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Stephen Colbert Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

america againComedian Stephen Colbert won this year’s Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for the America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t audiobook.

Hachette Audio released it on October 02, 2012. The four other nominees were Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls author David Sedaris, The Storm King author Pete Seeger, Carol and Me author Carol Burnett, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em author Billy Crystal.

Past winners in this category include Society’s Child author Janis Ian, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) author Betty White, and Earth (The Book) author Jon Stewart & The Daily Show writers. This marks the second time Colbert won a Grammy Award; he snatched up a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album.

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Hachette Audio Books Nominated For GRAMMY Awards

grammyThree books from Hachette Audio have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. This includes: America Again by Stephen Colbert, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris  and The Storm King by Pete Seeger.

Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards. His audio books Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames were previously nominated for Best Spoken Word album and Live at Carnegie Hall was nominated for Best Comedy Album. The nomination is the first for the other two authors.

Since 1994, Hachette Audio has produced seven GRAMMY award-winning audiobooks. ”Receiving a GRAMMY nomination is a thrill,” stated Michael Pietsch, CEO the Hachette Book Group, so grabbing three nominations in the Spoken Word category is just extraordinary.  It’s wonderful evidence of the superb work being done by Hachette Audio.”

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held January 26th in Los Angeles. 

2013 Thurber Prize Finalists Announced

Three finalists have been picked for 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. The $5,000 prize, named after author James Thurber, honors an “outstanding book of humor writing” for the year.

The finalists include Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (Lunatics), Dan Zevin (Dan Gets a Mini-Van), and Shalom Auslander (Hope, A Tragedy). Past winners of this award include David SedarisSteve Hely, and Calvin Trillin. Here’s more from the release:

Now celebrating its 29th year, Thurber House is based in the boyhood home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, in Columbus, Ohio. The award is an annual prize and will be presented with the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council at a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City on September 30.

Trailer Release for ‘C.O.G.’ by David Sedaris

An official trailer has been released for a film adaptation of David Sedaris’ short story, “C.O.G.” We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez adapted the story into a screenplay and served as the director. This movie will hit theaters on September 20, 2013.

The original piece, which shares the same title as the movie, was published in Sedaris’ 1997 autobiographical essay collection, Naked. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this project is “the first film based on the works of David Sedaris.”

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‘Selected Shorts’ Radio Show to Feature Special Guest Host David Sedaris

Essayist David Sedaris will serve as a special guest host on the Selected Shorts radio show from April 28th to May 26th.

The organizers behind Sedaris’ segments plan to broadcast a tribute to David Rakoff, a celebration of Dorothy Parker, and one show focusing on the theme of “Family Values.” For New York listeners, the show airs on WNYC every Sunday on AM 820 at 1pm and on FM 93.9 at 10pm.

Here’s more about the radio show: “There is a theme to each Selected Shorts episode and performance. Several stories are presented around each theme. The stories are always fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, always performed by great actors from stage, screen and television who bring these short stories to life.”

George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

David Sedaris and His Book Tour Tip Jar

Would you tip your favorite writer? According to a National Post interview, author David Sedaris (pictured, via) installed a tip jar during his book tour and raked in $4,000.

He explained why he stopped the practice in the article: “The problem was then I started hating people who didn’t tip me. I didn’t say anything to them, but I would just sit there thinking, ‘You cheap son of a bitch. I just signed four books and you can’t even give me a dollar?’ And why should they? But I just got so involved in it. I had to stop doing it. I told people it was all for me to spend on candy.”

Sedaris’ latest release, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, has spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also wrote Barrel Fever (1994), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008). (Via Shelf Life)

Dancing with the Stars Author Voting Concludes Tonight

At midnight (PDT) tonight, voting concludes in our Dancing with the Stars Facebook contest. Follow this link to vote for your favorite writer to appear on the popular show. Next week, we’ll build a Facebook petition for the winning author.

The New York Post wrote about our contest yesterday, mentioning top three contenders: Claire Cook, Kathy L. Patrick, and David Sedaris. It’s not too late, so please hit up the votes to support the author of your choice.

Patrick  posted the photo embedded above (click to enlarge) and wrote a blog post: “I am beside myself with JOY! To be nominated to be on one of my favorite shows by somebody who loves to dance, after all, I don’t have a ‘GREAT BIG BALL OF HAIR’ BALL at my annual Girlfriend Weekend for nothing! I am running SECOND in votes so now I am asking for you to VOTE BIG TIME!”

Please submit your votes in either the comments section or on our Facebook wall. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and verifiable-friendly strangers to participate–we’ll need everybody’s support to get our author on the show.

Dancing with the Stars Author Vote Update

dwtsnoauthors.JPGOur Should Authors Dance? feature attracted a ton of  enthusiasm. Next week, we will launch a Facebook campaign to get one literary luminary to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

Our readers suggested 10 different authors last week, and the votes have poured in on Facebook. Here are the vote counts for the lead contenders:

Claire Cook = 47
Kathy L. Patrick = 17
David Sedaris = 2

Claire Cook has already posted about the contest on her blog. She wrote: “Would I do it? Absolutely! Not just for me, but for all the other non-celebrity midlife women out there – because we’ve got a lot of living left to do!”

Voting closes on Friday, and we will publish the winning author’s Facebook petition next week. Please submit your votes in either the comments section or on our Facebook wall. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and verifiable-friendly strangers to participate–we’ll need all your enthusiasm to land a spot on the show.

Vote For Your Favorite Author to Appear on Dancing with the Stars

dwtsnoauthors.JPGLooking at the comments section for our Should Authors Dance? post, it seemed like plenty of GalleyCat readers want to see their favorite writer appear on Dancing with the Stars. Now it’s time to do something about it.

Reader Michelle Gilstrap suggested Lotus Eaters author Tatjana Soli and proposed: “[Soli] is coming to Los Angeles for a special event on October 16th, I will ask her if she would like to do it. We should start a Facebook page for her, if she says yes. This is how they got Betty White on [Saturday Night Live].”

It’s a great idea. We’ll start by letting our readers pick the best writer to appear on Dancing with the Stars–we’ve collected ten suggestions from GalleyCat readers below.  Go to this Facebook link to vote for your favorite author. We’ll count the votes and build a special Facebook page to advocate for the winning author. The ten suggestions follow below…

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