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Elizabeth Gilbert Offers Odd Advice on Passion

Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the Atlanta stop for Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend. Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she gave a presentation urging attendees to be “the hero of your own life’s story.”

During a Q&A with Winfrey and other guest speakers, Gilbert offered some “really weird” advice on passion. For those who do not have a defined passion, Gilbert thinks it would be best to “follow your curiosity” because “it might lead you to your passion or it might not.”

Follow this link to check out an album of pictures on Facebook. The Huffington Post has uploaded a video clip that features Gilbert doling out this advice. Do you agree with Gilbert’s recommendation?

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Elizabeth Gilbert & Barbara Shoup Get Booked

Elizabeth GilbertHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this 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 Sexy Librarian will headline a reading event for the Big Book of Erotica story collection. Hear her on Thursday, September 4th at the Good Vibrations Store (Polk Street branch) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (San Francisco, CA)

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Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Ask yourself if this sentence, paragraph, or chapter truly furthers the narrative. If not, chuck it.’

Elizabeth GilbertAuthor Elizabeth Gilbert achieved great success with her memoir Eat Pray Love. Since the publication of that book, she has delivered two popular TED talks and written a second memoir entitled Committed and a novel called The Signature of All Things. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: I spent about six years sending my short stories out to magazines, and collecting rejections. Then one day Esquire bought one of my stories out of the slush pile and published it. It was through this publication that I found my agent (or, rather, that my agent found me). She then negotiated a book deal on my behalf.

I had a collection of short stories written and ready to go, but I had to promise the publisher that I would deliver a novel, in order to seal the deal. Having never before written a novel, this was rather frightening. But you have to deliver the goods, once you sign that contract, or else they get fussy and want their money back — which is a good motivation to get your work done…

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TED Talks Speakers Recommend Summer Reads

TEDTalksLooking for something good to read this summer?

TED Talks speakers Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Rashida Jones, Clay ShirkyUzoamaka Maduka, Amanda PalmerStanley McChrystal and Blood Orange have put together their lists of recommended reads.

Check it out: “Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.”

Andrew Solomon Wins the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize

Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon has won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize and £30,000 in prize money for his nonfiction work, Far from the Tree. The award organizers strive to honor both fiction and nonfiction books that focus on medicine and health.

Solomon worked on writing this book for ten years. In the past, he discussed his research in a popular TED talk called “Love, No Matter What.”

Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, revealed in a statement that the judges unanimously selected Solomon’s book as the winner from a pool of six titles. The five other books that made it onto the short list includes The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertWounded by Emily MayhewCreation by Adam Rutherford, Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks, and Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise. (Photo CreditAnnie Leibovitz)

How Does a Writer Move On After Great Success?

How do you follow-up great success or great failure?

For Elizabeth Gilbert, she needs to “go home” which means going back to writing. In a presentation delivered at the TED 2014 conference, Gilbert shares the thoughts and fears that came to her after experiencing phenomenal success with Eat, Pray, Love.

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. Back in 2009, Gilbert gave a TED talk called “Your Elusive Creative Genius.” It has drawn more than 8 million views. The TED team included it in a video playlist called “The Creative Spark.”

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Free Samples of the Wellcome Book Prize Nominees

welcomebookprizeWellcome Book Prize 2014 has announced the shortlist for the prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on April 29th.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon and Sarah Wise are all up for the award.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Wellcome Book Prize below for you to explore. Read more

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Launches Book Club

wolfhallThe Wall Street Journal has introduced a book club that is led by authors. Every month a guest host picks a book by another author and then acts as a guide for readers on Twitter. Book club participants can ask questions through the social network using the hashtag #WSJbookclub.

For the first month, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is the host and the book is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. In February, Gilbert will lead an online discussion about the work. “It’s one of the greatest stories in history. Henry VIII. There’s hardly a better tale of intrigue,” Gilbert told The Wall Street Journal, about her choice. “It’s sex and politics and power and madness and violence. It’s “Game of Thrones.” It’s got everything that you could possibly want.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 650 people have already signed up.  Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn will serve as author hosts in coming months. Follow this link to sign up.

 

Help Choose a Book Cover for Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Group (USA)’s Viking imprint will publish Elizabeth Gilbert‘s new novel, The Signature of All Things, on October 1st.

Before the release date hits, the book needs “a face.” To resolve this matter, Gilbert and her publisher invite the public to vote for their preferred cover design. Visit Gilbert’s Facebook page to pick one of three choices. Please note that a deadline has been set for March 24th.

Here’s more from Gilbert’s announcement: “We are turning to you for this decision because, frankly, we were unable to agree amongst ourselves. (Anyone who has ever worked in publishing knows what I’m talking about here: Disputes over book covers can get REALLY INTENSE.) I got so tired of debating over ‘what the reader wants’ that I decided instead to just try asking you guys directly.” The image embedded above features all three covers–which one would you choose?

Thomas Pynchon, Elizabeth Gilbert & Charlaine Harris to Publish Novels This Year

Today Penguin USA released its year-end report, counting a $156 million operating profit for the year.

The publisher also gave readers a peek at Thomas Pynchon‘s upcoming novel, Bleeding Edge. Publication is set for September 17th. Here’s more from Penguin Press: “it is 2001 in Silicon Alley, New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11.”

In addition, Elizabeth Gilbert will also publish a novel in October, “infusing her inimitable voice into a story of love, adventure, and discovery.” In May, Charlaine Harris will end her Sookie Stackhouse series with Dead Ever After. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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