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Chuck Klosterman, Zoraida Cordova, Don Wallace, & Dani Shapiro Get Booked

Black HatHere 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.

Books of Wonder will host a launch party for the final installment of Zoraida Cordova’s Vicious Deep trilogy, The Vast & Brutal Sea. Join in on Tuesday, July 1st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)
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Lois Lowry Wins the Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

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This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival brought more than three hundred writers to the literary borough.

Brooklyn Borough president and event founder Marty Markowitz boasted that it is now the third largest literary festival in the country.

Each year, the festival recognizes a literary figure whose work embodies the Brooklyn spirit with the Best of Brooklyn, Inc. award (BoBi). Two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry won the award this year.

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Algonquin Hotel Opens the Simon & Schuster Suite

Simon & Schuster has partnered with the Algonquin Hotel to create the Simon & Schuster Suite and organize a series of author events. Would you stay there?

The suite includes a bookcase filled with a selection of literary classics and modern bestsellers, an advanced copy of a soon-to-be-released book courtesy of the publisher and complimentary breakfast.

Author Chuck Klosterman will kickoff the event series. The debut event, scheduled to take place on July 8th, will celebrate the launch of his new book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined).

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Artists & Musicians Host Benefit Rebuild Red Hook, Brooklyn

Authors and musicians are coming together for a benefit that will raise money to rebuild Red Hook, a water-front community in Brooklyn that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Novelist/journalist Kurt Andersen will host the event, which is called “Defiance: A Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook,” and will take place on November 14th at Littlefield at 7pm. Musicians Steve Earle and Stew will perform and novelists Joseph O’Neill, Sam Lipsyte, and Rivka Galchen will do readings, as will non-fiction writers Phillip Lopate, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Meghan O’Rourke, Deborah Baker, and Robert Sullivan will also participate.

Tickets for the event cost $50, and can be purchased at this link. All proceeds from the event will be split between two charities who are helping to rebuild Red Hook post-Sandy — Red Hook Initiative and Restore Red Hook.

Chuck Klosterman, Sean Howe & David Rothenberg Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your 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.

David Rothenberg‘s first book tour stop will take place at the 14th Street Y. See him on Tuesday, October 9th starting 8 a.m. (New York, NY)

The next installment of the Pen Parentis Literary Salon is scheduled to happen at the Andaz Hotel. Join in on  Tuesday, October 9th starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Chuck Klosterman Named NYT Magzine’s New Ethicist

Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa PuffsEating the Dinosaur; and The Visible Man, is joining The New York Times Magazine as its new ethicist.

The Atlantic Wire broke the news yesterday after noticing a tweet from New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren. Klosterman then told The Atlantic Wire: “This is a job I’ve wanted for 10 years. I don’t claim to be more ethical than anyone else, or even more ethical than the average person. But I love thinking about these types of problems, and I’ll try to be interesting. We’ll see what happens.”

Lindgren wrote on The NY Times blog: “As for his ethical qualifications, anyone who has read Chuck’s work knows him as a writer who likes to confront, with great humor and wisdom, all manner of thorny questions and complicated characters — and who isn’t afraid of expressing his opinions about how things are and How They Should Be. Chuck wrote an exceptional series of tryout columns and expressed his desire for the job with a singular intensity. We expect his columns to be thoughtful, engaging, witty and, yes, helpful.”

Simon & Schuster Launches Webcam Author Interview Site

Simon & Schuster Digital partnered with VYou.com to create Ask the Author, a digital venue for readers to interact with writers. On the new site, authors respond to reader-submitted questions through webcam videos.

Participating writers with Ask the Author pages include: Chris Cleave, Brad Thor, Chuck Klosterman, and Lisa McMann. What do you think about these short video interviews?

Here’s more from the press release: “Using VYou’s innovative technology and any computer that has a webcam, authors can record responses to individual messages or questions entered by their fans. The questions and answers are then organized into ‘conversations,’ giving the experience a live feel. Participating authors can spend as much or as little time as they want on their video, which they can record at any time.”

The Hold Steady Singer to Adapt Chuck Klosterman Memoir

9780743406567.jpgRock star Craig Finn and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman writer Tom Ruprecht will adapt rock & roll writer Chuck Klosterman‘s memoir for the big screen.

Entitled “Fargo Rock City,” the memoir recounts the writer’s adventures as a heavy metal fan in a tiny North Dakota town. The singer and the television writer bought the film rights to the book, and Klosterman will help them produce the feature.

Finn is the literary-minded lead singer of The Hold Steady, and reminisced about his teenage years in The Hollywood Reporter: “[A]t that age that you have drivers licenses and a certain amount of independence, but you’re still young enough that you can totally make terrible decisions … And you’re still young enough that you can have a two-hour argument over whether Motley Crue would beat Guns ‘N Roses in a fight.” (Via Speakeasy)

Writers Remember Patrick Swayze

barrelhouse.jpgThe sad news arrived last night that Patrick Swayze has died. The actor passed away at 57-years-old, following a battle with cancer.

Over the last five years, the literary magazine Barrelhouse has paid tribute to this iconic actor, asking every interviewee the same question: “What’s your favorite Swayze movie?” They received answers from many writerly types, including Chuck Klosterman, Emmylou Harris, and Malcolm Gladwell. Now, they’ve collected all the answers in a single post.

Here’s more from the post: “Part of this whole Barrelhouse enterprise, as evidenced in our tagline, is the celebration of low culture along with more traditional ‘art.’ And there are no movies that embody the greatest aspects of ‘low’ culture better than Swayze movies. Road House and Point Break may be preposterous, but they are so unabashed and inventive in their preposterousness, so goddam comfortable in their own preening, goofy-ass, impossible skin, that some of us quite literally had no choice but to fall in love with them.”