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Stephen King Reads from Sequel to The Shining

While accepting the Mason Prize at George Mason University this weekend, novelist Stephen King gave fans a peek at a sequel to his classic novel, The Shining.

Above, we’ve embedded a short video clip from the event. Follow this link to read more about all the topics King discussed while receiving the award–past recipients included Chinua Achebe, Dave Eggers and Greg Mortenson.

Here’s more about the reading: “Doctor Sleep, his upcoming novel about a grown-up Danny Torrance from The Shining. In the book, Danny is a hospice worker who uses his powers to help ill patients to pass away without pain. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of a gang of wandering psychic vampires who feed on people’s energy.” (Via Matt Staggs)

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Kevin Smokler Named VP of Marketing at Byliner

BookTour.com co-founder Kevin Smokler has been named vice president of marketing at Byliner.

Smokler will be responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, social media projects, and community management at the new nonfiction site. Smokler previously served as CEO of BookTour.com. That site offers tools and services for authors to promote their books and for readers to have access to the authors.

Smokler had this statement in the press release: “Four of my great loves–reading, journalism, publishing and technology–all showed up in one job. How often does that happen?”

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Should You Keep an Error Log?

Do you keep track of errors in your manuscript? In light of recent allegations that Greg Mortenson fabricated parts of his memoir, it might be helpful to keep track of your own mistakes.

Author Roger C. Parker (pictured, via) encourages writers to use of error logs during the writing and editing process.

Here’s more from the blog post: “A well-designed error log contains space to enter: The page the error appears on. The type of error, spelling, factual, grammatical, etc. Discovery date, i.e. the date you learned about the error. Resolution date, i.e., the date you corrected the error. Your error log should be immediately updated when you discover an error or when you verify an error pointed out by someone else.”

50,000+ Downloads of Jon Krakauer Essay

The new long form nonfiction site Byliner has counted more than 50,000 free downloads of Jon Krakauer‘s scathing expose about the work of Greg Mortenson.

Following a 60 Minutes report questioning the veracity of Mortenson’s memoirs, Viking will review his work. Upcoming issues of Byliner will feature work by William Vollmann and Anthony Swofford.

Here’s more about the Byliner essay: “Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.”

Greg Mortenson Responds To Jon Krakauer & 60 Minutes

Both journalist Jon Krakauer and a 60 Minutes report questioned the authenticity of memoirs written by Greg Mortenson. As his publisher reviews his work, the author (pictured, via) defended himself in a long Outside magazine interview and a written response to 60 Minutes.

Here’s more from the Outside interview: “[Kevin Fedarko] wrote a Parade magazine article about me in 2003, and the Siachen story and Parade put us on the map. Then Lee Kravitz, who was the editor of Parade, called me and said, I’ve got a book writer for you. This was David Oliver Relin, who co-authored Three Cups of Tea with me and has joint copyright. That’s where some of the issues are. It’s really complicated, but I’m not a journalist. I don’t take a lot of notes. David and I collaborated. He did nearly all the writing, and along with hundreds of interviews of those involved in the story, I helped him piece together the whole timeline, and from that we started creating the narrative arc and everything.”

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Jon Krakauer Publishes Greg Mortenson Expose

Journalist Jon Krakauer has published an expose of author Greg Mortenson with a new long form journalism site, Byliner. Follow this link before April 20th to download a free PDF copy; a Kindle Single edition will be published on Wednesday.

Following a 60 Minutes report questioning the veracity of Mortenson’s memoirs, Viking will review his work. Upcoming issues of Byliner will feature work by William Vollmann and Anthony Swofford.

Here’s more about the Byliner essay: “Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.”  (Via Paul Bogaards) Read more

Greg Mortenson Accused of Fabricating Parts of His Memoir

A 60 Minutes report last night accused author Greg Mortenson (pictured, via) of fabricating parts of his bestselling memoirs and misusing funds from his charity, the Central Asia Institute (CAI).

The report examined three particular issues: (1) Did Mortenson first visit the village of Korphe after a mountain climbing trip as he wrote in his memoir, Three Cups of Tea? (2) Was Mortenson captured by the Taliban as he alleged in his follow-up Stones into Schools? (3) Is the CAI carrying out its charitable mission with the money it collects from philanthropists and donors? According to several sources who were interviewed, the answer is “no” to all three questions.

Former CAI donor Jon Krakauer called Mortenson’s first meeting with Korphe villages “a beautiful story” and “a lie.” Mansur Khan Mahsud denied that the Taliban kidnapped the author.  Mahsud appears in a photograph from the alleged kidnapping, but works as the research director of a respected Islamabad think tank.

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Project Runway Judge Nina Garcia and the Books in Her Life

garcia23.jpgAs part of a pop culture junkie edition of mediabistro.com’s “Profit from Your Passion” series, Project Runway judge Nina Garcia chatted about the literary side of her life.

In addition to judging Project Runway, Nina Garcia is the author of “The Little Black Book of Style” and “The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Should Own.” During the interview, the fashion editor revealed that the last book she read was “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson–a memoir about a mountain-climbers work building schools around the globe. When asked about a new book, she answered coyly: “Perhaps.”

Here’s an excerpt: “This industry will probably evolve even more. I also think that people [who] are looking to get into the business are more equipped than we were back then. They have more skill sets — they use Twitter, they blog, they have all these other skills. If that is your dream, then follow your dream and do not give up. You have to be very consistent and tenacious. Publishing is a wonderful, wonderful industry. I think there will always be room for talented people, incredible images and incredible writing.”

Murakami Shares Kiriyama Prize

The 11th annual Kiriyama Prize was split among three authors: Haruki Murakami, for BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN, winning for fiction; and Greg Mortenson‘s and David Oliver Relin‘s THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S PROMOTION TO PROMOTE PEACE…ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME, the non-fiction winner. The $30,000 award, to be divided between the three winners, was announced Tuesday by Pacific Rim Voices, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to celebrating literature that contributes to greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia.