Posts Tagged ‘Margaret Atwood’
Looking for a respected author to give you a blurb about your new novel? Don’t ask Margaret Atwood. She no longer writes praise on the jackets of new books, not for living authors anyway.
Melville House made this discovery and got a colorful form letter from the author explaining her policy in a poem. Here is an excerpt (we’ve featured the whole poem after the jump:
I would like to be useful; God knows, as a girl
I was well-taught to help and to share;
But the books and the please for quotes pour through the door
Til the heaps of them drive to despair!
The end of the world has become a popular theme over the last few years, spread by the popularity of vivid stories like The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games. If you want to write a book about our unhappy future, you should study the science and history of mass extinction.
io9 editor and author Annalee Newitz published a nonfiction book about the subject (Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction), giving writers some valuable insight into the different catastrophes that have wiped out life on planet Earth.
We asked Newitz three questions for writers over email, and she responded with a long list of new ideas and reading suggestions for all authors writing about our future on this planet. All her answers follow below…
Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?
Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:
What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!
The Year of the Flood novelist Margaret Atwood and The Liars’ Gospel author Naomi Alderman have teamed up serialize a novel on Wattpad.
Atwood announced via Twitter that the fourth chapter of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home has been released.
The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home stars 15-year-old Okie and her grandmother Clio; each chapter is told from the perspective of one of these two main characters. The Telegraph reported that the writing duo will write 13 installments for this zombie story.
Novelist Margaret Atwood and true-crime writer Joe McGinniss will serialize new work with the digital publisher Byliner.
Part of the new Byliner Serials program, the installments will be sold for $2.99 in variety of digital marketplaces. Follow this link to sample Atwood’s Positron and click here to sample McGinniss’ 15 Gothic Street. Here’s more about the serialized works:
Atwood’s darkly comic serial, Positron, was inspired by the resounding response to her short story, I’m Starved for You, which she originally published under the Byliner Fiction imprint in March. The second episode, Choke Collar, comes out today, continuing the story of husband and wife Stan and Charmaine and life in a near future in which a totalitarian state collides with messy human desire. McGinniss’s 15th Gothic Street serial tells the true story of life in and out of an American courthouse over the course of a tumultuous yet typical year. Imagine Law & Order set in Lake Wobegon, except that here it’s all quite real.
How do you know where to start reading a new author? The Book Riot team hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for a new book that will help you answer that question. We’ve embedded a video about Start Here above–what do you think?
Here’s more about the project: “[Start Here] tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels. Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.”
Start Here will be available in both print and eBook formats. Book Riot has assembled a team of writers, critics, and bloggers to write the essays. The final book will definitely feature guides to the works of Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Philip Roth.
Wattpad, an online literary community based in Canada, has launched a digital poetry award called “The Attys.” One winner will receive $1,000 in prize money. Other prizes include editorial feedback from The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood, tablets and t-shirts.
Poets can enter the contest as a competitor or an enthusiast. Competitors will submit a collection of 10 poems; each piece should be written in a different poetry format (i.e. haiku, sonnet, limerick). Enthusiasts will only be allowed to submit one poem. The deadline is October 31st. Follow this link for more details.
This award was named after Atwood (pictured, via), a Canadian native, who will be one of the judges for this year’s competition. Here’s an excerpt from Atwood’s welcome statement: “Poetry is at the core of each language, and language itself is at the core of our humanity. May you enjoy composing your own poems, and enjoy reading the poems of others! These are very ancient pleasures; by sharing in them, you are sharing in our own deep history.” (via The Guardian)