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Salman Rushdie Novel & 6-Course Meal for $95

Gilt City NY is offering a $95 deal featuring a signed copy of a Salman Rushdie book and a six-course gourmet dinner.

The meal will be held at Vermillion, a high end New York City restaurant which specializes in Indian-Latin fusion cuisine. Chef Maneet Chauhan will create a unique menu inspired by Rushdie’s work as well as the the popular bazaars in Bombay. Once purchased, the deal must be redeemed by January 31, 2012.

Here’s more about the deal: “The menu includes gourmet spins on Indian street food like Bombay Frankie chicken kebabs, crispy juhu ki pani puri, and hearty tawa sabzi pao. There’s also creamy corn khatkhate soup, succulent malvani quail in a coconut masala and rose-and-pistachio kulfi with falooda for dessert. Guests of the feast will take home a signed copy of one of Rushdie’s most acclaimed novels, either Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses or Luka and the Fire of Life.” What novel would you pick? (Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan)

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Former Teacher Raising Money for Graphic Novel on Kickstarter

Former high school teacher Vivian Liddell hopes to raise $7,000 on Kickstarter. The funding will help her complete her fictional graphic novel project entitled Dumptruck Baby: The Education of a NYC Teacher.

It will tell the story of a highly-stressed new mother embarking on a career as a New York City public school teacher. Liddell will offer several rewards for supporters including original artwork, hand silkscreened totes, and PDF copies of the finished book. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the graphic novel–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Students, teachers, and administration alike are all examined within the context of their school, but with a nod to the bigger issues at play, such as public policy and lingering racial segregation. The novel takes a humorous look at serious problems, and unravels some of the complicated factors that come into play when a school labeled as “failing” has so much heart.”

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Curbside Haiku Safety Signs Posted in NYC

The New York City Department of Transportation has posted 216 “Curbside Haiku” signs around New York City.

Here’s more from The Gothamist: “[Each haiku expresses] a different safety message by focusing on one transportation mode. For example, our favorite one spreads this message: ‘Cyclist writes screenplay / Plot features bike lane drama / How pedestrian.’”

Follow this link to see all the locations where the signs can be found. Poet John Morse wrote the haikus, creating 12 different poems for the signs. The project was funded by Driving-While-Intoxicated (DWI) fines.

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Real Magic School Bus Coming to New York City

Have you ever wished you could ride the Magic School Bus? To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular children’s book series, a real “Magic School Bus” will hit New York City on October 20th.

A group of second graders from the United Nations International School will ride the bus along with host “Scuba Sam,” series writer Joanna Cole, series illustrator Bruce Degen, Ms. Frizzle and marine biologist Dr. Merryl Kafka.

Here’s more from the release: “Scholastic’s ‘The Magic School Bus,’ popularized in the internationally successful children’s books and television series, makes a special trip down the Hudson River to celebrate its 25th Anniversary next week. The full-size school bus makes a stop at Manhattan’s Pier 84 before a victory lap on the river to Liberty Island and back.”

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Rick Riordan Hosts New York City Toga Party

Tomorrow children’s writer Rick Riordan will release the latest title in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune. Hyperion has ordered an initial printing of three million copies. In anticipation of the book, Riordan (pictured) and Disney Publishing hosted a pre-publication party.

Despite the rainy weather, New York City fans dressed up for the party in Greeley Square. The event included giveaway toga costume gear, posters, book marks and trading cards. The event featured a Q&A with Riordan , a signing session, a reading by actors playing Olympian Gods, trivia questions and a costume contest.

After the event, the novelist shared some writing advice and his views on standardized testing. Read the interview below…

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The Moth Expands to Louisville, Pittsburgh & Ann Arbor

The Moth StorySLAM Storytelling Series has expanded to Louisville, Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor.

See all the October events here. Although the series already regularly hosts events in Chicago, the organizers will also double the series’ presence in that city. The storytelling slam already runs in New York City, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Here’s more from the release: “Kicking off on September 27th, the monthly Louisville StorySLAM will take place at Headliners Music Hall on the last Tuesday of every month. Pittsburgh’s StorySLAMs will commence on October 11th and will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at Club Café. Ann Arbor’s StorySLAM series will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at Circus. Chicago’s existing StorySLAM series will be expanded with a new installment every third Monday of the month at the Haymaker Pub & Brewery.”

‘The Carries Diaries’ Series Confirmed

The rumors about a Sex and the City prequel have been confirmed: CW will adapt Candace Bushnell‘s The Carrie Diaries. The original HBO series’ writer Amy B. Harris has signed up to work on the project.

Past articles reported that producer Michael Patrick King, lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker and co-star Kristin Davis have protested about the project. Judging by the fan reaction on the Twittersphere, there are many skeptics. Who do you want to play young Carrie Bradshaw?

Here’s more from the article: “The first book in Bushnell’s origin story was published last year and, like Sex and the City, is told from Carrie’s point of view. It follows the aspiring writer through her relationship with Sebastian Kydd and rivalry with popular girl Donna LaDonna. The second novel in the series, Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Book, was published in April and revolves around Carrie’s first trip to New York. Both books have been big sellers, with Bushnell signing on this summer to pen two additional installments.”

Operation bookLUCK Seeks Used Books for ‘Virtual Book Drop Extravaganza’

Tonight at Scratcher in New York City, Operation bookLUCK will host a happy hour and stockpile used books for a mystery project.

Here’s more about the event: “[We will] collect used books for operation bookLUCK, a viral book drop extravaganza that will make waves all across New York City … Bring books you’re no longer reading – hardcover, paperback, erudite, or silly – and receive $1 off your first drink.”

The New York City fourth annual Lit Crawl event will take place on September 10th. The itinerary includes twenty-one bars throughout the East Village and Lower East Side neighborhoods. San Francisco and Austin readers can join other Lit Crawls in October.

Gothamist To Pay $5,000 for Long-Form Nonfiction Piece

The Gothamist, a popular New York City blog, seeks to publish long-form nonfiction essays.

Here are more details from the announcement: “We will pay one journalist $5,000 to write a long-form non-fiction piece in the 5,000 to 15,000 word range. Subject: Something relevant to our audience of over one million 20-36 year-old readers in New York, timely but with a shelf-life longer than a week.”

After the editing and production process, the piece will be made available as an eBook priced betwen $1 and $3. Interested parties should submit a standard pitch letter before the July 1st deadline. The first piece will be chosen by July 8th and the site hopes to publish at the end of the month.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Trailer Released

Fox has released the official trailer for the film adaptation of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Above, we’ve embedded the full-length trailer.

What do you think? As we previously noted, the film stars Jim Carrey and is directed by Mark Waters. It will hit theaters on June 17th.

Some parts of the film were shot inside New York City’s historic Flatiron Building, home to several Macmillan offices.  (via Shelf Awareness)

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