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Jason Pinter Joins Grove/Atlantic & Mysterious Press

Next month author Jason Pinter will join Grove/Atlantic as senior marketing manager.

An active Twitter writer, Pinter tweeted the news: “On 8/8 I’ll be starting as Senior Marketing Manager for Grove/Atlantic and the newly relaunching Mysterious Press. Can’t wait.”

Otto Penzler founded Mysterious Press in 1975. In 2010, Grove/Atlantic announced they would revive the imprint. Here’s more from the publisher: “[The imprint] will feature works by such Edgar Allan Poe Award–winning authors as Thomas H. Cook, Andrew Klavan, and Thomas Perry, two-time nominee Ken Bruen, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, PEN West Award winner Robert Ward, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Robert Olen Butler.”

L.A. Noire Video Game Gets Mulholland Books Anthology

Rockstar Games and Little, Brown and Company imprint Mulholland Books have teamed up to publish a short story collection exploring the world of the upcoming video game, L.A. Noire. Above, we’ve embedded the game’s trailer.

While only some of the stories are actually set inside the video game world, the collection includes stories by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will be released on June 6th as an eBook at all the major eBookstores.

Little, Brown and Company publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “We are thrilled to be embarking on a creative partnership with the team at Rockstar Games … The possibilities for cross-promotions of this nature, encouraging gamers to read and readers to play games are huge. We’re looking forward to a new frontier of book publishing possibilities and see Rockstar as an ideal partner.”

Book Wish Foundation Compiles Y.A. Short Story & Poetry Collection

A team of authors have joined Book Wish Foundation‘s What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur project. Book sale profits will be donated to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), an organization building libraries in Darfur refugee camps in Chad.

Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons imprint will release the collection in September. If you make a donation of $20 or more before April 30th and your name (and your child’s) will be included in the book’s acknowledgment section.

Actress Mia Farrow, who serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has written the forward. The participating authors include: Cornelia Funke, Meg Cabot, R. L. Stine, John Green, Ann M. Martin, Alexander McCall Smith, Cynthia Voigt, Karen Hesse, Joyce Carol Oates, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Yolen, Nate Powell, Gary Soto, Jeanne DuPrau, Francisco X. Stork, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sofia Quintero.

Kensington Publishing Founder Walter Zacharius Has Died

Walter Zacharius (pictured), the founder of Kensington Publishing, passed away this week at 87-years-old.

Zacharius started Kensington in 1974. Some of the authors he published included National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates, historical novelist Ken Follett, romance author Fern Michaels, and Tucker Max. In 2004, he realized a life-long dream of becoming a published author with the release of his novel, Songbird (later retitled The Memories We Keep).

Here’s more from Kensington’s tribute to the publisher: “Using his artistic sensibilities, he was the first to introduce ‘special-effect’ foil-stamped, holographic, 3D and moving image book covers into the marketplace. Among his other firsts, Walter started a highly-successful African American publishing imprint (Arabesque Books), created the first Spanish-language romance line, and in 2007 opened a West Coast operation, the headquarters of Kensington Media, LLC. a film production company.”

Lisa Simpson Gets Book Club on Tumblr

Ever wish you could read like a cartoon character? The Lisa Simpson Book Club Tumblr blog has been collecting the many book references made by Lisa on the long running cartoon, The Simpsons.

The inspiring (and funny) reading list collects references to everybody from Danielle Steele to Lillian Hellman to Joyce Carol Oates. Above, we’ve embedded a Scrabble scene from the early days of the cartoon show to illustrate Lisa’s well-read personality.

Here is a particularly funny quote from the show: “Well, I think we should invest in a set of The Great Books Of Western Civilization. Look at this ad from The New Republic For Kids: Each month, a new classic will be delivered to our door. Paradise Regained, Martin Cheselwitt or Herman Melville’s twin-classics Omoo and Typee.”

Stephen King Headlines Vampire Panel at New Yorker Festival

This year’s New Yorker Festival took place last weekend.  Twitter fans at the festival used the hashtag, #tnyfestival.

On Saturday, Joan Acocella (author of the vampire essay, “In the Blood”) moderated the Vampires Revival panel. On board to speak were philosophy professor Noel Carroll, horror novelist Stephen King, vampire film director Matt Reeves, and Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. A video preview of the panel discussion is embedded above.

