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Writers Star in ‘The Magician’s Land’ Book Trailer

Writer Lev Grossman turned to crowdsourcing to create the book trailer for the third and final installment of the Magicians trilogy.

The video embedded above features American Gods writer Neil Gaiman, Wicked author Gregory MaguireFangirl novelist Rainbow Rowell, and many others reading the first chapter of the The Magician’s Land.

Which one of these authors would you choose as the narrator for the audiobook? (via BuzzFeed)

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Gary Shteyngart & Laurie Halse Anderson Get Booked

littleHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Author Gary Shteyngart will headline a conversation event with actor Oliver Platt to discuss his new memoir Little Failure. Hear them on Monday, January 20th at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Gary Shteyngart & James Franco Play a Married Couple in the ‘Little Failure’ Book Trailer

littleHave you ever imagined bestselling author Gary Shteyngart and Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco as a married couple?

In a book trailer promoting Shteyngart’s forthcoming memoir, Little Failure, viewers will see the two men in matching pink bathrobes discussing the title of Shteyngart’s new book and Franco’s “erotic journey” project. What do you think?

Head over to BuzzFeed to watch the full trailer. It also features appearances from actress Rashida Jones, Freedom author Jonathan Franzen, writer David Ebershoff, filmmaker Alex Karpovsky, and essayist Sloane Crosley. Random House will release the book on January 7, 2014.

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You Can Read The New York Times on Google Glass

Would you read the news every morning on a pair of Google glasses? The New York Times has released a Google Glass app, bringing news reading to the eyewear-based computer.

It’s hard to imagine reading in this radically different format, but it could be the future. AppNewser has more about the app:

The app lets users read the news on their glasses while walking around town, scrolling through stories by tilting their head up and down. And users can, “tap to have article summaries read aloud,” boasts the app’s description. The media giant first demoed the app back in March at SXSW. To get access to the app, you have to allow The Times access to your name, photo, gender, birthdate, country, language, timezone, your Google Glass timeline, the ability to view your location and receive notifications when your location changes. And they request permission to do all of this when you are not using the app.

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Gary Shteyngart To Get Google Glass

 

Novelist Gary Shteyngart was one of the people tapped for a trial of Google Glass, giving the satirist a chance to explore a technology straight out of one of his novels. He told BuzzFeed this was not a joke: “we’re working on trying to adapt [Super Sad True Love Story] as a television series, so it would be helpful for me to see just how close this thing is.” 

Shteyngart also appeared on KCRW’s To the Point show this week, talking about his new pair of fancy glasses. Despite his new technological push, he reassured readers that this wasn’t the end of his writing career:

I gave up on writing novels with all this technology. So now I finished a memoir. Even as I’m looking into the future with Google Glass, I’m trying to look into the past with the rest of me.

Gary Shteyngart Gets Book Blurb Documentary

Journalist Edward Champion has released “Shteyngart Blurbs,” a short documentary looking at the life and book blurbs of Gary Shteyngart (along with the history of blurbs).

We’ve embedded the complete film above, including cameos from some great writers, Jacob Silverman‘s cat and the Totally Hip Book reviewer. Check out The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart Tumblr to read some of his work.

Here’s more about the film: “Narrated by Jonathan Ames, this fifteen minute documentary investigates Gary Shteyngart’s prolific book blurbing, talking with the the many authors who have been blurbed by Gary, book critics, journalists, editors, book jacket designers, and even the man who created a Tumblr devoted to Shteyngart’s blurbs. Features Ron Charles, A.J. Jacobs, A.M. Homes, Molly Ringwald, Karen Russell, Dinaw Mengestu, and many more! (Music licensed through Friendly Music.)”

Gary Shteyngart Blurbs To Be Celebrated

On November 7, a special reading at WORD in Brooklyn will celebrate the blurbs that novelist Gary Shteyngart has bestowed upon other books.

Jacob Silverman created a Tumblr site dedicated to archiving The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, collecting the author’s praise for books by authors ranging from Molly Ringwald to Adam Wilson to Lev Grossman. You can also follow Shteyngart on Twitter.

Check it out:  ”The Shteyngart blurb has become almost a seal of approval that, while comical in the sheer amount of books he’s actually blurbed, are actually really good ways to tell if you’re going to like a book or not … The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, Live brings together John Wray, Rachel Shukert, Adam Wilson, Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Karolina Waclawiak (as well as a few words from Silverman), all authors blurbed by Mr. Shteyngart, for a night of readings and tribute to the Russian-born oligarch of back cover quotes..” (Photo via Mark Coggins; link via Sarah Weinman)

Gary Shteyngart Joins Giller Prize Jury

Today the organizers of the Scotiabank Giller Prize revealed that Gary Shteyngart had joined the three-person jury for the 2012 prize. The satirist posted on Twitter: “CanLit authors, please suck up to me!”

Shteyngart will work with novelist Roddy Doyle and Canadian publisher Anna Porter. The longlist for the $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency) will be unveiled on September 4th and the shortlist will be announced on October 1st. The winner will be revealed at a gala ceremony at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton.

Here’s more from the release: “For the second year in a row, Kobo has generously donated its Kobo Touch e-reader to members of the 2012 jury panel.  The Scotiabank Giller Prize encourages publishers to provide digital copies of its submitted titles in addition to material-bound copies.” (Via National Post)

Five Sale Books For Your Holiday Reading

Are you getting ready for a big July 4th trip and need something to read on the cheap? We’ve put together a list of books that are on sale this week for your holiday reading enjoyment.

The list includes titles for grownups and kids. If you are looking for book apps, over at eBookNewser, we made a list of book apps on sale this week.

Five Books On Sale For Your Holiday Reading:

1. Claire DeWitt and The City Of The Dead: Powell’s Books has this new thriller from Sara Gran on sale for $16.80. The first in a series, the book chronicles the adventures of a pot-smoking, psychic detective in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Jeff Howe Relaunches One Book, One Twitter as 1book140

Jeff Howe has partnered with The Atlantic to relaunch the online book club, One Book, One Twitter

Howe explained in the announcement: “I’d always intended to relaunch One Book, One Twitter … It has a new name—1book140—but what hasn’t changed is the global, participatory nature of the affair: The crowd is still in charge.”

Twitter readers will choose the book to read in the online book club.  You can still vote on the following titles: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead. Reading will commence on June 1st.

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