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Posts Tagged ‘John Hodgman’

Tamara Shopsin, William Gibson & Book Drop Bash Get Booked

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New York Times illustrator Tamara Shopsin and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman will headline a conversation event tonight. See them at the Strand on Monday, April 15th at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Books of Wonder is hosting a “Girls Get Real” panel featuring four young-adult authors. Hear them on Tuesday, April 16th at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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John Hodgman Gives Twitter Vine Lessons

While hanging out at work, author and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman introduced his co-worker Travon Free to Twitter’s Vine video sharing service.

The two writers produced a series of funny videos, showing how a little bit of editing goes a long way. We also got a quick tour of the Daily Show offices.

We’ve embedded the complete video story below–what do you think?

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How to Make a Book Trailer with Your Phone

Sometimes all you need for a book trailer is a telephone. For his new set of book trailers, author Shalom Auslander recorded dark and absurd phone calls with his friends.

To support his new novel, Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander staged strange conversations with Ira Glass (embedded above), John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell. What do you think of the series?

Here’s more about the book: “Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts which haunt our every present.”

John Hodgman Shares Tips for Indie Bookstores

Author John Hodgman poked fun at the demise of Borders in a Daily Show appearance (video embedded above) this week,  urging booksellers to “replace their old-fashioned bookshelves with beautiful, well-appointed downloading pods.”

On Twitter this morning, Hodgman got serious and shared his affection for independent bookstores. He clarified in a tweet: “I’m not suggesting opening an antique technology storefront would be easy, but it’s not impossible. And it won’t be a large chain.”

Below, we’ve collected five bookselling suggestions from Hodgman’s Twitter feed. What advice would you add?

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Alton Brown Inks Book Deal with Abrams

Abrams’ Stewart, Tabori & Chang imprint has acquired the final volume of celebrity chef Alton Brown‘s Good Eats cookbook trilogy.

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Eric Lupfer negotiated the deal with publisher Leslie Stoker.

In the release, Stoker had this comment: “A new Alton Brown book is always a publishing event in the cookbook world, and the release of Good Eats 3 should generate the same kind of enthusiasm and strong sales as his previous books. This final book in the Good Eats series will be a must-have for fans of Brown’s original, highly entertaining cooking show.”

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Alton Brown & John Hodgman Talk Over Whiskey Drinks At a Book Signing

Celebrity chef Alton Brown hosted a book signing event at New York City Barnes & Noble to celebrate the release of his second volume in the Good Eats trilogy, Good Eats 2: The Middle Years. Author/actor John Hodgman (the “I’m a PC” guy) shared the stage and conversation with Brown (pictured, via).

Brown and Hodgman have been friends since a 2004 road trip. Brown brought a tiny bottle of New York rye whiskey while Hodgman came with a large bottle of Kentucky bourbon. Brown asked for a volunteer and one excited young woman excitedly popped on stage. Brown ordered: “Go to the cafe and get us some ice.” Have there ever been incidents in the past where authors have drunk on stage during events?

Brown’s encyclopedic tome weighs 3.85 pounds, half an ounce more than the previous volume, Good Eats: The Early Years. Hodgman complimented Brown for actually writing the books himself. Brown responded: “I’m actually writing these books. I’m almost done with my next book, how ’bout you?” Hodgman sipped his drink and answered, “Fake trivia takes time, you know.” After the talk, Brown personalized and signed every single book.

Copyfight: David Rees Vs. Jamba Juice

gywo_200.jpgDavid Rees, the comic creator behind the “Get Your War On” series, has declared war on Jamba Juice this week after the company appeared to copy his style in an ad campaign–publicizing the copyfight with John Hodgman and his Twitter friends.

However, unlike J.D. Salinger suing to block an unauthorized sequel, Rees has a different problem: his distinctive work depends on public domain clip art, so it’s hard to find a legal remedy. One reader laid out the problem: “You’ve made it clear you don’t want to sue anyone, and that’s because you can’t. If you want to get pissed off, save it for a time when you learn how to draw and are actually protecting original work…You should be flattered.”

The author responded: “I’ve got nothing but love for … any of the other 10,000 webcomics that use the same Dover clip art I use. But the Jarmbur Juice ad campaign looks so totally, exactly like GYWO that I feel they crossed some kind of line.”