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Sherman Alexie & Jess Walter Hosts a Literary Podcast

Walter & AlexieTwo writers, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, plan to launch a podcast called “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment.”

The premiere podcast was unleashed on August 25th and it contains two episodes. Followers can expect a new one to be released every other Wednesday. Every now and then, the writers will share readings from their work-in-progress manuscripts.

Here’s more from The L.A. Times: “The show comes from Infinite Guest, a new podcast network from American Public Media…Basketball and other sports will be discussed on the show — slightly unusual for a literary podcast. They’ll be interviewing literary figures and also people with lives that aren’t connected to books.”

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‘Little Children’ Director to Adapt Jess Walter’s ‘Beautiful Ruins’

Little Children and In the Bedroom director Todd Field will direct an adaptation of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins.

Field and Walter will work together on the screenplay. Cross Creek Pictures and Smuggler Films will produce the adaptation. You can read a free sample of Beautiful Ruins here. Here’s more from Deadline Hollywood:

The epic story begins in the spring of 1962 off the Ligurian Sea and centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident involving the international jet-set center, Rome, in the throws of “La Dolce Vita” madness during the shooting of Cleopatra, and continues for decades.

9th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books Announced

The ninth annual Morning News Tournament of Books (ToB) will commence in March 2013.

So far, 15 finalists have been revealed. Three titles from the “pre-tournament playoff round” are currently in the running for the sixteenth and final slot. We’ve included the two lists below.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The ToB is an annual springtime event here at the Morning News, where 16 of the year’s best works of fiction enter a March Madness-style battle royale. Today we’re announcing the judges and final books for the 2013 competition as well as the long list of books from which the contenders were selected.”
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The Financial Lives of GalleyCat Readers

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What’s the worst day-job you ever had? Every aspiring writer has a terrible story about what they did to pay the bills. Share your story on our Facebook page and you could win a copy of The Financial Lives of the Poets.

Harper Perennial will give two lucky GalleyCat readers a copy of Jess Walter‘s new novel, a book about an poet with terrible business sense. Simply post about the worst day-job you ever had at this Facebook link. We will randomly select the winners from among the Facebook submissions. The complete guidelines are listed below.

Follow this link to post your day-job story, you have until Wednesday, September 22nd to submit. Here’s more about the novel: “A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea–and his wife’s eBay resale business–ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.”

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