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Simon & Schuster Joins Scribd & Oyster’s eBook Subscription Service Library

S&S 304Simon & Schuster has established a partnership with Scribd and Oyster.

Readers will now have access to the publisher’s backlist eBook titles. Some of the books now available through these two eBook subscription services include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, and How to be Compassionate by The Dalai Lama.

CEO Carolyn Reidy had this statement in the press release: “Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher. We are delighted to work with Scribd and Oyster to offer this exciting new model for readers to find and read eBooks, and to do so in a manner that respects the value of our authors’ creative endeavors and supports our mutual goals of selling the most possible copies of their books.”

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Ernest Hemingway’s Advice To a Young Writer: ‘You have to catch hell’

hemingwayIn October 1925, a young writer named Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter to a younger Canadian author named Morley Callaghan.

Callaghan was frustrated with his writing life and wrote to his friend: “Have a lot of time and could go a good deal of writing if I knew how I stood.”

Hemingway’s response is included in volume two of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, out this month. We’ve quoted his response below, great advice for writers of any age…

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Robin Desser Takes 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

Alfred A. Knopf editorial director Robin Desser has won the 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The Center for Fiction will present the award at its Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 11, 2013. Desser joined Knopf in 1988. She worked on debut novels by scores of great writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, David Guterson and Nam Le. Here’s more from the release:

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States. It honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the most important and admired editors in American literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway are three of the many writers he supported over his long career.

(Photo via Michael Lionstar)

Free Books Recommended By Ernest Hemingway Himself

In 1934, the great novelist Ernest Hemingway made a list of books that all aspiring writers should read. Below, we’ve linked to free copies of most of the books on his massive list.

Open Culture has a great article about how a young hobo and aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson ended up getting writing advice from Hemingway himself. Check it out:

Hemingway advised Samuelson to avoid contemporary writers and compete only with the dead ones whose works have stood the test of time: “When you pass them up you know you’re going good.” He asked Samuelson what writers he liked. Samuelson said he enjoyed Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. “Ever read War and Peace?” Hemingway asked. Samuelson said he had not. “That’s a damned good book. You ought to read it. We’ll go up to my workshop and I’ll make out a list you ought to read.”

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Ernest Hemingway First Edition Sells for $18,500

AbeBooks has released a list of the most expensive books it sold last month, a list that includes a $18,500 first edition of Ernest Hemingway‘s  The Old Man and the Sea–signed “with very best wishes” by the novelist himself.

The month also included a $19,314 sale of a handwritten Latin bible from the 13th century, a $9,500 sale of 1930 edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock and a $9,000 first edition of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Here’s more about the most expensive book of the month: “Mystere de la Vengeance de Notre Seigneur by Eustache Mercade – $20,000 Published in 1491 in Paris by Antoine Verard, this first edition lacks 16 leaves, but only one complete copy is known to exist, in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.  The sale also included a letter by French bibliographer Amedee Boinet, who confirms the exceptional rarity of this book.”

John Updike’s Childhood Home to Be Museum

The John Updike Society has finalized a contract to purchase John Updike‘s home for $200,000.

Located in the Pennsylvania town of Shillington, Updike lived in the home for thirteen years as a child. John Updike Society president James Plath announced that the organization plans to make the house a historic site and convert it into an operational museum.

Here’s more from Reading Eagle: “Out of respect for the residential neighborhood, Plath said, he expects the historic site to be open only by appointment and not list regular hours. Plath said he has researched the operations of similar historic sites that were once authors’ homes, including the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Ga., and the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Ala.”

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Clive Owen & Nicole Kidman Star in Hemingway & Gelhorn Trailer

HBO has released its first trailer for Hemingway & Gelhorn, a film starring Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway and Nicole Kidman as the journalist Martha Gellhorn.

The film captures the relationship between great novelist and a great war correspondent.

Here’s more from The Olive Press: “Their five-year marriage first saw them travel to Spain to record some of the most famous reports on the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Gellhorn was the only woman ever to ask Hemingway for a divorce and she inspired him to write his most famous novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

Freelance Writer Tips & Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including John Grisham‘s $6 million mistake, freelance writer tips from a New York Times magazine editor and a 50-year-old Ernest Hemingway book trailer (embedded above).

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1. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
2. Amanda Hocking: ‘A lot of authors tend to over market’
3. Controversial Vogue Essay Sparks Book Deal
4. John Grisham & His $6 Million Mistake
5. Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer
6. When Should Writers Work for Free?
7. Musicians Inspired by Harry Crews
8. NYT Magazine Editor Shares Tips for Freelance Writers
9. Rachel Maddow, Carl Hiaasen & Jacqueline Winspear Debut on the Indie Bestseller List
10. CONTEST: Write the Worst Sentence in 25 Words

Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer

Fifty years before the book trailer even existed, the great Ernest Hemingway experimented by recording a rambling and possibly intoxicated introduction to Across the River and into the Trees.

Miracle Jones posted the video at the new literary videos section at Reddit, suggesting that “all writers should do this with their books.” What do you think? Open Culture has more about the recording:

The reading is called “In Harry’s Bar in Venice,” and it was recorded with a pocket recorder sometime in the late 1950s. You can access the recording (thanks to HarperAudio) in multiple formats here: .au format, .gsm format, .ra format. Or you can buy it as part of a larger collection called Ernest Hemingway Reads Ernest Hemingway.

Iraq War Veteran Kevin Powers Inks Deal with Little, Brown and Company

Veteran soldier Kevin Powers has inked a deal with Little, Brown and Company for his Iraq war novel The Yellow Birds.

Powers, who has served in the Iraq war, is currently working towards an MFA as a Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin. Powers’ manuscript was acquired by publisher Michael Pietsch.

Pietsch had this statement in the release: “Ever since reading Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time I have been gripped by novelists’ accounts of the experience of war.  And as soon as I began reading The Yellow Birds I knew I was in the presence of a masterful rendering of the particular horrors of this particular war. From the first word of this novel to the last, Kevin Powers’s portrayal of young soldiers trying to stay alive—and of the effect of the war on their families at home—is profound, unsettling, and sadly beautiful.”

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