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Plympton Pitches Serialized Fiction on Kickstarter

Could serial fiction flourish in the 21st Century? The new literary studio Plympton hopes cultivate a place for fiction writers to create serial stories similar to HBO and AMC TV shows. Above, you can watch their Kickstarter video.

The company, which was founded by authors  Jennifer 8. LeeYael Goldstein Love, and former Harvard Book Review managing editor Justin Keenan, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. The first company’s first serialized works are already available at Amazon for $1.99: Hacker Mom by Austen Rachlis, The Many Lives of Lilith Lane by E.V. Anderson and Love is Strong as Death by Carolyn Nash–part of the new Amazon Serials project that was announced yesterday.

Here’s more about the project: “Plympton serials are long works of fiction made up of shorter works—we call them ‘installments’—that arrive as updates on your digital reading device. Each installment reveals a little more about the characters you’ve come to know, deepening your relationship with them and advancing the story in a way that leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. Installments range between 7,000 and 25,000 words and are released biweekly or monthly. Each of our current volumes is made up of between four and six installments.”

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Asian American Writers Workshop Launches Page Turner Literary Festival

The Asian American Writers Workshop is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting the third annual Page Turner literary festival. The all-day event will take place on Saturday, October 29th at Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena. Follow this link to view the full schedule.

Here’s more from the release: “Multi-dimensional program includes: a staged reading directed by Ralph Peña; artist Wangechi Mutu (MOMA, Guggenheim) talking about immigration; an open mic featuring Jen Kwok (Date an Asian), Negin Farsad (Nerdcore Rising) and others; stories from twenty years of the Workshop; and hard-hitting conversations about Occupy Wall Street, Islam and the West, the rise of China and India, and the national crackdown on immigration.”

The festival will feature appearances by Junot Díaz, Amitav Ghosh, Jessica Hagedorn, Kimiko Hahn, Hari Kunzru, Jayne Anne Phillips, Suketu Mehta, Min Jin Lee, Mark Nowak, Amitava Kumar, Granta editor John Freeman, and Guernica editor Joel Whitney. Attendees will also get a chance to hear from two stand-up comedians, five National Book Award finalists and seven Guggenheim Fellows.

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More NY Times Authors Reportedly Accepted Buyouts

jennyninaportrait.jpgEarlier this week, the deadline for voluntary buyouts at the NY Times passed, and reportedly four published authors will accept the buyout. The two most recent authors to surface in stories were: Jennifer 8. Lee, the author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” (pictured, via) and David Stout, author of “The Boy in the Box.”

As we reported this week, two other authors-reporters have also accepted the newspaper’s buyout. The first was Alex Berenson, the author of three spy novels. The second journalist and author to accept a buyout is Louis Uchitelle, author of “The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences.”

Here’s more from Business Insider: “With just a handful of employees taking the buyout, it appears that the Times will fall far short of its goal of buying out 100 employees. As Bill Keller noted, the Times will then be forced to begin layoffs. In a memo to employees, Keller said that layoffs could begin as early as next week.”

The Year of Women Eating Chinese Food

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First, way back in March, there was NY Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee and The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, a highly publicized early acquisition for Jon Karp‘s Twelve imprint, which tells the story of Lee’s globetrotting quest for the world’s best Chinese restaurant. Then, just a month later, W.W. Norton published Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, a memoir from London-based food writer Fuschia Dunlop about her culinary adventures in China. And now Harcourt is publishing Jen Lin-Liu‘s Serve the People, which in some ways has the best street cred of the lot: Though born and raised in Southern California, Lin-Liu now runs a cooking school in Beijing.