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Oyster Now Counts 500k Books in Subscription Collection

oysterperseusOyster, the eBook subscription service that has been referred to as “the Netflix of eBooks,” now has 500,000 eBooks in its lending library.

New titles include: How Music Works by David ByrneFlight Behavior by Barbara KingsolverTelegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonThe Cider House Rules by John Irving and It Chooses You by Miranda July.

This is huge growth for the company’s catalog which counted only about 100,000 titles a few months back. The company raised $14 million in funding back in January and has since been expanding its publisher partnerships. The service launched kids books in February.

The service allows users access to its entire collection of books for a $9.95 a month subscription fee.

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Serious Novels Imagined as Children’s Books on Tumblr

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Imagine Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road, Michael Chabon‘s The Wonder Boys and Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections told through drawings in a children’s book.

Jerry Puryear has done  just this. He has created a Tumblr page called Misguided Paeans, which is dedicated to children’s book adaptations of serious adult novels. ”A poorly advised amalgam of literary fiction and children’s books,” explains Puryear on the website.

The regularly updated  collection is very entertaining and worth checking out.  (Via Slate).

Katherine Boo, Michael Chabon & Amy Tan Join American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel

The American Heritage Dictionary has added a number of writers to its usage panel, including Katherine BooMichael Chabon and Amy Tan. See all the 2012 and 2013 additions to the panel below…

The panel is a collection of about 200 novelists, linguists, editors, journalists, poets, and other wordsmiths who guide ”hundreds of supplementary notes inform the reader about usages that are contentious.” They guide readers with extra context for words like “irregardless“ ”affect“  or “impact.” Here’s more from the release:

Since 1964, five years before the publication of the first edition, the editorial staff has turned to the Usage Panel for feedback and guidance. Because we have collected five decades’ worth of information, we can show the change in opinion over time (as at ). Of course the makeup of the Panel has changed over the years. Only one member from the original panel, William Zinsser, remains. Usually panelists stay on until their deaths. We received James Michener’s final ballot, for example, very soon after his death; the ballot is quite likely one of the last items he worked on. Occasionally, a member will ask to retire. As a result, each year we invite a handful of people to join the ranks of the Usage Panel.

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Free Samples of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

The finalists for the 33rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize have been revealed, and we’ve collected free samples of all their books below–some of the best books released in 2012. Here’s more about the awards:

“The winners of the L.A. Times book prizes will be announced at an awards ceremony April 19, the evening before the L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 20-21. Held on USC’s campus in Bovard Auditorium, the awards are open to the public; tickets will be made available in late March.”

 

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Michael Chabon, Bob Woodward & Ellen Hopkins Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 16, 2012. Reported by independent booksellers around the country, the list gives you a peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon: “When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise.” (September 2012)

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward: “The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the U.S. Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability. It spans the three and a half tumultuous years beginning just before Obama’s inauguration in early 2009 and lasting through the summer of 2012.” (September 2012)

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Despite Michael Chabon Script Work, ‘John Carter’ Flops

Disney’s John Carter has bombed at the box office, a blow for novelist Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist had co-written the script for the film, achieving a 17-year-old dream to make a movie script about Mars.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–did you see the film? The New York Times compared the failure to the most famous movie flop in recent history, Ishtar.

Check it out: “John Carter, which cost an estimated $350 million to make and market, and was directed by Mr. Stanton, took in about $30.6 million at the North American box office, according to Rentrak, which compiles box-office data. That result is so poor that analysts estimate that Disney will be forced to take a quarterly write-down of $100 million to $165 million.”

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Ayelet Waldman Attacks Katie Roiphe on Twitter

In a series of recent tweets, novelist Ayelet Waldman bashed author Katie Roiphe–defending her husband, Michael Chabon, in the Twittersphere.

Here is the complete set of tweets: “I am so BORED with Katie Roiphe’s ‘I like the sexist drunk writers’ bull****. She happily trashes my husband, but guess what b****? … He not only writes rings and rings and rings around you, but the same rings around your drunken literary love objects … Really Roiphe? You seek ‘slightly greater obsession w/ the sublime sentence.’ My husband’s sentences are INFINITELY more sublime than yours.”

She ended the Twitter tirade with this note: “I do not like it when people insult those I love.”

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Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Collaborate on HBO Show

Michael Chabon (pictured, via) and Ayelet Waldman will collaborate on an HBO drama called Hobgoblin.

Here’s more from Variety: “[It is] an offbeat drama project at HBO that revolves around a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.”

The married couple will write the script and act as executive producers together. This endeavor marks the first time the two have worked together as professionals.

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Michael Chabon Named Chairman at the MacDowell Colony

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is the new chairman of the MacDowell Colony’s board of directors.

The nine-time MacDowell Colony fellow had this statement: “MacDowell is a miracle that has come through for me many times over the years. Serving as board chair gives me the opportunity to repay my indebtedness just a tiny bit.”

Chabon (pictured, via Stephanie Rausser) will succeed Robert MacNeil. Chabon will tackle MacDowell’s $13 million Campaign for the Second Century, a project to fortify the Colony’s endowment and fund a new library and media center.

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Michael Chabon Publishes Excerpt from ‘Wrecked’ Novel

In an upcoming edition of McSweeney’s, novelist Michael Chabon will publish the first four chapters of Fountain Citya “wrecked” novel Chabon abandoned in 1992. The booklet-sized paperback is 93 pages long, including author annotations and a poster jacket of a Leon Krier painting.

In the  preface to the paperback (pictured),  Chabon described the 1,500-page manuscript about “a poetically sad young man who apprenticed himself to a visionary, postmodern architect.”   McSweeney’s 36 will be released on December 7th–a 275-cubic-inch box containing writings from debut novelist Adam Levin, actor Jesse Eisenberg, and author Colm Toibin.

We wish more writers would give us a glimpse of abandoned manuscripts. Chabon offered aspiring writers some advice about advances  (which he admitted he didn’t follow). Here’s an excerpt: “Don’t take advances; sell your work only when it is complete. A monetary obligation to one’s publisher places all kinds of undue pressure, both subtle and overt, on the writer, chief among them the aforementioned pressure to persist on a f***ed project well beyond the point of reason.”

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