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Posts Tagged ‘David Bukszpan’

Will You Celebrate National Scrabble Day?

Will you celebrate National Scrabble Day on April 13? David Bukszpan, author of Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble, will play Scrabble at The Brooklyn Strategist to celebrate the holiday.

The author shared some Scrabble strategies last year on the Morning Media Menu, revealing some literary secrets that GalleyCat readers can use while playing.  Press play at the bottom of this post to listen to the whole interview.

He gave GalleyCat readers a special gift: an enormous list of book-related words you can play in Scrabble.

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How Writers & Readers Can Win at Scrabble

This GalleyCat editor has lost countless games of Scrabble to his wife over the years, but recently discovered that literary knowledge can be a powerful tool while playing the popular word game.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu podcast was David Bukszpan, author of the new book Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of SCRABBLE. Press play at the bottom of this post to listen to the whole interview.

He shared a variety of resources for readers, but also gave GalleyCat readers a special gift: an enormous list of book-related words you can play in Scrabble.

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Marcus Samuelsson, Zadie Smith & David Bukszpan 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.

The Franklin Park Reading Series will feature five authors at tonight’s events. Check it out at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting 8:00 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

This year’s final two conversation events of  NYPL Live! will star Yes, Chef author Marcus Samuelsson and legendary writer Zadie Smith. See them at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on December 10th and December 11th. (New York, NY)

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Book Trailer Painstakingly Parodies U2 Song

To promote Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble, author David Bukszpan, director Alex Laviola and Chronicle Books created a parody video that painstakingly reproduced the video of U2′s classic song, “With or Without You.”

Bukszpan plays Bono in the video (but he didn’t sing the song) and FSG senior publicist Brian Gittis starred as The Edge. We’ve embedded the book trailer above, but you can compare it with the original video at this link.  Here’s more about the book:

Scrabble aficionados may know that both “Brr” and “Brrr” are legitimate plays, but what about everyday names like Peter, Carl, and Marge? They’re not listed as proper nouns, but they are certainly playable. For lovers of Scrabble, Bananagrams, and Words with Friends, this lively guide helps readers make the most out of word games, packed with new ways to remember the best words alongside tips for improving game play and much more. Part strategy guide and part celebration of all things wordy, this collection of facts, tips, and surprising lists of playable words will instruct and delight the letterati.

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Writers to Discuss Borrowed Voices & Stolen Stories

Tonight, the Walls and Bridges Festival will end with a discussion event at FIAF entitled “The Original Copy: Borrowed Voices and Stolen Stories.” Chris Lehmann of Bookforum will moderate a panel of four authors which include Yannick HaenelLaurent NunezVictoria Patterson, and Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Here’s more about the event: “It’ll tackle the topic of the tension inherent in borrowing (a plot, a style, or the entire library of written works) for one’s own use.  It features French authors never before accessible to American audiences who are experimenting in their fiction, plus Americans Victoria Patterson and Siva Vaidhyanathan.”

Admission normally costs $15, but the organizers have a special offer for GalleyCat readers. Email wallsandbridgesrsvp@gmail.com with GALLEYCAT in the subject and get in for free.

Novelist Herman Melville Gets His First Book Trailer

Literary t-shirt empresario David Bukszpan shared that combination t-shirt advertisement and book trailer for Herman Melville–celebrating his line of bookish shirts.

Last month, we interviewed Bukszpan about the promising sales of Novel-T, his line of baseball shirts for famous literary characters and authors. “The shirts are selling very well. Not ‘Going Rogue’ well, but more like ‘a popular literary novel translated from the French’ well,” explained Bukszpan.

The t-shirt maker also hinted at the future: “The second team is currently being assembled–no news yet, but we see some promising players in Europe. There are plenty of 20th Century Americans that we’d love to draft. Writers, agents, estates, or publishers who’d like to make suggestions should write me. We’re hoping to debut the next team in the spring.”

Literary Baseball T-Shirts “Selling Very Well”

whitmanshirt.jpgEverybody panicked about the future of books should keep their shirts on–in September, Novel-T launched a line of baseball shirts for famous literary characters and authors.

To find out about the future of the shirts, GalleyCat interviewed Novel-T co-creator David Bukszpan. “The shirts are selling very well. Not ‘Going Rogue’ well, but more like ‘a popular literary novel translated from the French’ well,” explained Bukszpan. “BookCourt in Brooklyn just stocked up with over a hundred and powerHouse arena (which is also in Brooklyn) has regularly reordered.”

The t-shirt maker added: “The second team is currently being assembled–no news yet, but we see some promising players in Europe. There are plenty of 20th Century Americans that we’d love to draft. Writers, agents, estates, or publishers who’d like to make suggestions should write me. We’re hoping to debut the next team in the spring.”

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