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2013 Guggenheim Fellows Revealed

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has released its list of 2013 Fellows, and the list includes a number of literary winners.

Kiran Desai, Adam Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Ben Marcus, David Means, Terese Svoboda and Colson Whitehead were all named fiction fellows for 2013. The nonfiction fellows included: Joshua FoerJ. C. Hallman, Bill Hayes, Sylvia Nasar, Carlin Romano and David Rosenberg.

We’ve rounded up more literary winners below. Here’s more from the committee: “This year, after considering the recommendations of panels and juries consisting of hundreds of distinguished artists, scholars, and scientists, the Board of Trustees has granted Fellowships to 175 individuals.”

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Salman Rushdie to Chair PEN World Voices Festival

The lineup for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature has been revealed.  The annual event will be held in New York City from April 30th through May 6th.

Novelist and PEN World Voices chair Salman Rushdie will deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture this year. The festival will feature Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Graydon Carter, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, E.L. Doctorow, Tony Kushner, Herta Müller, Marjane Satrapi, Colson Whitehead and many other writers.

Rushdie had this statement in the release: “In an era of ever-expanding ‘screen-time,’ live/in-person readings, conversations and literary performances have never been more radical or more necessary … These live events break down the invisible walls that separate us into our own solitary computer pods and re-assert the importance of dialogue, activism, and community without borders.”

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Zombie Attack at Random House

Today novelist Colson Whitehead published his post apocalyptic zombie novel,  Zone One.

To celebrate, Random House launched the #RHZombies hashtag on Twitter, telling the story of a publisher-wide zombie attack across many different Twitter feeds and imprints. If you are looking for more zombie action, check out our Colson Whitehead Zombie Film Festival.

Here’s more about the book, from Whitehead: “If you are hung up on labels, yes, the book is ‘another genre outing’ for me. Zone One is a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel. My tutelage in the apocalypse came from movies, as opposed to books. A film festival covering the master texts for Zone One would screen the following…”

Knopf & Doubleday Join Spotify

Both Knopf and Doubleday and have joined Spotify, building hand-picked music lists for their authors. The site includes a number of playlists, including mixes from Colson Whitehead, Erin Morgenstern, and Jennifer Egan.

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s more about Whitehead’s playlist for Zone One: “The undead take Manhattan in this literary and literal feast from award-winning author Colson Whitehead. The author selected these 10 songs to set the scene for his postmodern meditation on exterminating zombies in Manhattan.” (Via K.B. Abele)

Colson Whitehead Film Festival

Introducing his upcoming Zone One at BEA this week, novelist Colson Whitehead created a massive list of classic films that influenced his novel.

Oddly enough, this GalleyCat editor has a soft spot in his heart for this particular movie collection. Below, we’ve linked to Netflix streaming movies and YouTube trailers for these classic movies (along with Whitehead’s subtitles). Warning–many of these films contain mature themes.

Here’s more about the book, from Whitehead: “If you are hung up on labels, yes, the book is ‘another genre outing’ for me. Zone One is a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel. My tutelage in the apocalypse came from movies, as opposed to books. A film festival covering the master texts for Zone One would screen the following…” (Via Maud Newton)

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Jeff Howe Relaunches One Book, One Twitter as 1book140

Jeff Howe has partnered with The Atlantic to relaunch the online book club, One Book, One Twitter

Howe explained in the announcement: “I’d always intended to relaunch One Book, One Twitter … It has a new name—1book140—but what hasn’t changed is the global, participatory nature of the affair: The crowd is still in charge.”

Twitter readers will choose the book to read in the online book club.  You can still vote on the following titles: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead. Reading will commence on June 1st.

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Colson Whitehead Unveils New Novel on Twitter

Doubleday will publish Colson Whitehead‘s new novel on October 18th. Entitled Zone One, the book looks at a post-apocalyptic New York City.

The author of Sag Harbor and The Intuitionist tweeted the news: “Ok: My new book is called Zone One & it comes out 10/18. It concerns the rehabilitation of NYC after the apocalypse.” The news has already earned a number of responses and retweets.

Amazon already has a pre-order page for the book (pictured, click to enlarge). Currently, the hardcover price is set for $25.95 and the Kindle edition price is set for $14.27.

Ten Writers Receive $50,000 at 2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards

Last night The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation gave ten writers $50,000 each for the  2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards–celebrating “exceptional talent and promise in early career.” The complete list (and bios) of the authors follows below.

During the ceremony at the Morgan Library & Museum Foundation president Dr. Robert L. Belknap told the winners not to worry about finding blockbuster audiences. “Perhaps they will become incredibly important to a readership that hasn’t even been born yet,” he explained.

Keynote speaker Peter Matthiessen reassured the nominees with tales of his own successes and failures. The great writer shared a rejection note with the recepients: “Dear Peter, James Fenimore Cooper wrote this book 150 years ago, but he wrote it better.” Matthiessen (pictured)  laughed as he recited the note from memory: “Right then, I could have used a Whiting.” Stay tuned for video coverage from the ceremony over the next few days.

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Colson Whitehead to Judge Electric Literature Twitter Contest

shapeimage_1.jpgNovelist Colson Whitehead and the literary journal Electric Literature will host the Stuff My Muse Says contest on twitter this week. Running from today until Friday, April 2nd, one lucky Twitter writer will win a Sony eReader.

Following the lead of web phenomenon S*** My Dad Says, readers can submit inspiring, mundane, comical, or sad things they learned from their inspirational muse. Whitehead shared this tweet: “I had a cat. The cat died. Now all the stuff I used to say to the cat all day, I tweet!”

Here’s more about the contest, and the big prize: “The best tweet your muse say wins, and s/he doesn’t have to be literary–anything goes. The only rule: Put the #stuffmymusesays hashtag at the end of every tweet. All tweets with this hashtag will be automatically entered, and Colson Whitehead will pick the winner. The writer of the winning tweet will receive a BRAND NEW SONY eREADER, as well as honor, glory, and fame.”

Kirkus Reviews Closes; Twittersphere Ponders Future of Book Reviews

kirkus.jpgAs news broke that Kirkus Reviews would close, the Twittersphere exploded with commentary from worried writers, readers, and publishers around the world–can the book review survive the loss of this magazine that has reviewed literature since 1933?

Novelist Colson Whitehead wrote this tribute: “Kirkus, you were always kind to me. Thanks for slightly reducing my prepub anxiety, agony and agita.”

Washington Post Book World fiction editor had these thoughts: “You’d think w 3 newspapers still running book reviews & more than a dozen bookstores left in US, Kirkus would have been rolling in the dough…Every time we lose 1 of these rare independent voices we grow more dependent on publicists, authors’ parents’ friends clogging blogs [with] praise.”

Literary blogger Edward Champion wrote: “What happens to all the books that can’t get coverage in the newspapers? Blogs can’t come close to picking up the slack.”

Soft Skull editor Denise Oswald had this response: “Yikes, is this going to make it even harder to sell in.”

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