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The New Yorker Acquires Borowitz Report

Comedian and author Andy Borowitz revealed today that The New Yorker has acquired his blog, The Borowitz Report. Starting today, readers will find his satirical pieces at the magazine’s website.

Borowitz joked that editor David Remnick will allow the humorist to write for the magazine as long as “I don’t make fun of Malcolm Gladwell.”

The announcement ended with a serious dedication to the writer’s mother. Here’s more: “if you’ll forgive me, I’d like to say one last thing that’s true. My mom, Helen Borowitz, who died this month at the age of eighty-three, loved The New Yorker all her life and introduced me to it when I was a little boy. Seeing the Borowitz Report at The New Yorker would have made her so happy. I dedicate all my columns to her memory.”

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Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book Explores David & Goliath

Little, Brown has acquired the North American rights to Malcolm Gladwell’s new book David and Goliath. The publication is slated for release in 2013.

In this new book, the author of The Tipping Point, Outliers and Blink, will explore underdogs who confront powerful organizations. Literary agent Tina Bennett of Janklow & Nesbit Associates negotiated the deal.

The release has more about the book: “Why are we so often surprised when underdogs win? Do Goliaths make mistakes in spite of their strength—or because of it? David and Goliath looks at revolutionaries and dictators, the privileged and the poor, and misfits and straight arrows in an effort to figure out who really has the advantage in any kind of contest—and why.”

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How Many Hours Have You Spent Writing?

How many hours did you spend writing last week? Multiply that times 52 and you will have a rough idea of your annual dedication to the craft of writing.

In the rambling and inspiring video embedded above (contains a bit of swearing), novelist Yuvi Zalkow speculates that it will take aspiring authors 10,000 hours of writing to master the craft. What do you think?

I also see how we writers are so compelled to obsess over the accolades we think we deserve before fully maturing our writing chops. And so this video turned into a talk about the need to write. To write a lot. Without doing a lick of research (or even bothering to read his book), I swiped Malcolm Gladwell’s notion that it takes 10,000 hours to master a particular craft. (Don’t quote me on this!) I just love the idea of that number because it is a damn big number. And I think it is roughly true. It takes a long time for most of us mortals to get good at writing. (Via Reddit Lit Videos)

Malcolm Gladwell Will Close AAP Annual Meeting

Author Malcolm Gladwell will deliver the closing address at the Association of American Publishers’ Annual Meeting on March 14 in New York City. Gladwell will discuss “Publishing in the 21st Century.”

Follow this link to register.  Hachette Book Group chairman David Young will introduce the author and U.S. Copyright Office register of copyrights Maria Pallante will keynote the event.

AAP president Tom Allen explained the choice: “The focus of our gathering will be on critical current issues such as distribution channels and copyright protection, considered through the prism of publishers and our historic partners.  Malcolm Gladwell’s remarkable skill in interpreting new ideas and inspiring thoughtful debate, particularly with a community in which he’s a member, will be a wonderful closure to the day.”

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Geoff Shandler & Judy Clain Promoted at Little, Brown

Yesterday Hachette Book Group USA announced two promotions at the Little, Brown and Company imprint.

Geoff Shandler has been named vice president and editorial director. Shandler will oversee the expansion in the imprint’s nonfiction program. Some of the authors he has worked with include The Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Judy Clain has been named vice president and editor-in-chief. In her new role, Clain will chair the imprint’s editorial board, manage the editorial team, and serve as the lead ambassador to literary agents. Some of the authors she has worked with include Julie & Julia memoir author Julie Powell and Room novelist Emma Donoghue.

Five Sale Books For Your Holiday Reading

Are you getting ready for a big July 4th trip and need something to read on the cheap? We’ve put together a list of books that are on sale this week for your holiday reading enjoyment.

The list includes titles for grownups and kids. If you are looking for book apps, over at eBookNewser, we made a list of book apps on sale this week.

Five Books On Sale For Your Holiday Reading:

1. Claire DeWitt and The City Of The Dead: Powell’s Books has this new thriller from Sara Gran on sale for $16.80. The first in a series, the book chronicles the adventures of a pot-smoking, psychic detective in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Malcolm Gladwell: ‘Does Egypt Need Twitter?’

Over at the New Yorker, author Malcolm Gladwell argued that the popular uprising in Egypt should not be attributed to Twitter, Facebook, or any other Internet-related development.

Here’s more from the post: “People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the Internet came along. Barely anyone in East Germany in the nineteen-eighties had a phone—and they ended up with hundreds of thousands of people in central Leipzig and brought down a regime that we all thought would last another hundred years.”

What do you think?  All week we’ve been writing about how technology helped protesters tell their stories–from tools used to dodge the Internet crackdown to inspiring Twitter dispatches translated from the front lines of the protest.

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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Stieg Larsson Unseats Malcolm Gladwell on Amazon’s Most Highlighted Books of All Time List

griltatoo23.jpgHere at GalleyCat Reviews, we are obsessed with the art of underlining passages in digital books.

After months of domination by William P. Young, Dan Brown, and the Bible, the hardboiled work of Stieg Larsson has finally cracked the top five on Amazon’s Most Highlighted Books of All Time List. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo unseated Malcolm Gladwell, rising to #4 on the list.

This milestone comes on the heels of news that Larsson has joined Amazon’s new “Kindle Million Club”–selling one million books on Amazon’s device. Fans of Larsson have highlighted some fascinating quotes. 171 Kindle users have already underlined this sentence: “He surprised himself with this sudden burst of emotion after almost forty years.”

Back in April, Amazon launched a “Popular Highlights” section that showcases the book passages underlined by Kindle readers–a 21st Century twist on literary quotation. Check out more strangely popular passages from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo below.

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Malcolm Gladwell, William P. Young, & Dan Brown Top “Most Highlighted Passages of All Time” List on Amazon Kindle

kindlebeta.pngAmazon recently launched a “Popular Highlights” feature that showcases the book passages underlined by Kindle readers–a 21st Century twist on literary quotation.

So far, the list has been dominated by bestselling books: The Shack by William P. Young, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Here’s more about the program: “AmazonKindle also introduces a “Popular Highlights” feature that identifies the passages that are most highlighted by the millions of Kindle customers. We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people.”

After the jump, check out the Most Underlined Passage of All Time (at least since Amazon launched the program).

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