Several dozen King fans waited outside the venue only to be disappointed by King’s unwillingness to sign books. As he walked away with his arms in the air, he told the crowd: “I can’t sign guys, I got to get something to eat.” Alas, just because he’s a “king” doesn’t mean he isn’t human.

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GalleyCat Reviews the Books of Lost

product-thumbnail.jpgTonight readers, writers, and television obsessives will crowd around television sets, following the tricky plot of Lost–a TV show loaded with countless literary allusions. To help you prepare, GalleyCat Reviews has collected literary criticism about our favorite books from Lost.

First, The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares is this GalleyCat editor’s favorite Lost book. Here’s an excerpt from a review by Seamus Sweeney: “Borges’ comparison with The Turn of the Screw is apt – it is an eerie, brief masterpiece, of the right duration to make for a supremely vivid afternoon’s reading.”

Next, Flannery O’Connor‘s short story collection Everything That Rises Must Converge played a key role at the end of last season. The brilliant Joyce Carol Oates reviewed her work in this essay: “O’Connor’s plainspoken, blunt, comic-cartoonish, and flagrantly melodramatic short stories were anything but fashionable … these were not refined New Yorker stories of the era in which nothing happens except inside characters’ minds, but stories in which something happens of irreversible magnitude, often death by violent means.”‘

Flavorpill also rounded up their favorite lost books, briefly reviewing Valis by Philip K. Dick. Here’s an excerpt: “Narrated by a fictionalized Dick and his protagonist proxy Horselover Fat, the book is an extended, at times utterly surreal, meditation on the pursuit of religion and philosophical query. Addressing doctrines like Christianity, Gnosticism, and Taoism, the story is a subtly paced romp toward the meaning of life.”

Finally, last week we uncovered one New Directions title that will be featured in the upcoming season.

Michael McKenzie Promoted to Senior Publicity Director at Ecco

eccologo.pngThis week HarperCollins promoted Michael McKenzie to senior publicity director at Ecco.

Harper director of publicity Tina Andreadis announced the promotion in a staff memo. The Ecco imprint publishes a varied list of big-time authors, including: Russell Banks, Anthony Bourdain, and Charles Bukowski.

Here’s an excerpt: “Over the past three years at Ecco, Michael has delivered stellar campaigns–from the incredibly successful ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,’ every Joyce Carol Oates book (and there are many!), to most recently, the amazing coverage for Patti Smith‘s book, ‘Just Kids.’ In addition to the Ecco list, Michael delivers wonderful campaigns for the Harper imprint, most notably all of Michael Chabon‘s works. Michael is dedicated to his authors and consistently delivers fabulous results.”

National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Announced

nbcclogo23.jpgOn Saturday night, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the finalists for their annual literary awards.

Two awards were also delivered at the celebration. Here’s more from the release: “[T]his year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award is Joyce Carol Oates, announced by Kwame Anthony Appiah, president of PEN American Center, the 2008 Sandrof award winner. Winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, announced by former Balakian winner Albert Mobilio, is Joan Accocela.”

Here are the year’s finalists for Fiction. All finalists follow after the jump:
Bonnie Jo Campbell for “American Salvage” (Wayne State University Press)
Marlon James for “The Book of Night Women” (Riverhead)
Michelle Huneven for “Blame” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Hilary Mantel for “Wolf Hall” (Holt)
Jayne Anne Phillips for “Lark and Termite” (Knopf)

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Betting Site Ranks Amos Oz as 2009 Nobel Prize Favorite

award.jpgAs literary types speculate about this year’s nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature before the October announcement date, UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the prestigious prize.

According to the betting site Ladbrokes, Israeli author Amos Oz has the best odds of winning–the 4 to 1 favorite. The long shots are William H. Gass and Paul Auster, both with 100 to 1 odds. Bob Dylan clocks in with 25 to 1 odds. Americans Joyce Carol Oates and Philip Roth both have strong 7 to 1 odds. Haruki Murakami and Thomas Pynchon both weigh in with respectable 9 to 1 odds.

Here’s more from Monsters & Critics: “The Swedish Academy’s choice is due to be announced in October at a date yet to be announced. In recent years, the academy that awards the coveted prize, has made some surprise choices, including the 1997 selection of Italian playwright Dario Fo.”

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