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Posts Tagged ‘Candace Bushnell’

National Book Awards Tonight

GalleyCat contributor and eBookNewser editor Dianna Dilworth will be covering the National Book Awards tonight at Cipriani Wall Street. Follow her coverage live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists.

At the ceremony three years ago, this GalleyCat editor interviewed Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, NBA finalist Salvatore Scibona, NBA executive director Harold Augenbraum and literary blogger Edward Champion about the Great Recession (video embedded above). The stock market had just plunged 400 points and writers gathered for the awards a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange.

This year, the city is still divided over Occupy Wall Street eviction and readers around the country wonder about the future Occupy Wall Street library. It should make for an interesting evening.

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‘The Carries Diaries’ Series Confirmed

The rumors about a Sex and the City prequel have been confirmed: CW will adapt Candace Bushnell‘s The Carrie Diaries. The original HBO series’ writer Amy B. Harris has signed up to work on the project.

Past articles reported that producer Michael Patrick King, lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker and co-star Kristin Davis have protested about the project. Judging by the fan reaction on the Twittersphere, there are many skeptics. Who do you want to play young Carrie Bradshaw?

Here’s more from the article: “The first book in Bushnell’s origin story was published last year and, like Sex and the City, is told from Carrie’s point of view. It follows the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna. The second novel in the series, Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Book, was published in April and revolves around Carrie’s first trip to New York. Both books have been big sellers, with Bushnell signing on this summer to pen two additional installments.”

Amazon Launches The Back Story with Author Interviews & Guest Reviews

Amazon has launched The Back Story, a page promising “author interviews, essays, guest reviews, recipes, and much, much more.”

Amazon has uploaded five videos featuring author interviews with celebrity chef Tom Douglas, bestselling author Joshua Foer, teen fiction writer Holly Black, young-adult novelist Cassandra Clare, and Gossip Girl producer John Stephens. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell revealed Carrie Bradshaw’s 1980s playlist in honor of her new title Summer and the City.

What do you think? Managing editor Mari Malcolm explained: ”We love these conversations so much that we wanted to share them with our customers. We hope that customers will take the opportunity to submit questions on our Amazon Books Facebook page or through our blog, Omnivoracious. They can also contact us at authorinterviews@amazon.com.”

Elaine’s Founder Elaine Kaufman Has Died

Elaine Kaufman, the founder of the famous and literary New York saloon, Elaine’s, passed away today. The 81-year-old restaurant owner hosted some of the city’s best writers since she opened Elaine’s in 1963.

New York magazine had this tribute to the restaurant: “Elaine’s gifts as a hostess were such that her workaday saloon managed to maintain its heat over three decades, from the days when dinosaurs like Tom Wolfe and Lewis Lapham had just hatched to that moment when Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City defined an era of New York social life. ‘You can have a good time there—get incredibly drunk, get out of hand, and nobody bothers you,’ Bushnell opined at the time.”

The party spot starred in the upcoming book, Everyone Comes to Elaine’s
Forty Years of Movie Stars, All-Stars, Literary Lions, Financial Scions, Top Cops, Politicians, and Power Brokers at the Legendary Hot Spot
. The restaurant recently appeared in Gay Talese‘s profile of an opera singer in the New Yorker–”Travels with a Diva: On the road with the soprano Marina Poplavskaya.” (Via Kathleen Schmidt)

Candace Bushnell Gets Enhanced Edition: Sex and the City on Your iPhone

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Enhanced eBooks are coming to a chick lit book near you. Today eBookNewser reported that the newest Sex and the City tome by Candace Bushnell has a brand new enhanced edition prequel to the Sex in the City Series.

Here’s more from the post: “[It's] prequel to the books that spawned the craze: The Carrie Diaries, which comes out today as a book, eBook, and enhanced eBook app [iTunes link]. The app, created by Enhanced Editions for HarperCollins, features an audiobook that reads aloud while showing you the text (like a kids’ eBook!), video content, and “night mode,” which isn’t anything sexy, just white text on a black background. It’s $14.99 from iTunes. The Kindle edition costs good old $9.99.”

For enhanced eBook information, check out our exclusive interview with Enhanced Editions co-founder Peter Collingridge (pictured, via) and Canongate digital editor Dan Franklin–talking about what digital reading will be like in a post-iPad world.

Eat, Pray, Merchandise: Book Inspires Jewelry

9780143038412H.jpgWhen the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir Eat, Pray, Love hits theaters, one company will manufacture as special line of “jewelry, books and travel-related items” to sell alongside the book.

According to WWD, the LA-based jewelry company Dogeared will design the fashion line. Readers and viewers can buy the merchandise at Fred Segal and ABC Home, and prices will range between “$20 to more than $100.” In addition, the company will provide similar merchandise for Sex in the City 2, a sequel to a movie based on a television show based on a book by Candace Bushnell.

Here’s a quote from founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke, from the article: “This is a totally natural fit for Dogeared … We relate to the theme of a woman’s journey for self-fulfillment and happiness.” (Via Rachel Sklar)

Candace Bushnell’s Recession

It’s been a rough year for the glamorous world Candace Bushnell explored in Sex and the City: the stock market crashed, layoffs rocked New York City media world, and the recession crippled the luxury business.

Nevertheless, Bushnell has returned with a new kind of story, a web series promoting a different world–successful, mature women living in a recessionary New York City with laid-off husbands. She wrote ‘The Broadroom‘ for More magazine, and the show debut online this week. GalleyCat visited the glamorous release party in this video, mingling with the show’s stars and getting an introduction to the show from Bushnell herself.

Here’s more about the show from the site: “The four-part series features an accomplished ensemble cast of women including Jennie Garth, Jennifer Esposito, Talia Balsam, Mary McCann and newcomer Lauren Devereux. The webisodes take a humorous look at women in the workplace, addressing everything from breast feeding to rocky relationships to tyrannous male bosses.”

Marketing Staff Changes at HarperStudio

sarahburningham23.jpgToday HarperStudio announced that associate marketing director Sarah Burningham is leaving. In addition, the imprint will hire publishing veteran Jessica Wiener as their new marketing director.

According to the post, Burningham has left to support her second book, “Boyology.” She is also launching a boutique public relations and marketing firm called Little Bird Publicity. Wiener worked at Hyperion Books, promoting books with Mitch Albom, Randy Pausch, and Candace Bushnell. She will start in September.

HarperStudio associate publisher had these thoughts Debbie Stier, from the post: “I have to say, as someone who’s been in publishing for quite a long time, Sarah’s got the magic: the books are great (and as I always say, it goes back to the book); she’s got a great hook (self-help books for teenage girls by a young woman who’s old enough for the Mom’s to feel comfortable with and young enough for the girls to identify with and look up to); and she lights up like a lantern when the camera turns on. From the moment I saw Sarah do her first television interview, I knew the days of her working in house were numbered.”