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How Indie Bookstore Revolution Books Raised $32,299 This Summer

revolutionbooksRevolution Books, a community driven indie bookstore, successfully raised more than their $30,000 fundraising goal over the summer, in a fight to keep its West 26th Street location in Manhattan. Their outreach efforts helped the store raise $32,299, and they raised it just before their deadline.

To raise the money, the store did a lot of outreach and fundraising including hosting a benefit author series called, “Hidden Lives, Human Possibilities: Authors Present to Save Revolution Books.” Authors Edwidge DanticatWalter Mosley,  and Henry Wiencek participated. The events brought in $1,800-$2,500 each. A book sale raised $1200.

Here is more from the store’s email newsletter:

But even with all that, by mid-September, the tally was still at $12,000 — with two weeks left till the deadline to raise $30,000. Where would the rest of it come from? The staff and volunteers stepped up calling, emailing, Face-booking and tweeting potential supporters and talking to everyone who came in the store. Right about then, a $10,000 donation came in from someone who had never contributed to the bookstore before. This put the goal well within range, brought in more donations, small and large, including one for almost $4000, which took the total to $32,299 by midnight on September 30.

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Revolution Books Raising $30,000 To Keep Manhattan Location

Revolution Books, a community driven indie bookstore, hopes to raise $30,000 by September 30th in a fight to keep its West 26th Street location in Manhattan.

The store will host an an author series this summer called, “Hidden Lives, Human Possibilities: Authors Present to Save Revolution Books.” It will feature evening events with Edwidge Danticat, Walter Mosley,  and Henry Wiencek.

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Claire Vaye Watkins Wins $20,000 Story Prize

Debut author Claire Vaye Watkins won the $20,000 Story Prize for Battleborn, a short story collection that spanned from the California gold rush to contemporary times.

The other finalists for the prize were Dan Chaon (for Stay Awake) and Junot Diaz (for This Is How You Lose Her).  They each received $5,000. Here’s more from the release:

Ms. Watkins is the ninth-ever winner of The Story Prize and the first woman to win the prestigious book award since Mary Gordon took the top prize for The Stories of Mary Gordon in 2007. The first woman to take the top prize was Edwidge Danticat for The Dew Breaker in 2005.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Wins Best of Brooklyn, Inc. Award

Despite the cold snap yesterday, readers from all over New York City attended the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Reportedly, it is the largest book festival in the Northeast. In the video embedded above, you can meet some of the participating authors.

Pulitzer prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri won this year’s Best of Brooklyn, Inc. award (BoBi). Lahiri was born in London, but now calls Brooklyn home. Each year, the festival recognizes a literary figure whose work embraces and speaks to the Brooklyn spirit. Previous recipients of the BoBi award include John Ashbery (2010), Edwidge Danticat (2009), Walter Mosley (2008) and Paul Auster (2007).

Festival founder and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz commented: “It’s all about the written word and how important reading is for all of us. Whether we’re kids who use reading to make ourselves into what we’re going to be in our life or whether you’re an elder person, like myself. Knowledge doesn’t stop at a certain age; it continues for life.”

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Granta Deconstructs Vogue Cover

The cover of the upcoming issue of Granta deconstructs women’s magazines like Vogue with with pink fonts, splashy headlines, and a connect-the-dots cover model.

Granta 115: The F Word will “explore the ways in which feminism continues to inform, address and complicate” the power balance between men and women. Publication is set for May 19th.

It will include writings by Eudora Welty, Tea ObrehtLouise Erdrich, Jeanette Winterson, and Edwidge Danticat.

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Algonquin Books Launches Book Club

Algonquin Books has launched the Algonquin Books Club. The publisher has chosen twenty-five paperback titles from its list, building a readers guide for each book.

Here’s more from the site: “We’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections a year for dynamic literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable writer.”

The first event (March 21st) will be held in Miami at Books & Books. Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, will interview Julia Alvarez on her masterpiece, In the Time of the Butterflies. Below we’ve listed the rest of Algonquin Book Club’s 2011 event offerings.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Best American Series’ Guest Editors

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the seven guest editors for its Best American series. Shelf-Life offered the complete list:

The Best American Short Stories: Geraldine Brooks
The Best American Essays: Edwidge Danticat
The Best American Comics: Alison Bechdel
The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (with an introduction by Guillermo del Toro)
The Best American Travel Writing: Sloane Crosley
The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Mary Roach
The Best American Sports Writing: Jane Leavy

The Sun Herald has more details about the guest editors’ backgrounds. In years past, the series has also published in the categories of mystery stories, recipes, and spiritual writing.

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Open for Submissions

peaceprize.jpgSubmissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The award carries a $10,000 honorarium and has an illustrious group of winners, including Richard Bausch, Edwidge Danticat, and Junot Diaz.

The finalists will be revealed in September, and the award will be delivered at a gala ceremony in Dayton on November 7th, 2010. Publishers interested in submitting should check the award guidelines–the submission deadline is March 31st, 2010.

Here’s more from the release: “Publishers may submit English-language books first published in 2009 for consideration for the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Submissions may address the theme of peace on a variety of levels, such as between individuals, among families and communities, or among nations, religions, or ethnic groups.”

Edwidge Danticat on the Earthquake in Haiti

DANTICAT-PROFILE.JPGIn a NPR interview, author Edwidge Danticat worried about her family in Haiti following a massive earthquake yesterday, stressing the need for international aid to her home country.

“We fearfully are waiting for the sun to rise to see what emerges, and I’m terrified that it promised to be very grim indeed…It’s the apocalypse for this small and often tried country,” Danticat told an NPR reporter in a phone call from her home in Miami. If you would like to help, CNN has a list of organizations accepting donations and sending aid to Haiti.

Last year Danticat earned one of the MacArthur Foundation’s famous “genius grants.” Here’s more from the NPR story: “Novelist Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti. She lived there until she was 12 and still has family in the country…Danticat tells Deborah Amos she’s worried about her family back home in Haiti considering the magnitude of Tuesday’s quake. (Via A. N. Devers)

Soho Press Co-Founder Laura Hruska Has Died

sohop23.jpgSoho Press co-founder and EIC Laura Hruska passed away this weekend at 74-years-old.

Hruska helped found the press in 1986, and it has now grown into a publisher that releases between 60 and 80 titles every year. During her long career, she supported Edwidge Danticat, Susan Richards, Garth Stein, and Jacqueline Winspear.

Hruska also wrote three novels during her life: “A Change of Heart,” “Legal Relations,” and “Multiple Choice.” Publishers Weekly has more information about the editor’s memorial service. In December Soho Press named her daughter, Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press.

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