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Posts Tagged ‘Nell Freudenberger’

Jennifer Weiner, Michael Ian Black & Meghan McCain Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Authors Hugh Sinclair and David Roodman will headline a discussion event on micro-finance. Hear them on Monday, July 9th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The Franklin Park Reading Series will hold its 4th annual “Travels and Journeys” reading. Check it out on Monday, July 9th at Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

A Mothership launch party will be hitting Books of Wonder. Check it out on Tuesday, July 10th starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Mediabistro Course

Memoir Writing

Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

Figment Launches Email Writing Prompts

Figment, the writing community for young adult readers, has launched a digital muse called “Figment Daily Themes.” This free email service provides “carefully crafted writing prompts” five times a week to encourage users to write everyday.

Here’s more from the announcement: “Whether you’re getting back into the practice of writing or already a dedicated daily scribe, these prompts will push you to work on the range of your craft, focusing on character, setting, dialogue, personal essay, verse, and more. (And we’ll feature occasional prompts from some of our favorite professional authors like Lev Grossman, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Dana Goodyear!)”

Figment Daily Themes will run from January 2nd until March 30th. To sign up, enter your contact information in the box at the bottom of the blog announcement.

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Ten Writers Receive $50,000 at 2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards

Last night The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation gave ten writers $50,000 each for the  2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards–celebrating “exceptional talent and promise in early career.” The complete list (and bios) of the authors follows below.

During the ceremony at the Morgan Library & Museum Foundation president Dr. Robert L. Belknap told the winners not to worry about finding blockbuster audiences. “Perhaps they will become incredibly important to a readership that hasn’t even been born yet,” he explained.

Keynote speaker Peter Matthiessen reassured the nominees with tales of his own successes and failures. The great writer shared a rejection note with the recepients: “Dear Peter, James Fenimore Cooper wrote this book 150 years ago, but he wrote it better.” Matthiessen (pictured)  laughed as he recited the note from memory: “Right then, I could have used a Whiting.” Stay tuned for video coverage from the ceremony over the next few days.

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Scene @ Granta Young Novelists Party

grantaparty.jpgTypically, relying on a cameraphone to convey the joie de vivre at Cafe Loup last night after nine of Granta‘s Best Young American Novelists read and spoke about their work at the New School‘s Tishman Auditorium leads to blurry, non-specific photographs like the one to the left. But even if the persons captured are hard to identify (Nell Freudenberger‘s in the center, that’s about all who is recognizable) those who attended both reading and afterparty generally had themselves a good time. I got to the reading on the late side, missing out on readings by Gary Shteyngart (whose oratory skills convinced at least one reader to pick up a copy of ABSURDISTAN), Olga Grushin, Akhil Sharma and Daniel Alarcon – handpicked by Ian Jack and Matt Weiland to read on the alleged grounds that they wrote non-American settings, or were born outside of America, depending on whom was asked (when I asked Jack and Weiland about it, each deferred to the other, which was actually pretty funny.)

The other five – Freudenberger, Jess Row, John Wray, Uzodinma Iweala and Gabe Hudson – didn’t read but took questions from the audience. One that elicited the most amusing answers was the old standby “why do you write?” Because, evidently, that’s all they can do or, as Shteyngart and Wray explained, they had been fired from any other job each tried.

An early beeline to Cafe Loup along with Lizzie Skurnick, Kathy Daneman and Rachel Grady (co-director of JESUS CAMP) meant exchanging greetings with Kate Lee, Elizabeth Spiers and Sloane Crosley, who were having dinner with Whit Stillman. (I also thought I spotted Ian Spiegelman at the far end of the table.)

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