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Oyster Now Counts 500k Books in Subscription Collection

oysterperseusOyster, the eBook subscription service that has been referred to as “the Netflix of eBooks,” now has 500,000 eBooks in its lending library.

New titles include: How Music Works by David ByrneFlight Behavior by Barbara KingsolverTelegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonThe Cider House Rules by John Irving and It Chooses You by Miranda July.

This is huge growth for the company’s catalog which counted only about 100,000 titles a few months back. The company raised $14 million in funding back in January and has since been expanding its publisher partnerships. The service launched kids books in February.

The service allows users access to its entire collection of books for a $9.95 a month subscription fee.

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Kindle MatchBook Helps Digitize Your Print Library at a Discount

If you buy a hard copy of select books from Amazon, the bookseller will let you buy the eBook edition for a steep discount in its new Kindle MatchBook.

What do you think about this new program? AppNewser has all the details:

Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased select print books will be able to buy the Kindle edition for cheap. Most cost somewhere between free and $2.99 … The feature works for books purchased all the way back to 1995, the year Amazon opened for business. Publishers must enroll these titles in the program. The program launches next month. It will include the bestsellers: I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, among others.

John Irving Wins at Lambda Literary Awards

All the winners of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were revealed in New York City. We’ve included the complete list of winners below.

John Irving took the bisexual fiction award for In One PersonCheryl Burke took the bisexual nonfiction award for My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B. Comedian Kate Clinton hosted the ceremony at the Great Hall at Cooper Union. Here’s more from the release:

the Lambda ceremony brought together almost 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 25 years of the groundbreaking literary awards. Legendary performer Janis Ian took to the stage at the ceremony, and the VIP After-Party at the New Museum was hosted by super-hot DJ Honey Dijon making a quarter century of the “Lammys” a night to remember.

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Tom Colicchio, Eddie Huang & John Irving Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and chef Eddie Huang will come together for a conversation event to discuss Huang’s new memoir, Fresh Off the Boat. Hear them on Tuesday, January 29th at Barnes & Noble starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Jonathan Maberry: ‘Get your butt in a chair & write.’

Have you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. Recently, we spoke with author Jonathan Maberry.

Throughout Maberry’s career, he has won multiple Stoker Awards for his horror work. Last month, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers released the third installment of the Rot & Ruin series, Flesh & Bone.

He has written for Marvel Comics and published multiple novels for both adults and young-adults. As a nonfiction writer, Maberry has examined topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop culture. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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John Irving & Galley Cats Star in KCRW Video

Novelist John Irving made a cameo appearance in a new KCRW pledge drive video (embedded above).

The short video gives you a peek behind the scenes at Michael Silverblatt‘s Bookworm show. Irving reads from his new novel, In One Person, while kittens tumble around the sound booth–a cuddly set of literal galley cats.

Here’s more about the Irving episode of Bookworm: “Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Irving (The Cider House Rules) returns, this time with In One Person (Simon & Schuster), a novel about the life and times of a bi-sexual man growing up around actors, boxers, transsexuals and librarians. The novel culminates in New York during the AIDS crisis. Irving is back to form, even speaking about how his son’s sexuality influenced the novel.”

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John Irving Will Publish Two Books With Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster will publish John Irving‘s upcoming novel, In One Person. The first-person book will explore the life of a bisexual man.

Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement:  “It is a major work, both timeless and deeply relevant to our times … We are honored to be John Irving’s publisher — it’s a privilege I have dreamed of since I was a young Random House editor and was introduced to John by his first editor, Joe Fox.  We expect In One Person to be a literary event and a subject of intense conversation in the summer of 2012.”

The company will also publish another book by Irving (pictured via), publication is tentatively set for 2015. Dean Cooke from The Cooke Agency negotiated the deal on behalf of The Turnbull Agency.

The Novels of Amy Bishop, University of Alabama Shooting Suspect

gawkerlogo23.pngJournalists around the country have focused on the life of neurobiologist Amy Bishop–the suspect arrested for the murder of three of her University of Alabama colleagues.

Now, investigations have turned to Bishop’s work as a novelist. Earlier this week the Boston Globe reported that Bishop had written three novels and is related to novelist John Irving.

Gawker did some more digging to find what may be one of her novels, a science fiction book entitled: If Bullets Were Gold. Here’s an excerpt from the post: “We did a search of the U.S. Copyright Office’s records show that in 1999, someone named Amy Bishop Anderson registered the copyright for a 260-page book called The Martian Experiment. At the time, Amy Bishop was a 34-year-old molecular biologist and biochemist at the Harvard School of Public Health living in Ipswich. She participated in a workshop called the Hamilton Writer’s Group.”

In addition, the Boston Globe uncovered an excerpt from a manuscript entitled Amazon Fever: “The book’s heroine, Olivia, is trying to make it as a scientist during a pandemic, struggling mightily against depression and fear of losing tenure. She muses about the poet Sylvia Plath and her suicide — and continually worries about her future.”

BEA Writing Advice from Richard Russo and John Irving

irvingrusso.JPGA massive crowd gathered around a BEA stage this morning for a headline event that featured novelists John Irving and Richard Russo in conversation with journalist Charles McGrath. GalleyCat covered the panel, following a reader request.

The two novelists focused primarily on writing craft, explaining how they conceived their books. Irving said his upcoming novel “Last Night in Twisted River” was inspired by Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue,” and explained his method: “I always begin with last sentence and work myself backwards to what the first sentence should be.” Russo said he chooses characters carefully: “I don’t want to spend four or five years in the company of bores. I surround myself with characters I care about.”

Both writers explored early influences. Irving explained: “As a young writer in his 20s, I felt like a dinosaur. It was Dickens, Hardy, and Melville that made me want to be a writer. You can’t worry about being on the right or wrong side of taste. Russo concurred: “In grad school, everybody was reading the meta-fiction writers…but it wasn’t what I wanted to be good at…It was hard to find my voice. I latched on to Richard Yates like a lifeline.”