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Digital Anthology Raises Money for Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund

A group of authors have teamed up for the Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema digital anthology, a book of essays raising money for the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund.

The authors (listed below) will write essays on how movies have influenced their work. Follow this link to read an essay from the collection. Cynthia Hawkins will edit the anthology and Simon Smithson of Calavera Books will publish it on December 1st.

Here’s more about the fundraiser: “[Proceeds] will go to the Joplin Eagles Television 14 Program through the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund. The JET 14 Program instructs 160 students each school year in the fundamentals of film production and broadcasting. During the F-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, 54% of Joplin’s students lived in the path of the tornado, eight schools including the city’s high school were destroyed or significantly damaged, and one teacher and seven students were killed.”

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Free Samples of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

prizegiller.jpgSix writers joined the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist this morning, running for this year’s $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency).

Follow the links below (via Globe Books) to read free samples from the six books shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

David Bezmozgis for The Free World
Lynn Coady for The Antagonist
Patrick deWitt for The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan for Half-Blood Blues
Zsuzsi Gartner for Better Living through Plastic Explosives
Michael Ondaatje for The Cat’s Table

Man Booker Shortlist Revealed

Canadian born novelist (who lives in Oregon) Patrick deWitt has joined the Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist with his novel, The Sisters Brothers. We interviewed deWitt about his work back in 2009.

The shortlist includes first-time novelists Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller and four of the novels were published by independent publishers. The winner will be announced on October 18th. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the longlisted novelists.

Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending
Carol Birch for Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt for The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues
Stephen Kelman for Pigeon English
A D Miller for Snowdrops

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