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Spotify Playlists for Writers: Kate Christensen

In Largehearted Boy’s amazing Book Notes feature, authors explain how certain songs inspired them. We were touched by novelist Kate Christensen‘s contribution to the series, and we created a Spotify playlist so you can listen to the songs in order while reading her essay.

Here’s more from Christensen’s essay: “Nostalgia is a powerful drug. Under its influence, ordinary songs take on dimensions and powers, like emotional superheroes. The following is a list of songs that will forever and irrevocably remind me of particular times, experiences — people I’ve loved (truly, madly, deeply) and, inevitably, lost.”

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. Once you have an account, check out our Kate Christensen Spotify Playlist and our Haruki Murakami Spotify Playlist. We love making music mixes, so we will create more playlists for writers. If you have more ideas for a particular playlist, you can always add your suggestions in the comments section–we will update our mix. (Link via Ed Champion. Photo via Ronnie Farley)

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Doubleday Executive Editor Wins 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

geraldhoward.jpgDoubleday executive editor and VP Gerald Howard has won the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction’s 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

Howard will receive his award at the Library’s November 9 annual dinner in New York City. This is the fifth year the award has been given out, and past recipients included Harcourt editor Drenka Willen and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Jonathan Galassi. To find out more about the winner, check out this GalleyCat interview with Howard.

Here’s an excerpt from the release: “Mr. Howard has been with Doubleday since 1998. In his tenure at Doubleday, he has worked with Kate Christensen, Pat Barker, Walter Kirn, Chuck Palahniuk, Bill Bryson, Muriel Spark, Robert Bingham and Gore Vidal.”

Five Reviewers Walk into a Bar…

31+YC498x+L._SL500_AA240_.jpgA New York Magazine blog took a stab at revitalizing the book review with a new feature this week, the Vulture Reading Room.

Led by New York book critic, Sam Anderson, the feature has five literary folks take shots at the same book. The inaugural feature ponders Charlotte Roche‘s scandalous novel “Wetlands,” which Anderson dubbed “the most obscene book club [book] in the long history of book clubbing.”

Here’s more from novelist Kate Christensen, one of the five reviewers: “I wanted to find it hilarious, transgressive, honest, and interesting, but I can barely force myself to go on reading it. I’m stuck on page 141. Not because I’m squeamish, which I am not in any way, but because it’s so searingly awful, as you’ve all already and very eloquently and hilariously pointed out: tawdry, pointless, boring, badly written … eccch.”