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Lara Vapnyar & Drew Barrymore Get Booked

599637_685921801435198_277402430_n-225x300Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Novelist Lara Vapnyar and The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will sit down for a discussion about Vapnyar’s new book, The Scent of Pine. Hear them on Wednesday, February 5th at Macaulay Honors College starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Tony Kushner, Erin Stead & Ben Greenman Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will launch The Slippage along with appearances by Sam Lipsyte, Toure, Claire Vaye Watkins and Amelia Gray. At Franklin Park starting at 8 p.m. (Brooklyn NY)

Screenwriter Tony Kushner and The Public’s artistic director Oskar Eustis will headline a conversation event about Kushner’s Lincoln. See them on Wednesday, May 8th at The Strand Bookstore starting 7:00 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Submit Your Short Fiction to the Literary Upstart Contest

The L Magazine will host four reading events for this year’s Literary Upstart writing contest.

You can submit your short fiction until May 28th; submissions must be no longer than 1,300-words. The grand prize winner will get a $500 award and be published in the annual Summer Fiction Issue.

The top writers will be invited to one of three semi-final round readings on April 17th, May 1st or May 22nd. All the contestants who place first in the semi-final rounds will move on to perform one more time at the grand finale reading on June 4th.

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Facts Without Wikipedia Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

To protest the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) bills in Congress, Wikipedia has shut down for the day. As readers around the world cope with the loss, Facts Without Wikipedia has become a trending topic on Twitter.

We’ve enjoyed reading these fake facts all morning, and we collected our favorite encyclopedia flash fiction below–what have you learned without Wikipedia? Author Ben Greenman has published a helpful essay at McSweeney’s.

Here’s more about the protest:  “Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time … SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively … In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet.”

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How To Use Charts To Research Your Novel

While working on a novel about a chart artist, novelist and New Yorker editor Ben Greenman created his own charts. The work ended up collected in the Museum of Silly Charts at Jason Oberholtzer and Cody Westphal‘s I Love Charts blog.

Above, we’ve embedded one of Greenman’s chart-experiments. Very Short List recently interviewed the novelist about his charts. Greenman’s regular graphing actually helped him explore the mind of an imaginary character. What’s the craziest thing you ever did to research a novel?

Check it out: “Greenman told us that a character in his next novel is a chart artist. Making these charts was a way for the writer to get into his character’s head. And judging by the results, it’s a very strange head to be in … There are a dozen charts in all, andtheir cumulative effect is oddly satisfying, in an Idiocracy-meets-The Office kind of way.”

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Memoirs-on-Demand Get Booked

Our events calendar features memoirs-on-demand and a small press party. To get your literary event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page for the simple directions.

Ben Greenman and Neil Strauss will team up for “an evening offering improvisational comedy, stories about the publicity machine, and the chance for audience members to have their memoirs written right then and there” tonight at the PowerHouse Arena at 7 p.m. (Nov. 4)

Take the Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour this weekend. It starts at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC at noon. Tickets are $20 per person. (Nov. 7)

Bookcourt Small Press Night and Open City Books will present a reading and party for There’s a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came from by Bryan Charles from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. (Nov. 17)

New Literary Mash-Up Genre: Tabloid Fiction

Russian short story writer Anton Chekhov has joined British novelist Jane Austen on the mash-up victims’ list. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman has published Celebrity Chekhov, taking Chekhov’s writings and adding celebrities. Not to give away too much, but actress Lindsay Lohan receives a flogging on the command of her reality star mother, Dina Lohan.

The Daily News explained how Greenman conceived this idea for “Tab Lit:” “Greenman determined that the best way to update Chekhov’s dramas of love, loss and pride was via our national obsession with fame. ‘Aren’t celebrities fictional characters anyway?’ he asks. Besides, he points out, celebrities face ‘similar pressures’ to Chekhov’s characters: Many of the stories deal with the divide between public and private.”

Earlier this year, Greenman released What He’s Poised To Do, a collection of fourteen short stories about love and letter-writing. Chekhov was renowned for his short stories and plays, especially his four major plays: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. He also practiced medicine and maintained a busy career as a physician. According to the publication Letters of Anton Chekhov he once said, “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress.”

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Literary Journal Meets Thrift Store

so.jpgLike a Salvation Army staffed by brilliant writers, Significant Objects has created a new kind of online journal–publishing and selling on eBay.

The new site pairs a writer with an odd object–a mug, a child’s game, or a ceramic cat. The author writes a story about the object, and the object and story are sold on eBay to the highest bidder. The amazing author list includes Luc Sante, Lydia Millet, Ben Greenman, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Stewart O’Nan.

Here’s more from the site: “The winning bidder is mailed the significant object, along with a printout of the object’s fictional story. Net proceeds from the sale are given to the respective author. Authors retain all rights to their stories.”

Party Like a New Yorker Editor

pleasestepbackd.jpgIn his Twitter essay this week, Dan Baum called the New Yorker office atmosphere “vastly strained,” and Susan Orlean objected. As a real life counterpoint, one New Yorker editor’s book party wasn’t a bit strained earlier this week.

GalleyCat Secret Agent Rachel Sklar prowled Ben Greenman‘s book party at Galapagos Art Space. The editor was celebrating the release of “Please Step Back,” and the two-level party was packed with literary types. Greenman even unveiled his theme song, “Please Step Back” by Swamp Dogg.

Here’s more from Rachel Sklar: “Who else was there–Sasha Frere-Jones (on stage w/ him); Jody Rosen (Slate); David Sax (Save The Deli), Alana Newhouse (Nextbook Editor in Chief), Dan Rollman (URDB); Lauren Mechling (“Dream Girl” ); Larry Smith (Six Word Memoirs). Greenman commented: ‘Brooklyn humiliates other cities in terms of how many people are doing good work.’”