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Posts Tagged ‘Isabel Allende’

Why Do You Write?

Why do you write? Author Meredith Maran asked 20 great writers that question, collecting their replies in her new collection, Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do

On the Morning Media Menu today, Maran shared writing advice she learned while getting responses from Isabel Allende, David Baldacci, Jennifer Egan, Sebastian Junger and Ann Patchett.

Press play below to listen to the whole interview on SoundCloud. We’ve collected a few quotes from the interview as well…

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Serpent’s Tail to Publish Hugo Chavez-Approved Bestseller

51WVPTQ6JFL._SL500_AA240_.jpgInspired by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez‘s sharing of “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” with President Barack Obama, a UK publisher will rush out a new edition of Eduardo Galeano‘s study of colonization and American influence in Latin America.

Serpent’s Tail will publish the book as as £10.99 paperback on May 21st with an introductory essay by novelist Isabel Allende. The book rocketed from #54,000 to #2 on Amazon’s bestseller list in a single weekend, exceeding the publisher’s wildest dreams.

Here’s more from Bookseller: “[The book] was bought by Pete Ayrton, publisher, in a pre-emptive deal for “high four figures” during the London Book Fair … The deal was struck via Mary Clemmey, who acted on behalf of the Monthly Review Press.”