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Posts Tagged ‘Margaret Atwood’

Salman Rushdie to Chair PEN World Voices Festival

The lineup for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature has been revealed.  The annual event will be held in New York City from April 30th through May 6th.

Novelist and PEN World Voices chair Salman Rushdie will deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture this year. The festival will feature Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Graydon Carter, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, E.L. Doctorow, Tony Kushner, Herta Müller, Marjane Satrapi, Colson Whitehead and many other writers.

Rushdie had this statement in the release: “In an era of ever-expanding ‘screen-time,’ live/in-person readings, conversations and literary performances have never been more radical or more necessary … These live events break down the invisible walls that separate us into our own solitary computer pods and re-assert the importance of dialogue, activism, and community without borders.”

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Occupy Wall Street Library Catalog Online

As the Occupy Wall Street protest continues, the activists camped out in New York City have built an impressive library. Thanks to Library Thing, you can now explore the library online and watch it grow.

The online catalog grew from 390 books on October 10 to nearly 4,000 library books today. Follow this link to find out how you can donate. We’ve listed ten books from the library below, illustrating the scope of the collection. The Occupy Wall Street librarians also hope to schedule more author visits.

Here’s more from the library blog: “Rather than having scheduled mega-events with activist authors coming to pep talk the whole occupation, I would prefer smaller, impromptu groups and a books-oriented approach to fit with our little niche mission. My idea is to ask authors to come talk about the ‘books that have inspired you’ and then whatever else they want. We can post announcements in advance on a dry erase board and/or make an announcement when someone arrives. Then, whoever happens to be around can come check it out. If it’s only a few people, I see no problem with that. Whatever stimulates conversations, and huge groups don’t allow it so much. I feel this is a good role for our library.”

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Jennifer Weiner Offers Screenwriting Tips

Author Jennifer Weiner introduced her new novel Then Came You at Barnes & Noble Union Square this week . The novel was inspired by the New York Times article, “Her Body, My Baby: My Adventures with a Surrogate Mom.”

Weiner (pictured) explained how she came to be the co-creator and executive producer for the ABC Family television series, State of Georgia. During her time in Hollywood, she worked closely with the show’s writers.

Weiner also hinted at her current projects. Her next book will star a failed Hollywood producer and she is working on a dystopian tale about infertility (a book reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood). Attendees left with signed books and free whoopie pies.

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Jeff Howe Relaunches One Book, One Twitter as 1book140

Jeff Howe has partnered with The Atlantic to relaunch the online book club, One Book, One Twitter

Howe explained in the announcement: “I’d always intended to relaunch One Book, One Twitter … It has a new name—1book140—but what hasn’t changed is the global, participatory nature of the affair: The crowd is still in charge.”

Twitter readers will choose the book to read in the online book club.  You can still vote on the following titles: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead. Reading will commence on June 1st.

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Time Magazine Celebrates 140 Twitter Feeds

Time magazine rounded up a list of 140 Twitter feeds “that are shaping the conversation.”

In the “news feed” category, Portuguese librarian Jose Afonso Furtado was picked for “his unadulterated love for all things books and publishing-related to the Twittersphere.” Eight writers were listed in the “authors” category including Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, and Neil Gaiman.

Two literary-themed feeds made the cut in the “fictional characters” group; Drunk Hulk and Lord Voldemort. In a “Who Do You Follow?” poll, the most readers followed Drunk Hulk and Gaiman. We unmasked Drunk Hulk last year in an interview feature.

Margaret Atwood to Publish New Children’s Book

Margaret Atwood (pictured, via) will publish a new children’s book, Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery. Canada’s McArthur & Company will publish the book this summer.

Dušan Petričić, who has worked with Atwood in the past on Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes and Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda, will illustrate Wandering Wenda. According to the release, the new book incorporates the “alliterative wordplay” featured in Atwood’s other children’s books.

The publisher also shared this news about two past Atwood-Petričić collaborations: “McArthur & Company will re-publish Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes and Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda in paperback, along with audio read by Margaret Atwood and enhanced e-books, in May 2011.” (Via the National Post)

Margaret Atwood Designs Superhero Costumes

Two Margaret Atwood fans received an unexpected gift from the novelist recently: superhero costumes.

It began when nephrologist Dr. Joel Topf (@kidney_boy) tweeted about an Atwood novel to his friend, a writer named Melissa Travis (@Dr. Snit). To thank them for their support, Atwood made an unsolicited offer to design superhero costumes for their Twitter aliases. You can see Atwood’s designs for Dr. Snit and Kidney Boy in the above image.

Topf couldn’t be more pleased and wrote in a personal blog post: “This has been wonderful and exciting. How cool is it to exchange with an author I love and respect. It demonstrates how small the world can be.”

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Margaret Atwood and Jay McInerney Deliver Graduation Speeches

Over at the New Yorker, Book Bench has been collecting 2010 commencement speeches delivered by novelists. They link to the complete speeches, but choose the juiciest quotes in specific categories like “Why Writing Is Like Life” and “Requisite Platitude.”

Read the whole post here, but here is a bit of gloomy advice from Jay McInerney: “the last four years might well be, for some time to come, the high-water mark in your early life.”

And here is a moment of “Humility/Coy Self-Promotion” from the great Margaret Atwood : “For who but a warty person–or, to put it in more romantic terms, one who has visited the shadow side–would have written two fun-filled, joke-packed novels about the almost total annihilation of the human race? I didn’t get any literary awards for those.”

(In lieu of an author photo, we’ve included a video of Atwood’s role in Score: A Hockey Musical)

GalleyCat on Kari Moran’s BookRadio Show: “All About E”

bookradioshow.pngLast weekend, this GalleyCat editor joined radio host Kari Moran once again for her BookRadio Show. Tune in every Sunday at 3 pm PST for our “All About E” segment.

While the show airs on Los Angeles CBS-owned stations KFWB NEWS TALK 980, you can listen to the whole show online. Among the many topics discussed during the hour-long broadcast, we focused on Open Road Media’s work with the digital backlist of novelist William Styron and the future of digital rights. Follow this link to listen.

Last week’s episode featured Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, and Side By Side by Dr. Charles Sophy.

Margaret Atwood Sings for “Score: A Hockey Musical”

Over the weekend, novelist Margaret Atwood blogged about her vocal participation in Score: A Hockey Musical–a Canadian movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado.

To warm us up for the festivities, Salon.com linked to that video embedded above of The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake doling out hockey advice on Canadian television.

Here’s an excerpt from Atwood’s blog: “here are some pictures from the set of Score: A Hockey Musical (yes, I sang, shameless me), due to launch October 22. Now that’s a concept … I didn’t see the part where they dance on skates. We were all in an arena freezing our feet off… including Eddie Shack, Walter Gretzkey, Theo Fleury, Alex Tagliani, Dan Hill, and the star, Noah Reid, and the director, Mike McGowan, and Jody Colero, who got me into it, and a jolly supporting cast of thousands!”

(Video via Juliet Ulman, link via Book Bench)

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