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Gary Shteyngart Gets Book Blurb Documentary

Journalist Edward Champion has released “Shteyngart Blurbs,” a short documentary looking at the life and book blurbs of Gary Shteyngart (along with the history of blurbs).

We’ve embedded the complete film above, including cameos from some great writers, Jacob Silverman‘s cat and the Totally Hip Book reviewer. Check out The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart Tumblr to read some of his work.

Here’s more about the film: “Narrated by Jonathan Ames, this fifteen minute documentary investigates Gary Shteyngart’s prolific book blurbing, talking with the the many authors who have been blurbed by Gary, book critics, journalists, editors, book jacket designers, and even the man who created a Tumblr devoted to Shteyngart’s blurbs. Features Ron Charles, A.J. Jacobs, A.M. Homes, Molly Ringwald, Karen Russell, Dinaw Mengestu, and many more! (Music licensed through Friendly Music.)”

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Jonathan Ames Shares His Post-Bored to Death Plans

bored23.jpgOver at Vulture, novelist Jonathan Ames talked about the cancellation of Bored to Death, the HBO show he created. He also speculated about a book, movie or comic book that could continue the story.

The private detective comedy starred Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson. In the interview, Ames stressed that the show had a strong following on DVR, on-demand and other “nontraditional viewership.” Fans joined Ames at the great Brooklyn Inn last night for sympathy drinks.

Here’s more about his future plans: “maybe I’ll write a book from the fourth season from the point of view of Jonathan Ames, the character. That would even confuse me! [Laughs.] I have ideas for a fourth season that could translate nicely into a fun caper/detective movie. One of the things I wanted to explore was that as Jonathan became a more capable detective, we could increase the action and the slapstick and the adventures. A comic book could be fun, because I could write out all these things we wanted to do.”

‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled by HBO

bored23.jpgAfter three seasons, HBO has canceled Bored to Death.

The literary show is a private detective fantasy adapted from a McSweeney’s story by Jonathan Ames, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

Here’s more about the cancellation: “Bored to Death … opened its third season to a similarly disappointing average viewership of just 240,000, a significant drop from the 1.1 million the second season garnered a year earlier.”

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Bored to Death Creator Jonathan Ames Gives Screenwriting Tips

Jonathan Ames has written short stories, newspaper columns, and novels in his over twenty years as a writer and author.

In our Media Beat interview, he revealed how he added another title to his resume:  screenwriter and executive producer of HBO’s Bored to Death, a series based on his own short story about a writer turned private investigator.

“I read a number of scripts and I just quickly gleaned that you want to make the descriptions short and to the point and the dialogue lively,” Ames told mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby. “I did learn as I went along to begin scenes late and end early. You don’t want people walking across the room a lot and ringing doorbells. You know, all that’s gonna chew up screen time and get thrown out anyway. It was just sort of adapting to a form, like adapting to a poetic form like a sonnet. What’s another one? A siesta. No, that’s a nap.”

Watch the full video for more tips (and humor) about Ames’ writing process and to find out why, despite his success, he’s still not ready to settle down.

Part 1: Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames on Sex, Insecurity and…Boxing?

Part 3: Jonathan Ames Brings “Jonathan Ames” to HBO’s Bored to Death

Booked: Digital Book Party Tonight

ebooksummit02.gifNovember is high event season in the publishing world. To keep you posted about upcoming events, we’ve launched a new Booked feature–building a literary event calendar for GalleyCat readers.

First, we must mention the GalleyCat-sponsored eBook summit party tonight (Nov. 16) at NYC’s Bubble Lounge. Join GalleyCat writers and readers for a drink and a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit. The party runs from 6:30 until 8:30, moving this virtual conversation about publishing into the real world. Click here to RSVP for a spot.

On Nov. 17, Stephen Elliott will host Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Vanessa Hidary and the kid-core band, Care Bears on Fire for a literary night sponsored by The Rumpus and Tin House literary event at the Highline in Manhattan.

