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Posts Tagged ‘Joseph O’Neill’

Artists & Musicians Host Benefit Rebuild Red Hook, Brooklyn

Authors and musicians are coming together for a benefit that will raise money to rebuild Red Hook, a water-front community in Brooklyn that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Novelist/journalist Kurt Andersen will host the event, which is called “Defiance: A Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook,” and will take place on November 14th at Littlefield at 7pm. Musicians Steve Earle and Stew will perform and novelists Joseph O’Neill, Sam Lipsyte, and Rivka Galchen will do readings, as will non-fiction writers Phillip Lopate, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Meghan O’Rourke, Deborah Baker, and Robert Sullivan will also participate.

Tickets for the event cost $50, and can be purchased at this link. All proceeds from the event will be split between two charities who are helping to rebuild Red Hook post-Sandy — Red Hook Initiative and Restore Red Hook.

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Sam Mendes and Oprah Winfrey Land “Netherland” Scriptwriter

netherland23.jpgAfter a long search, director Sam Mendes and Oprah Winfrey‘s production company have found a screenwriter to adapt Joseph O’Neill‘s “Netherland” for the screen.

They’ve tapped Christopher Hampton, the writer who managed to adapt Ian McEwan‘s “Atonement.” Winfrey’s company, Harpo Films, had bought the rights to the critically-acclaimed book, and it took a number of conversations to bring Hampton into the project.

Here’s a quote from Hampton about the adaptation: “I don’t know why Sam wanted me to do it, but I do know he feels that he has to make it. He told me there really isn’t anybody else who could make this film, since he is both a film director and an expat cricket-lover living in New York.”

Beach Reading with President Barack Obama

9780312428228.jpgLike any good overachieving, obsessive reader, President Barack Obama is bringing a stack of five books on his vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

According to Time Magazine, the list includes: “Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Tom Friedman, “John Adams” by David McCullough, “Lush Life” by Richard Price, “Plain Song” by Kent Haruf, and “The Way Home” by George Pelecanos. Earlier this year, the literary president was caught reading books by novelist Colson Whitehead and Joseph O’Neill.

Here’s a hardboiled excerpt from “Lush Life,” one of this GalleyCat editor’s favorite reads from the list: “The Quality of Life Task Force: four sweatshirts in a bogus taxi set up on the corner of Clinton Street alongside the Williamsburg Bridge off-ramp to profile the incoming salmon run; their mantra: Dope, guns, overtime; their motto: Everyone’s got something to lose.” (Via Book Bench)

The Barack Obama Book Club

netherland.jpgPresident Barack Obama is reading Joseph O’Neill‘s “Netherland” right now, the NY Times reports–more good news for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award winner.

This bit of presidential intelligence came out at the end of a much longer interview about the economy, but journalist David Leonhardt thought the tidbit was worth including at the top of the piece. Last week novelist Colson Whitehead discovered that the President had already read his book.

Here’s Whitehead’s happy Tweet: “Nexis find: Chicago Sun Times 1/22/03, in Meet Obama Q&A: Last Movie Seen…Last Good Book Read: John Henry Days [!]” (Via Afterword)