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Granta Celebrates Authors Vanessa Manko & Judy Chicurel

Vanessa Manko (left), Susan Minot (center), and Salman Rushdie (right)

Vanessa Manko and Judy Chicurel, two authors featured in a recent issue of Granta, have signed book deals with Penguin. To toast these two authors, the literary magazine threw a party.

The celebration took place at Granta editor John Freeman‘s Manhattan loft on Wednesday night, and brought together a community of writers and editors including: Salman RushdieSean McDonald, Alex Gilvarry, Mohsin Hamid, Nadeem Aslam, and Peter Carey, to name a few.

Manko, whose novel was excerpted in Granta 118: Exit Strategies, sold her novel The Un-American to Penguin through her agent Caroline Michel. The title is slated for publication in spring 2014. Manko, who works as Rushdie’s assistant, spent seven years working on the book. In a toast to the author, Rushdie quipped that she’s going to need to speed things up in the future. Over drinks, Manko explained that her background in dance helped inform her writing as she looked for the cadence in her language. Read more

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Granta To Close Its New York City Office

GalleyCat has learned that Granta will close its office in New York City.

We have also heard that deputy editor Ellah Allfrey and art director Michael Salu have both resigned. Associate editor Patrick Ryan will also be leaving.

We’ve reached out to the literary journal for commentary, and we will update with any response. Editor John Freeman also left the magazine last month.

John Freeman Leaving Granta

Editor John Freeman is leaving Granta after five years at the literary journal.

He served as editor for the last four years, creating ten foreign language editions of the journal around the world. The journal will launch in Turkey and China this week, with editions in Portugal and Sweden next month. Here’s more from the release:

The total global circulation of the magazine will be 100,000 when Japanese Granta begins publishing next March. Under his editorship, the magazine also conducted more then 300 events in over 25 countries, earned more than a dozen citations in the Best of American anthologies, and won D&AD awards for cover design. Freeman divided his time between New York and London and will be moving back to New York, where he will teach creative writing at Columbia University and publish his second book, “How to Read a Novelist.”

Free Samples of the Best of Young British Novelists

For the first time in ten years, Granta has revealed its list of the Best of Young British Novelists. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all 20 novelists.

The winners were chosen from among 150 novelists by a panel of judges: John Freeman, Ellah Allfrey, Romesh Gunesekera, Stuart Kelly, A.L. Kennedy, Sigrid Rausing and Gaby Wood. Here’s more from the release:

At a celebration to be held at the British Council, on the evening of 15 April 2013, Granta will announce its once-in-a-decade selection of the twenty best British novelists aged under forty. Granta’s first generation-defining list of writers was published in 1983 and set the bar for the following decades.

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Granta Picks the Best Young Brazilian Novelists

Cristhiano Aguiar, Javier Arancibia Contreras, Carol Bensimon and Miguel del Castillo are among Granta and Granta em português‘ new list of the Best of Young Brazilian Novelists. A panel of seven judges chose 20 authors to be featured on the literary magazine’s list.

Granta editor John Freeman explained in the release: “We buy Brazil’s clothes, we admire its football, we dance to its beats, but the dream-life of the nation – something contemporary fiction creates in a unique and vital way – remains mostly invisible to us, simply because of a lack of translation. I’m hoping this issue can change that a little, and introduce writers who will be with us for decades.”

Work by the authors will be featured in this month’s Portuguese version of the magazine, and in the November issue of the English-language edition of the publication. The issue will also be translated in Granta’s Chinese edition and for Granta en español.

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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Granta Unveils Kindle Edition

Granta editor John Freeman unveiled a Kindle edition of the literary journal in a blog post today.

Here’s an excerpt: “In thirty-one years of publishing, Granta has never come out in a different format. Ever since Bill Buford and Jonathan Levi took over Cambridge’s student literary journal and gave it new life as a paperback magazine it has been just that: a paperback quarterly full of new writing … But there is, now, a different way to get Granta. If you want to read the magazine on a Kindle, your copy can arrive in under a minute.”

The editor also confessed his own reluctance about the new format: “a world where everyone must have a $140 device to read is certainly not quite as democratic as the one we live in now.” What do you think? Full disclosure: This GalleyCat editor has written for Granta‘s website in the past.

Granta Opens Subscription-Only Online Archive

grantabackwards.jpgLast week the literary journal Granta opened an online archive containing all 110 past issues of the magazine.

The subscription-only online archive is available for the one-year price of £12.99, approximately $20. Collecting all the issues since the 1979 debut of the journal, the archive features early work from writers like Nick Hornby, Salman Rushdie, and Joyce Carol Oates. In addition, the journal unveils free nuggets from the archive, like Don DeLillo‘s “At Yankee Stadium“–an early draft from Mao II.

Editor John Freeman had this statement: “No more hunting through charity shop bins, or stealing them from your friends. Wherever people are, they’ll be able to enjoy and discover the magazine’s fabulous thirty-year breadth.”

Mark Doty on Sex, Smartphones, and Poetry in a Digital Age

In the video embedded above, Granta created a short film about a deeply personal essay by an award winning poet–part of a new multimedia push that will soon include a smartphone app for the literary journal.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty. He talked about his autobiographical essay for Granta‘s Sex issue about an affair with another man that ended his marriage with his wife.

He also unveiled Granta‘s plans for a smartphone app and discussed the short film the literary journal produced about his personal essay. We concluded with a discussion about poetry in a digital age, as Doty shared the advice he gives to his poetry students.

Press play below to listen.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “I think the idea of offering the perspective of a visual image, a little music, makes a wonderful invitation into a work of literature–be it a poem, a memoir, whatever. Why not use every medium we can find to connect with the audience? I love that the people at Granta are about to put out a smartphone app around this same issue. You will be able to access some media related to the Sex issue on your smartphone very shortly.”

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Granta Heads to Chicago

1253108044116.jpg“The trick now is to make literature seem urgent,” Granta Acting Editor John Freeman told a packed crowd at the Brooklyn Book fair earlier this month. In a new Chicago-themed issue, the UK-founded journal has built a literary monument to the place where President Barack Obama–our “Memoirist-in-Chief, according to Freeman–built his political career.

The new issue features a cover by graphic novelist Chris Ware, along with work by Don Delillo, Elaine Showalter, and Tony D’Souza. For UK readers, the magazine is giving away free tickets to the Small Wonder Short Story Festival this week. The new issue also includes writing by Chicago authors Aleksandar Hemon and Stuart Dybek–both interviewed on a Chicago porch for a web video feature.

Here’s an excerpt from the video: “I came to [Chicago] when I was 28. Everything I learned about living with people, about living in the world, I learned in Sarajevo … What I was looking for in Chicago was what I loved in Sarajevo. Which brings me to think you acquire a sensibility in a city. That’s where you grew up. It’s defined by that city. And this you transfer wherever you go.”

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