On Nov. 19, join Lily Burana, Isobella Jade, and Rachel Kramer Bussel for the fourth anniversary party for the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series.

On Nov. 19, author Greil Marcus will visit Columbia University to perform his his book, “Lipstick Traces”–incorporating visual material, props and monologue in the 20th anniversary celebration performance.

To include your literary event in future postings, email GalleyCat.

HBO Renews Jonathan Ames’ Bored to Death

bored23.jpgAfter just a few episodes, HBO has renewed Bored to Death for another season. The literary show is a private detective fantasy adapted from a McSweeney’s story by Jonathan Ames, starring Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson.

So far, the critics have dug the show. The NY Times called it “best new comedy of the season” and the New Yorker wrote: “In the HBO series, Ames has combined his writing self with his performing self and created something that is about ego without seeming egotistical.” Any GalleyCat readers watching the show? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

According to a Seattle PI report: “The pickup comes days after the show saw a ratings high of 1.1 million on Sunday, when it followed Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Seinfeld reunion episode. Since its Sept. 20 debut, Bored to Death’s pilot has been seen by 4.1 million viewers with repeats factored in.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

McSweeney’s Launches iPhone App

iPhonePreview.jpgMcSweeney’s, the Dave Eggers-founded publishing outfit, has entered the smartphone age with a brand new iPhone and iPod Touch app that sells for $5.99 in the Apple App store. What do you think–in a world of free literary iPhone applications (from IndieBound to Stanza, will readers pay for mobile content?

UPDATE: Yes they will… GalleyCat reader Tina Pohlman notes that the app has risen to number one on the “Top Paid App” category in the Books section of the Apple App store. According to the release, subscribing to the app will deliver six-months worth of iPhone-exclusive content, along with choice selections from the publisher’s online content site, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Nevertheless, the unconventional press promised to maintain a focus on “books, paper, and exploring the possibilities and challenges of our physical objects.” Upcoming projects include a prototype newspaper and pentagonal book.

Here’s more from the site: “Small Chair [is] a weekly sampler from all branches of the McSweeney’s family. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin. Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. Early contributors will include Spike Jonze, Wells Tower, Chris Ware, and Jonathan Ames. This material will not be available online and is pretty sure to be good stuff.”

Julia Roberts at Brooklyn Bookstore

store-1.gifYesterday traffic snarled on Court Street in Brooklyn as Julia Roberts browsed for books at BookCourt (pictured). The bookstore will play a brief role in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love“–a film starring Roberts with a stop in one of the most cinematic bookstores in Kings County.

“They shot a scene of Julia out front,” explained Zack Zook, general manager of the bookstore, in a GalleyCat interview. “She sees some book in the window and decides to come in the bookstore. There is a shot of her in the store purchasing books on divorce.”

“They took the signs down, but there are shots of the fiction section. People who are familiar with the store will recognize it,” he concluded. Zook’s family owns the store, which was founded in 1981. It has appeared in a few films: First Born, Duplex, and most recently, HBO shot a Jonathan Ames event at the store. Zook also explained that they regularly let student filmmakers shoot for free in the bookstore.

BEA: On the Town

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As always, the convention is only part of the BEA story, with parties filling in the gaps. So as promised, reports mixed with more blurry cameraphone photos follow of some of the parties I attended over the course of the weekend.

After our our party Thursday night, Mary Reagan and I cabbed across town to 60 Thompson Street for William Morrow‘s bash, where I finally met Pittsburgh Post-Gazette book editor Bob Hoover and proceeded to gab for twenty minutes about Canada, theater and the amazing Sidney Crosby (see, you can talk about subjects other than books at BEA. In fact, it’s a necessary tonic.) After that was the Litblog Co-Op party which was even more packed than the previous two as a plethora of literary bloggers celebrated with the likes of Richard Nash, Colson Whitehead, Sara Ivry, Katharine Weber, and (though I didn’t spot him) Morgan Entrekin.

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