Tagged ‘Augusten Burroughs’

Kate Gavino Profiles Authors in ‘Last Night’s Reading’ Tumblr

6AE3LscKate Gavino (pictured, via) has launched an art blog called “Last Night’s Reading.”

This New York City-based writer regularly attends reading events and subsequently creates drawings that feature an author and a meaningful quote. So far, Gavino has created portraits featuring Augusten Burroughs, Zadie Smith, David Levithan, and more.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gavino explained that she became “inspired to start the project because I would go to so many of these readings and hear authors dole out such great advice. I didn’t just want to tweet about it, so I decided to start illustrating them.” What do you think?

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Promotions & New Hires at Random House Children’s Books

The Random House Children’s Books marketing department has hired Kimberly Lauber as its director of marketing and Laura Antonacci as senior manager of library marketing.

Seven members of the marketing team also received promotions: Kerri Benvenuto (executive director of marketing, licensing, and proprietary brands), Rachel Feld (executive director of consumer development), Lynn Kestin (director of content development), Lauren Adams (marketing coordinator), Nora MacDonald (associate marketing manager), Santhana Souksamrane (producer), Linda Camacho (marketing associate), and Beth Conte (executive director of marketing, production, and operations).

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Augusten Burroughs Directs a Music Video

Dry and Running with Scissors author Augusten Burroughs has made his directorial debut, directing a music video shoot for “Hardbody Hoedown” by The Skivvies.

We’ve embedded the music video below (contains extremely NSFW language and The Skivvies in their skivvies)–what do you think? Burroughs made the announcement on Facebook; so far the posting has drawn more than 200 “likes.”

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Gallery of Elaborate Literary Tattoos

Buzzfeed compiled a list of 20 bibliophile fans and their “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos.”

The list features people who have acquired highly elaborate tattoos paying homage to titles such as Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.

According to an interview we did with tattoolit bloggers Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, authors Kurt Vonnegute.e. cummings, and William Shakespeare enjoy great popularity amongst tattooed readers.

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Picador Launches 140-Character Book Club

9780312427801.jpgPicador formed a new book club on Twitter today, and at two o’clock this (Tuesday) afternoon, they will give away free copies of the inaugural book.

The club begins with Yoko Ogawa‘s “The Housekeeper and the Professor,” which will be discussed on April 10, 2009 in pithy Twitter posts. Upcoming book club titles include: “A Wolf at the Table” by Augusten Burroughs, “The Story of a Marriage” by Andrew Sean Greer and “Last Last Chance” by Fiona Maazel.

The book club has its own webpage, with information about sign-up and today’s giveaway: “[Sign up for Twitter] then ‘follow’ Picador here so you can hear about the upcoming announcements and discussions. We’ll create special hash tags (#) to append to your tweets during the discussion. This way, you can simply search here with the hash tag to see what people are saying! It’s open to all and ongoing – if you missed a recent discussion day, you can still contribute.”

Running with Scissors Lawsuit Settled

The Boston Globe reports that the Turcotte family, which claimed author Augusten Burroughs defamed them in his best-selling book RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, has settled a lawsuit against the author and his publisher. Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin’s Press, agree to call the work a “book” instead of “memoirs,” in the author’s note and to change the acknowledgments page in future editions to say that the Turcotte family’s memories of events he describes “are different than my own,” and expressing regret for “any unintentional harm” to them, according to Howard Cooper, an attorney for the family. He said financial terms of the settlement are confidential.

According to a statement from the family’s attorneys, Burroughs’ new acknowledgments note will say that the Turcottes “are each fine, decent, and hardworking people,” and that the book was not intended to hurt them. “With this settlement, together with our settlement with Sony last year, we have achieved everything we set out to accomplish when we filed suit two years ago,” the family said in the statement. “We have always maintained that the book is fictionalized and defamatory. This settlement is the most powerful vindication of those sentiments that we can imagine.”

Robison Inks Deal for Asperger Memoir

John Robison is known in one sphere as the guy who helped KISS concoct their stadium show in the 1970s, customizing guitars to shoot smoke bombs and flames. He’s also the older brother of notorious memoirist Augusten Burroughs. The cred combination may well have helped him land a book deal with Crown for a memoir about his lifelong struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome, the New York Post‘s Keith Kelly reports. The $1.1 million dollar figure is, well, classic New York Post dollars money, but he does get a revealing quote from editor-in-chief Steve Ross. “We pre-empted the book about two hours after we saw the manuscript,” he said about the “darkly comic” proposal. The book is slated to hit stores this fall.