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Jon Stewart Exposes the Problem with Literary Readings

9780446579223_154x233.jpgAt a BookExpo America speech yesterday, author and television host Jon Stewart exposed a common problem that plagues literary readings: long-winded questions from the audience.

New York magazine reporter Boris Kachka wrote about the event, capturing the key moment: “‘Do you have a question,’ Stewart slowly groaned into the mike at one long-winded guest. ‘You’re killing us.’ After a few more questions, he said, ‘Does anyone have a question where we don’t end up having to help you people? Is anyone here okay with what’s going on at this point in their careers, and maybe just curious about the s*** we do?’”

This GalleyCat editor can think of plenty of readings ruined by painful questions. Share your worst long-winded reading question in the comments–we’ll round them up in a future post.

Barack Obama Fan Mail, Apple iPad Video, and Lindsay Lohan Memoir: Weekend Reading

In that video, Penguin CEO John Makinson gave us a glimpse of what digital books from the iBooks store will be like when the Apple iPad arrives.

President Barack Obama sent fan mail to Life of Pi author Yann Martel.

Media Source Inc. had acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal, causing some editorial shakeups at Publishers Weekly–a new publisher and editorial director.

We rounded up The Best Book Editors on Twitter–add your favorite in the comments.

The great author Barry Hannah passed away at 67-years-old.

BookExpo America announced that Daily Show host Jon Stewart will introduce memoirist Condoleezza Rice at a BEA breakfast.

Speaking of memoirs, Lindsay Lohan is writing a memoir.

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Jon Stewart to Introduce Condoleezza Rice at BookExpo America

9780446691864_154X233.jpgBookExpo America (BEA) has today announced that Jon Stewart will make an encore BookExpo America performance–serving as master of ceremonies at the Author Breakfast on Thursday, May 27. In a crazy political pairing, the host of The Daily Show will introduce memoirist and politician Condoleezza Rice.

According to the Grand Central webpage, the host’s book The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book) will be published in September. Stewart first hosted the BEA breakfast in 2004. Among other big guests at the two-day fair are: Cory Doctorow, William Gibson, John Grisham, Sara Gruen, Christopher Hitchens, Patton Oswalt, and Mary Roach.

Event Director Steven Rosato had this statement: “We are incredibly fortunate to have these authors assembled at our show and I know that will be a great draw for BEA and will ensure that these events will sell out. Above all, I am thankful to the publishers who support us, and who bring their authors to BEA so that we might all enjoy meeting them, and hearing what they have to say. It’s a very unique and special opportunity for anyone who is part of the book industry and who attends BEA.”

The complete release is embedded below.

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Prominent Journalists Criticize Pluto Scientist and Author

Tonight, an author who has fielded hate mail from third graders will be featured in a Nova documentary about one of science’s most controversial topics–the planetary status of Pluto.

Last month, we reported how astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote the book, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet. The book talks about his role in the controversial (at least among grade school kids) scientific ruling that Pluto is not a planet.

Tonight he will be featured in a Nova documentary about Pluto, and, as you can see by that video, a number of prominent journalists have some negative opinions of his work as well–including Stephen Colbert, Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, and Diane Sawyer.

Surviving a Daily Show Book Tour Stop

dailyshowlogo.pngAs the outlets for book publicity shrink, The Daily Show has become a coveted interview spot for writers of all stripes.

Over at The Rumpus, author and journalist Ethan Watters listed ten insider tips for surviving underneath the glare of The Daily Show lights. He includes advice about the contents of the show’s boozy gift bag, cracking jokes with Jon Stewart, and the step-by-step backstage journey.

Here’s an excerpt: “Do not laugh too hard at his zingers. They are for people watching at home. If you start giggling the interview is going to grind to a halt…Bask in the post interview handshake. This is the moment when they are cutting away to commercial and the host leans in to shake your hand and say something just between the two of you. I can’t tell you what Jon said to me during those five seconds except to say that it was of a highly personal nature.”

Intrigued? You can judge Watters’ performance in the video clip embedded after the jump.

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Behind the Scenes at the NYT Book Review

9780743578196.jpgAs you shuffle home from a long day surfing the literary Internets, here are a few publishing links to ponder…

NY Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus interviewed at Oxford American: “The most unexpected dimension of my job has been the online component.”

Jezebel takes a look at a cute moment between author Sarah Vowell and Jon Stewart.

Having a hard time balancing your day-job and writing life? The Millions has a heartfelt essay about the struggle.

Finally, a NSFW Electric Literature video animates a single sentence by Diana Wagman.

The Daily Show Sells Books – Who’d Have Thunk?

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman adopts a sense of gee-whizness in this piece about how Comedy Central‘s flagship satirical show brings on serious authors – and how their books sell in massive quantities thereafter. Of course, let’s remember that if 1.5 million people watch the show, and if 1/10th of the audience (or less) buys books, voila! Instant bestseller (see, BOOK, AMERICA THE.) So the numbers for stardom don’t have to be all that high. Still, the number of serious authors talking to Jon Stewart (and Stephen Colbert on THE COLBERT REPORT) has gone up in the last few years as the number of venues for them dry up elsewhere. Publishers say that particularly for the last six months, both shows have become the most reliable venues for promoting weighty books whose authors would otherwise end up on THE EARLY SHOW on CBS looking like they showed up at the wrong party.

“It was almost an ‘oh my God’ moment,” said Lissa Warren, publicity director for Da Capo Press. “There aren’t that many television shows that will have on serious authors. And when they do have one, it’s almost startling.” Part of the surprise, publishers said, is that the Comedy Central audience is more serious than its reputation allows. They aren’t just YouTube obsessives but a much more diverse – and book-buying – audience. “It’s the television equivalent of NPR,” Martha Levin, publisher of Free Press, said. “You have a very savvy, interested audience who are book buyers, people who do go into bookstores, people who are actually interested in books.”

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