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David Mitchell is Publishing His New Short Story Live on Twitter

davidmitchellBritish author David Mitchell is taking to Twitter to publish his latest short story. He began the project today under the hashtag #THERIGHTSORT. You can read the story at this link.

The story is told from the point of view of a boy who is high on his mother’s Valium. “He likes Valium because it reduces the bruising hurly-burly of the world into orderly, bite-sized ‘pulses’. So the boy is essentially thinking and experiencing in Tweets,” Mitchell told The Guardian. “My hope is then that the rationale for deploying Twitter comes from inside the story, rather than it being imposed by me, from outside, as a gimmick.”

Here is an excerpt:

Mitchell is not the first author to experiment with Twitter as a story telling platform.

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Cloud Atlas Trailer Drives Book Sales

A long trailer for Cloud Atlas has been released online, giving us a glimpse of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s award-winning novel. Follow this link to watch the trailer at Apple.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the trailer has driven some new interest in the book, making it the seventh most popular book on Amazon: “To cash in on the renewed interest, Random House has ordered a new paperback printing of 25,000 copies, to hit stores before a special movie-tie in edition of the book is released in September. Currently, “Cloud Atlas” has 227,000 paperback copies in print in the U.S.”

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? The film comes out October 26th. Follow this link to see cast photos from the movie as well. The Matrix creators Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (the creators of The Matrix) directed the movie.

David Mitchell Gets $20,000 Award for Stay in U.S.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has given novelist David Mitchell the $20,000 E.M. Forster Award. The prize intended to help “a young writer from the United Kingdom or Ireland for a stay in the United States.”

In all, the academy gave $160,000 in awards to 18 different writers for its annual awards. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in May. Winners are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

We’ve listed all the winners below. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Cast in Cloud Atlas

Actress Susan Sarandon and actor Jim Broadbent will star alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the upcoming film adaptation of Cloud Atlas.

Directing duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (the creators of The Matrix) will helm this project. Author David Mitchell published Cloud Atlas in 2004. The novel earned the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The film, is an adaptation of the epic novel by David Mitchell which follows six storylines, each set in a different place and era, stretching from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles.” (via Shelf Awareness)

David Mitchell on The King’s Speech & Stammering Myths

In an essay about The King’s Speech in Prospect magazine, author David Mitchell wrote frankly about his own struggle with a stammer and praised the Academy Award-winning film.

In the essay, the novelist explained the stammering character into his novel, Black Swan Green. He also debunked common myths about speech defects that he spotted in television, books, and films–including the myth that a stammer can be “cured” by forcing someone to speak publicly.

Here’s an excerpt: “[In] Shakespeare in Love, where a hitherto tongue-tied stammerer is forced onto the stage of the Globe, and lo and behold, his verbal shackles fall away. If only. I remember pleading with an otherwise astute deputy headmistress to waive my prefect’s school assembly reading, something I’d been dreading for many years. She agreed, but not without implying that by submitting to my cowardice I was avoiding the chance to cure myself.”

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 Longlist Announced

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This morning Booker Prize judges announced the 13-author “Man Booker Dozen” longlist for the 2009 edition of the £50,000 literary prize.

The judges sorted through 138 books to pick the prestigious longlist. The final list includes: Peter Carey for Parrot and Oliver in America and David Mitchell for The Thousand Autumns of Zacob de Zoet.

On Twitter, critics are already weighing in. Edward Champion wrote: “Notable Booker snubs: Martin Amis and Scarlett Thomas.” Novelist Ian Rankin wrote: “Keeping up a red-hot streak of form, yet again I have not read a single book on this year’s Booker long-list.”

The complete list follows after the jump.

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David Mitchell Speculates on Speculative Fiction Trilogy

zoet.jpgAt a reading last week, novelist David Mitchell hinted that his critically-acclaimed new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, is part of a speculative fiction trilogy.

Capital New York has the scoop: “During the question-and-answer period … Mitchell announced news that he claimed he hadn’t even yet shared with his publisher: that Jacob de Zoet will be followed by two more books dealing with the theme of immortality and delving further into the realm of speculative fiction.”

When the reporter tried to confirm the new series with Random House, a spokesperson said the publisher had “no official comment” on the proposed series.