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Posts Tagged ‘Colm Toibin’

Amazon Has Established a New Contract With Simon & Schuster

SimonSchusterAmazon and Simon & Schuster have established a new multi-year print and digital agreement. The previous contract was scheduled to expire in two months.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “Simon & Schuster, whose recently published works include Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said.”

Many speculate that this development will put more pressure on Hachette to wrap up the ongoing dispute. Several writers have publicly spoken about the situation including Stephen Colbert, John Green, and Malcolm Gladwell. Earlier this week, economist Paul Krugman wrote New York Times article criticizing Amazon’s business practices. How do you predict this will affect the conflict between Amazon and Hachette?

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Jim Crace Gets Best Odds To Win the Booker Prize

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U.K. gamblers at Ladbrokes have set betting odds for the prestigious Booker Prize.

Currently, novelist Jim Crace leads with a 6/4 chance of winning with HarvestColm Toíbín‘s The Testament of Mary has a 7/2 chance of winning and Eleanor Catton‘s The Luminaries has a 4/1 shot.

The winner will be announced on October 15th. We also collected free samples of all the longlisted books and wrote about one longlisted book that was rejected 47 times.

Read Free Samples of the Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker shortlist has been revealed for 2013. We’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list below–what do you think?

The winner will be announced on October 15th.

We also collected free samples of all the longlisted books and wrote about one longlisted book that was rejected 47 times.

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Nan Graham Named Publisher of Scribner Imprint

Stephen King’s longtime editor Nan Graham has been promoted to publisher and senior VP of Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint.

Graham has spent 18 years at the imprint, working with authors that included Don DeLillo, Miranda July, Frank McCourt, Annie Proulx, and Colm Toibin. Scribner Publishing Group president Susan Moldow had this statement in the release:

“As if Nan hadn’t amply proven how deserved this promotion is by her firm hand in shaping the list and staff and insuring the growth of the Scribner imprint over the last eighteen years, her performance of late surely demonstrates that she continues to exercise her singular editorial instincts, abilities, and leadership qualities at the highest levels.”

 

Michael Chabon Publishes Excerpt from ‘Wrecked’ Novel

In an upcoming edition of McSweeney’s, novelist Michael Chabon will publish the first four chapters of Fountain Citya “wrecked” novel Chabon abandoned in 1992. The booklet-sized paperback is 93 pages long, including author annotations and a poster jacket of a Leon Krier painting.

In the  preface to the paperback (pictured),  Chabon described the 1,500-page manuscript about “a poetically sad young man who apprenticed himself to a visionary, postmodern architect.”   McSweeney’s 36 will be released on December 7th–a 275-cubic-inch box containing writings from debut novelist Adam Levin, actor Jesse Eisenberg, and author Colm Toibin.

We wish more writers would give us a glimpse of abandoned manuscripts. Chabon offered aspiring writers some advice about advances  (which he admitted he didn’t follow). Here’s an excerpt: “Don’t take advances; sell your work only when it is complete. A monetary obligation to one’s publisher places all kinds of undue pressure, both subtle and overt, on the writer, chief among them the aforementioned pressure to persist on a f***ed project well beyond the point of reason.”

Man Booker Dozen Announced

manbooker2009.jpgThe Booker Prize Foundation has announced the 13-author “Man Booker Dozen” longlist for the 2009 edition of the £50,000 literary prize. Last year Aravind Adiga won the annual prize for “The White Tiger.”

Here’s a statement from James Naughtie, judicial chair: “The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year’s prize. We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.”

Here are a few of the nominees, full list follows after the jump…
A.S. Byatt “The Children’s Book”
J.M. Coetzee “Summertime”
Adam Foulds “The Quickening Maze”
Sarah Hall “How to paint a dead man”

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Brooklyn Versus Brooklyn

fortunate.jpgTwo Scribner writers–Joanna Smith Rakoff and Colm Toibin–unwittingly picked the same title for upcoming books. As the NY Observer reports, only one book entitled “Brooklyn” could survive.

The article recounts the whole struggle inside Scribner, ending as Rakoff retitled her book “A Fortunate Age.” Even Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz weighed in on this battle of the names.

Here’s more from the article: “So, after five weeks of brainstorming in consultation with her editor at Scribner and her agent, Tina Bennett, Ms. Rakoff settled on A Fortunate Age. She explained on Monday that she actually preferred it to Brooklyn because of its ‘lovely double meaning.’”