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Knopf & Doubleday Join Spotify

Both Knopf and Doubleday and have joined Spotify, building hand-picked music lists for their authors. The site includes a number of playlists, including mixes from Colson Whitehead, Erin Morgenstern, and Jennifer Egan.

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s more about Whitehead’s playlist for Zone One: “The undead take Manhattan in this literary and literal feast from award-winning author Colson Whitehead. The author selected these 10 songs to set the scene for his postmodern meditation on exterminating zombies in Manhattan.” (Via K.B. Abele)

Jennifer Egan Publishes New Short Story Disguised as List

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan has published a new 300-word short stort story at the Guardian–a dark and suspenseful tale told entirely through a “To Do” list.

Egan has experimented with writing modes for years. Her critically acclaimed novel A Visit from the Goon Squad included a section written as a PowerPoint presentation. You can see the slideshow here.

Above, we’ve embedded a video shot during Egan’s presentation at BEA 2010 about PowerPoint fiction. Egan spoke at the 7x20x21 event that year, a discussion curated by Ryan Chapman and Ami Greko.

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Goodreads Partners with First Book to Fight Illiteracy

Goodreads has partnered with First Book, a charity group whose mission is to make sure children who reside in low-income communities are able to have access to books. Together, these two organizations will be fighting illiteracy using the Goodreads Book Club.

Every time 10,000 Goodreads members add A Visit From the Goon Squad to their shelves, the organization promises to donate 1,000 books. So far, 25,000 members have added the book. If another 5,000 members follow, then Goodreads will provide 3,000 books.

Here’s more from the site’s blog post: “Our initial goal is to donate 5,000 books—which means we need 50,000 people to add A Visit From The Goon Squad by August 2, when the Book Club concludes with a live video chat with author Jennifer Egan. If more than 50,000 people add the book before the end date, we will honor our pledge and donate up to 10,000 books!”

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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Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn Joins The Paris Review

Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn will join The Paris Review as senior editor.

According to a post at The Paris Review, current web editor Thessaly La Force is leaving for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Currently, Foley-Mendelssohn serves as an assistant editor at The New Yorker. She has worked with several celebrated authors including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan, National Book Award-winner Jonathan Franzen, and novelist Zadie Smith. (Photo Credit: Maria Lokke)

HBO To Adapt Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad will be adapted into a TV series by HBO.

International Creative Management negotiated the deal. Michael London and Jocelyn Hays Simpson will act as co-executive producers.

Fans of A Visit from the Goon Squad can look forward to this adaptation and Egan’s current project. In a Bookmunch interview, Egan revealed: “I’m actually working on a new piece now that involves a character from Goon Squad.”

Jennifer Egan Wins 2011 Tournament of Books

Today A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan has won the 2011 Tournament of Books at The Morning News–a round robin competition that pits books against books every March.

A team of literary judges decided each round of the competition, and all the judges voted on the final two books: Jonathan Franzen‘s Freedom and Egan’s novel. Egan earned nine votes; Franzen earned eight.

Andrew Womack concluded the contest with this vote: “How fortunate to find two books in the championship so comparable—both spanning decades (or beyond) and heavily centered on music. For me, this decision comes down to pacing, and Franzen is the Pink Floyd to Egan’s Sex Pistols; by the end of Freedom I couldn’t take another meandering guitar solo, while I was dazzled by how much Goon Squad packed into such a compact space.”

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Deborah Eisenberg Wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Deborah Eisenberg has won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Below, we’ve created a literary mixtape linking to free samples of all five novels nominated for the prize.

The release has more information about the award: “The winner, who will receive $15,000, will be announced on March 15; the four finalists will receive $5,000 each.”

If you want more books, we made similar mixtapes linking to free samples of 2011 Edgar Awards finalists, the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards winners, the 2011 Book Critics Circle Awards finalists, the Best Translated Books Longlist, the Believer Book Awards shortlist, and the Best Books of 2010.

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Revealed

Tonight the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) unveiled the winners of their annual awards at a New York City ceremony. The complete list of winners follows below.

Half a Life by Darin Strauss (author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy) won the autobiography award. We interviewed Strauss about his work on Monday. Follow this link to listen.

Biography: How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
Poetry: One with Others: [a little book of her days] by C.D. Wright
Criticism: Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare Cavanagh
Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Ron Charles Reviews 5 Fiction Books in 5 Minutes

In his video series, “Totally Hip Book Review,” Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles reviewed the five fiction finalists in the National Book Awards’ fiction category in less than five minutes. Warning: spoilers follow!

Charles devoted 44 seconds to Jaimy Gordon‘s Lord of Misrule,  a book set for November 15th release. He exclaimed: “Secret unpublished books? Those bookworm conspiracy theorists will be spinning in their cocoons!” Charles featured books with the same title, like  Rachel Caine‘s fifth Morganville Vampire novel, Kannan Feng‘s fantasy novel, and actor Christopher Lee‘s biography.

The other finalists received about 30 seconds apiece. Charles picked Lionel Shriver‘s So Much for That as the winner. Charles also noted that popular titles such as Gary Shteyngart‘s Super Sad Love Story and Jennifer Egan‘s A Visit from the Goon Squad were snubbed.

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