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Jonathan Franzen Signs a Kindle

One Reddit user convinced Jonathan Franzen to sign his Kindle eReader this week, earning a “resigned sigh” from the digitally averse novelist.

As you can see by the image embedded above, it appears Franzen scribbled his name and wrote “SIGNED KINDLE” on the back of the device. Doubters can double-check the signature against this copy of Franzen’s signature.

Earlier this year, Franzen knocked digital books: “When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place. The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing – that’s reassuring.” He also took a shot a Twitter this week.

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Jonathan Franzen: ‘Twitter Is Unspeakably Irritating’

Once again, Jonathan Franzen has generated online headlines by making dismissive comments about our online activities. Author Jami Attenberg saw Franzen speak at a Tulane event last night, copying down a few quotes about social networking.

Here is a Franzen quote from the post: “Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose…it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters…it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’…It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium … People I care about are readers…particularly serious readers and writers, these are my people. And we do not like to yak about ourselves.”

The quotes have spawned a new Twitter hashtag this morning: #JonathanFranzenHates. How would you argue against his comments?

Byliner Fiction to Launch with New Story by Amy Tan

Digital publisher Byliner.com will launch its new fiction initiative with “Rules for Virgins,” a new story (set in 1912 Shanghai) by Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan.

Byliner Fiction will feature everything from short stories to novellas. Here’s more from the release: “We are beginning to build a structured archive on Byliner.com of great short fiction from writers such as Annie Proulx, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, Paul Theroux, and Stewart O’Nan.”

Byliner will release Tan’s story, priced at $2.99, on December 5th. Readers can find it in the Amazon Kindle Singles store, at BarnesAndNoble.com, as a Quick Read in Apple’s iBook store and in the Google eBookstore. According to the company, this will be Tan’s first fiction publication in six years. Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be published by HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Joins Adaptation of The Corrections

Ewan McGregor, the actor who played a crazy private detective in Eye of the Beholder and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, has been cast in HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “McGregor will play Chip, the middle child of an elderly Midwestern couple ([Chris Cooper], [Dianne Wiest]) who reunite the family for one last Christmas.”

Who else would you cast for this grim family drama? As we noted earlier this year, Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin were involved.

Jonathan Franzen Confirms Work on ‘The Corrections’ HBO Series

At the New Yorker Festival, Jonathan Franzen confirmed that he is working on an adaptation of The Corrections for HBO. The video embedded above features a small preview of the 86-minute talk with New Yorker editor David Remnick.

According to The Gothamist, the HBO series will have four seasons to be aired over the course of four years. Franzen explained: “I’m really engaged [in the project] … We have an opportunity, I think, to do something that has not been done where we know what happens in the last episode. All four seasons can be very carefully designed in advance.” (via Shelf Awareness)

Franzen also confirmed the rumors that filmmaker Noah Baumbach and producer Scott Rudin were involved. Who would you cast as the members of the Lambert family?

How to Help Libraries Recover & Local Borders Closings: Top Publishing Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from libraries recovering from Hurricane Irene (pictured) to an eBook about a major book deal to a possible Jonathan Franzen adaptation.

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1. Help Wells Memorial Library Recover from Irene
2. JCPenney Stirs Controversy with ‘Too Pretty to do Homework’ Shirt
3. Why You Shouldn’t Pitch Your Novel This Week
4. Noah Baumbach May Adapt ‘The Corrections’
5. $1.99 eBook about a $665,000 Book Deal
6. Maya Angelou Objects To MLK Monument Quote
7. How Publishers & Authors Can Use SoundCloud
8. When Will Your Local Borders Close?
9. Union & Guild Resources for Writers
10. Free eBooks of Long, Long Novels

Noah Baumbach May Adapt ‘The Corrections’

According to Deadline, filmmaker Noah Baumbach may adapt Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections as an HBO drama series.

The Social Network producer Scott Rudin originally optioned The Corrections as a feature film; he would probably stay on as an executive producer. Baumbach and Franzen reportedly worked on the script for the pilot.

Here’s more from Deadline: “I hear HBO is nearing a pilot order for The Corrections … [which] revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children, tracing their lives from the mid-twentieth century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.”

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Franzen

Today is novelist Jonathan Franzen‘s birthday.

To celebrate, we explored the GalleyCat archives to recover some of the stories Franzen and Freedom inspired on this blog. Enjoy this trip down memory lane, from Glassesgate to Franzen’s first book video (embedded above).

Jonathan Franzen Criticizes Author Videos in New Author Video
Jonathan Franzen Goes to Washington & Meets President Barack Obama
Jonathan Franzen Tops Bad Sex in Fiction Award Nominee List

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Granta Searching for The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists

Granta em português has just launched the search for “The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists.” The Portuguese edition of Granta is published in Brazil by Alfaguara, an imprint within Objetiva Publishing House.

Here’s more from the release: “To qualify, the writers must be under under forty and must have at least one published work or a contract to publish a novel. To apply, candidates must submit an unpublished short story or an extract of an unpublished novel. Non-fiction essays or poetry will not be considered. Submissions will be accepted from 10 July 2011 to 30 September 2011.”

The Brazilian judges include Objetiva’s publishing director Isa Pessôa, Alfaguara publisher Marcelo Ferroni, comparative literature professor Samuel Titan, literature professor Italo Moriconi, author Cristovão Tezza and writer Manuel Da Costa Pinto. The final judge will be selected by the publishers of Brazilian and British Granta.

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Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn Joins The Paris Review

Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn will join The Paris Review as senior editor.

According to a post at The Paris Review, current web editor Thessaly La Force is leaving for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Currently, Foley-Mendelssohn serves as an assistant editor at The New Yorker. She has worked with several celebrated authors including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan, National Book Award-winner Jonathan Franzen, and novelist Zadie Smith. (Photo Credit: Maria Lokke)

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