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Stephenie Meyer Casting; Elderly iPad; and Colin Meloy Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As we enjoy a sunny weekend in New York City, enjoy that video of a 99-year-old poet exploring the iPad–along with the rest of the headlines you may have missed this week.

Casting opened for a new adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer novel–send your headshots today!

To celebrate a new genre of publishing publicity, Melville House launched a new book trailer awards ceremony.

Frustrated with his own writing, one writer created a documentary about Bad Writing.

Despite an embargo, Laura Bush‘s memoir was leaked, sparking commentary from the literary Twitter-sphere.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish a two-volume edition of the late Philip K. Dick‘s Exegesis & 39 backlist titles–Exegesis will be edited by Jonathan Lethem.

Finally, the great detective Nancy Drew turned 80-years-old.

Philip K. Dick “Exegesis” & 39 Backlist Titles to be Published by HMH

pkd23.jpgHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has sealed a deal for North American rights to publish Philip K. Dick‘s unpublished manuscript: The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. This as-yet-unpublished work contains journal entries the science fiction author (pictured, via) produced after a mystical experience in the 1970s.

The text will be edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson. The conglomerate publisher had more news for Dick fans–they will also bring back 39 titles from Dick’s backlist to republish under the Mariner imprint. The reprints will begin in fall 2011.

Adult Trade publisher Bruce Nichols had this comment: “Philip K. Dick’s books remain as provocative and cutting-edge today as ever … Each generation wants to claim him as its own and we look forward not only to the landmark publication of The Exegesis in fall 2011, but to inspiring a new generation of readers with his significant backlist and its potential in all formats.”

CoverSpy Keeps NYC Under Literary Surveillance

slicemag.jpgSlice Magazine has dispatched a “team of publishing nerds” to take a digital census of the reading habits of New York City residents.

They collect the results at the CoverSpy Tumblr page. Each post describes the reader, filling a literary voyeur gap left since Seen Reading went on hiatus last October.

The CoverSpies spotted the expected books: “The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown (Older M, 45ish, wire glasses & Hemingway beard, book flat in lap, F train)” and the slightly more unexpected books: “The Sex Lives of Cannibals, J. Maarten Troost (F, 28, long blondish hair, sitting in corner seat, B train).”

The website also features the occasional photo of a Kindle, the book’s identity forever shrouded in digital mystery: “Title Unknown, Author Unknown (F, 37, a well-put-together lady overall w/ Prada purse, exited F at Delancey).”

Finally, the site also prowls for writers: “(Jonathan Lethem, typing, Clover’s in Brooklyn).”

Best Writing Music of 2009, Part Two

album_main_bs150.jpgJust in time for the new year, here are our readers’ most inspirational songs of the year. Click here to read part one, and don’t forget to check out this GalleyCat editor’s favorite songs.

Our Australian reader Alister McMillan contributed these thoughts: “Michael Connelly advocates restricting any writing soundtrack to instrumental music. I can see the point that singing and lyrics might distract a writer. But what about the moments when blockage, doubt and fury paralyse the word count? At those times we need to know that someone else feels as bereft and hateful. Anything by Elvis Costello will do — it’s literate yet offers the right line of spite and self-pity. I’m also a fan of You Are All My People by I’m Not Jim (pictured, via) otherwise known as novelist Jonathan Lethem and songwriter Walter Salas-Humara.”

Reader Sue Keck sent in her favorite writing songs: “‘Blues When You Need Them’ and ‘A Thousand Small Things’ by Rodney Jones can take me deeper into a character every time. ‘Surrounded’ by Laurence Elder As a friend of mine said the first time he heard the song, ‘This guy sings like wings fly.’ Lifts me above writers block everytime. ‘So Easy’ by Laurence Elder provides a steady groove for writing.”

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NBF Unveils 2009 “5 Under 35″ List

nba23.jpgThe National Book Foundation announced its annual “5 Under 35″ honorees this week.

Ceridwen Dovey for “Blood Kin” (Viking, 2008), chosen by Rachel Kushner.
C. E. Morgan for “All the Living” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009), chosen by Christine Schutt.
Lydia Peelle for “Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing” (HarperCollins, 2009), chosen by Salvatore Scibona.
Karen Russell for “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” (Vintage, 2006), chosen by Don Chaon.
Josh Weil for “The New Valley” (Grove Press, 2009), chosen by Lily Tuck.

The ’5 Under 35′ celebration will take place on November 16 at PowerHouse Arena in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. Here’s more about the party: “That evening, each author will be introduced by the writer who selected them and will read a brief excerpt from their work to an audience of their peers: young writers, editors, publishers, agents, journalists and bloggers. This year’s emcee is musician, novelist and publisher Richard Hell, founder of the seminal punk band Richard Hell & the Voidoids. The evening’s DJ will be novelist, essayist, and MacArthur fellow Jonathan Lethem.”

Famous Author Summer Book Club

9780060596989_0_Cover.jpgLike a celebrity book club with a classy membership, Michael Connelly, Mary Karr, Jonathan Lethem, and Neil Gaiman all suggested summer reading at Salon.com.

Editors visited signing booths around BEA, getting some reading intelligence from writers: Gaiman recommended one of the more controversial BEA authors and Karr plugged an Australian historical novel.

Here’s an excerpt: “We tracked down some of our favorite writers to ask them what we should take to the beach this summer. Despite Neil Gaiman’s weariness after signing 170 books in a row, he couldn’t resist a chance to share several of his favorites. Jonathan Lethem opted for a classic. ‘Outlanders’ series writer Diana Gabaldon plugged her favorite crime fiction.”

Authors Win Literary Triva Showdown

slice_title.gifFive authors beat out five agents and five editors at a literary trivia contest this week at a Slice Magazine fundraiser.

GalleyCat missed the event, but the New Yorker‘s Book Bench reported on the “rowdy audience” at Dixon Place in Manhattan. The winning team of authors included Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn”), Chip Kidd (“The Cheese Monkeys”), A.J. Jacobs (“The Year of Living Biblically”), Darin Strauss (“Chang and Eng”), Susan Jane Gilman (“Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress”).

Here’s an excerpt from the Talk of the Town-ish piece: “Unfortunately, none of the competitors knew which phobia Ray Bradbury, Muhammad Ali, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Newhart shared. (Answer: Aerophobia, a fear of flying). The agents, who the woman next to me remarked ‘looked awfully young,’ killed on the ‘Harry Potter’ questions.”

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