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Posts Tagged ‘Cormac McCarthy’

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Amazon Deal & Art of Letter Writing: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s shocking news about Amazon, a fake Cormac McCarthy Twitter account and  Jack Gantos‘ Newbery Medal winning novel (pictured).

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1. 10 Bestselling Books with More Than 80 One-Star Reviews
2. What’s the Best Book You’ve Read in a Single Day?
3. Cormac McCarthy Did Not Join Twitter
4. Pinterest Tips for Writers
5. INFOGRAPHIC: Most Quoted Books of 2011
6. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Distribute Amazon Books
7. J.R.R. Tolkien & George Orwell Removed From Public Domain
8. Best Mystery Books of 2011
9. Revive the Lost Art of Letter Writing Next Month
10. Jack Gantos Wins the Newbery Medal

Cormac McCarthy Did Not Join Twitter

This morning a Twitter impersonator made waves online, pretending to be novelist Cormac McCarthy.

While the laconic writer would be a perfect fit for Twitter, the Vintage Anchor Twitter feed told publishing reporter Sarah Weinman that it was not the real McCarthy. Above, we’ve embedded the publisher’s tweet.

If you want to see the series of fake tweets, we’ve collected his or her work in a Storify collection. Did you fall for the Twitter hoax? Read more

What If Cormac McCarthy Was on Yelp?

Laughing Squid contributing editor EDW Lynch created a satirical tribute to novelist Cormac McCarthy called “Yelping with Cormac.” The blog answers the hypothetical question: “What if Cor­mac McCarthy was on Yelp?”

So far, the blog has posted reviews of business establishments based in the West Coast including Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, two rounds on Taco Bell,  and The Apple Store.

Here’s more from McCarthy’s three-star review of McDonald’s: “He pulled another cold french fry from the greasestained Happy Meal box. He ate it slowly. The sun rising behind him over the limestone bluffs. The barren valley and the road winding through it still in morning’s blue shadow.” (Image, via TweetinCormac)

Authors Who Doodled

Flavorpill has collected the doodles of famous authors, including Sylvia Plath, David Foster Wallace, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Allen Ginsberg, Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jorge Luis Borges.

The drawings ranged from insect portraits to nightmare images. Wallace drew one of the funnier pieces, doodling glasses and fangs on a photo of Cormac McCarthy.

Vonnegut (pictured with his artwork, via) incorporated many of his drawings into his books. He even had his own art gallery exhibitions. What author should illustrate their next book?

James Franco to Adapt William Faulkner & Cormac McCarthy

Actor and author James Franco will direct film adaptations of William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian. The Faulkner film will begin production in summer 2011 and the McCarthy film will follow in 2012.

Franco (pictured, via) explained how he intends to deal with Faulkner’s rotating narrators to Entertainment Weekly: “I don’t believe it’ll feel the same if you divide it as rigidly as the book, like titles that say ‘Cash’ and then you’re with Cash. You can slip into the characters’ heads and give them their inner voice for a while, but it has to be more fluid because movies just work differently than books.”

In addition to publishing a short story collection last year, Franco took on the roles of poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl and memoirist Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. (Via Shelf Awareness)

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Here’s more about Llosa (pictured, via) from the Nobel site: “[he was awarded] for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”

UPDATE: eBookNewser has more about the author’s conspicuous lack of eBooks. Picador will reprint 10 paperbacks by the Nobel winner. Finally, Maud Newton points us to the novelist’s Charlie Rose interview.

In a 2002 Guardian interview, the novelist explained his commitment to writing: “The writer’s job is to write with rigour, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life.”

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Cormac McCarthy, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, & Haruki Murakami Lead Betting Odds for Nobel Prize in Lit

award.jpgAs gamblers enter the final day of betting on the Nobel Prize in Literature, the U.K. betting site Ladbrokes continues to adjust the odds. Cormac McCarthy currently leads the field with 5/2 odds of winning the prize.

Behind him are Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o with 7/2 odds and Japanese author Haruki Murakami with 6/1 odds. As we reported last week, the Nobel Prize announcement is set for tomorrow (October 7).

Take these odds with a grain of salt. Last year, Herta Müller beat some tough odds to win the 2009 prize–Ladbrokes had Israeli author Amos Oz as the 4 to 1 favorite. (Via Michael Orthofer)

Cormac McCarthy Has Updated 3/1 Odds to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

award.jpgAs U.K. gamblers adjust the odds for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Cormac McCarthy has lept to the top of the heap with 3/1 odds of winning the world’s most prestigious literary prize.

At the Ladbrokes betting site, the experts are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the world’s most prestigious literary prize. At the same time, Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o saw his odds rise to 11/4 and the odds for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to win the prize rose to 9/1.

Yesterday, Betting Pro had more about the odds from Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. He explained: “We’ve never seen anything like it. Ngugi was a rank outsider when we first looked at the candidates but we fear we’ve got it horribly wrong. Punters cant get enough of him and we’re dreading him being announced the winner.” (Via Michael Orthofer)

Orhan Pamuk Seeks to Build Museum

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (pictured) seeks to build his fictional  Museum Of Innocence as an actual museum. The museum will be located in Pamuk’s hometown Istanbul, Turkey, and he hopes to open before the end of 2010.

Turk Net Haber reports: “Pamuk has been carrying out the preliminary activities for the establishment of the museum in Istanbul’s Cukurcuma district for a long time. The museum is expected to make a poetic and documentary representation of the culture of Istanbul from 1950s until the present day, through various objects used in daily life, photographs, paintings and movies.”

In 2008, Pamuk published The Museum Of Innocence in Turkey. Maureen Freely handled the English translation and that came out in 2009 from Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf imprint. Freely has worked alongside Pamuk as the translator for five of his novels including The Black Book, Snow, Other Colors, Istanbul, and The Museum Of Innocence.

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Cormac McCarthy Has 8/1 Odds to Win 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

award.jpgNovelist Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and Blood Meridian) received a huge boost from the betting site Ladbrokes over the weekend. He was given 8/1 odds to win the Nobel Prize in Literature as UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the world’s most prestigious literary prize.

At the same time, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o rocketed up the chart, gaining 6/1 odds as the October 7th announcement nears. Swedish author Tomas Transtromer still has the best chance with 4/1 odds. Japan’s Haruki Murakami and Autstralia’s Les Murray both have 11/1 odds of winning the prize.

Betting Pro has more about the odds from Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. He explained: “We’ve never seen anything like it. Ngugi was a rank outsider when we first looked at the candidates but we fear we’ve got it horribly wrong. Punters cant get enough of him and we’re dreading him being announced the winner.” (Via Michael Orthofer)

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