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St. Mark’s Bookshop Hopes to Raise $50K On Indiegogo

st marksSt. Mark’s Bookshop, a New York City-based independent bookstore, plans to move to a new location within the East Village neighborhood.

To help generate the money for a financial push, the owners have turned to the crowd-funding site indiegogo. According to the indiegogo page, the funds will be used to “build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue.”

Some of the rewards that are up for grabs include signed first edition books by Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, and Paul Auster. The campaign will run until April 26, 2014.

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Catching Fire Soundtrack Includes Patti Smith & Christina Aguilera

The full track listing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack has been released.

The CD features songs by Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Patti Smith, according to Yahoo! Music.

The video embedded above contains a 90-second snippet from Christina Aguilera’s song, “We Remain.” The announcement on the Grammy Award-winning diva’s facebook page has already drawn almost 24,000 “likes.”

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Free eBooks by Virginia Woolf

The great author Virginia Woolf drowned 72 years ago today. To remember her literary legacy, we’ve rounded up four free Woolf books for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader–follow the links below to download. You can find the rest of her books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has collected condolence letters from other authors and linked to Patti Smith‘s tribute to Woolf. Here’s an excerpt from the letters post:

On March 28, 1941, at the gruesome onset of WWII, Virginia Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with rocks, treaded into the River Ouse behind the house in East Sussex where she lived with her husband Leonard, and drowned herself. She had succumbed to a relapse of the all-consuming depression she had narrowly escaped in her youth. Once news of her death broke, an outpour of condolence letters captured the enormous collective grief, mourning at once the deeply personal emptiness left behind by a remarkable woman and a loyal friend, and the severe cultural loss of a brilliant mind and a transcendent artist.

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William Joyce & Patti Smith 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.

Author Charity Shumway will be celebrating her debut novel, Ten Girls to Watch, at the powerHouse Arena. Join her on Tuesday, July 31st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Author Karen Thompson Walker and writer Hannah Trini will headline a discussion event. See them on Wednesday, August 1st at the powerHouse Arena from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Meet one of the creators behind The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce, at a Books of Wonder event. Check it out on Saturday, August 4th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Patti Smith & Neil Young in Conversation at BEA

Rock star and memoirist Patti Smith will host a lunchtime interview Neil Young at BookExpo America on June 6th.

Here’s more about the event, to be held in the Special Events Hall at the Javits Center: “Ms. Smith’s discussion with Mr. Young will focus on his upcoming memoir, Waging Heavy Peace to be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), in fall of 2012.”

Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids. She is working on a film adaptation of the book with Tony Award winning playwright. If you want to prepare, check out this 10-hour long Spotify playlist linking to the music mentioned in Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir.

Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

The Occupy Wall Street library has produced the first Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. The founders seek poetry in all the languages of the world, building a “massive text of dissidence, a testament to the infinite beauty of the human spirit.”

Poet, author and rock star Patti Smith visited the protest site over the weekend, donating ten copies of Just Kids to the library and reading the anthology. The Wall Street Journal even took notice of poetry scene at the park, writing an article about the poetry anthology.

Here’s more about poetry at the protest site: “Every Friday night around 9:30pm poets of all walks of life and ages come in and read/perform their poetry. Folks that have been around the NYC poetry scene for a long time have been saying the poetry assembly is one of the greatest open mic reading series NYC has ever fostered and NYC has a great legacy of poetry. With that validation, I highly suggest you join us. Poetry illuminates the soul of Occupy Wall St. A lot of people are asking, “What are the demands” and the poets voices show just how nuanced the human spirit and impossible a set of demands truly is. This occupation is about transforming consciousness and the poetry community is a major part of that process. So please join us!”

Patti Smith Memoir Playlist on Spotify

In her memoir, Just Kids, rock star Patti Smith tells stories about enough songs and musicians to fill an entire record collection.

Spotify user Beth Miller has created a mind-boggling 10-hour long Spotify playlist linking to the music mentioned in Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir. It’s the perfect way to read the book and prepare for the upcoming film adaptation.

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. Once you have an account, check out our Thomas Pynchon Spotify playlist, our Ann Patchett Spotify playlist and the new Patti Smith Spotify playlist. If you create a Spotify playlist with music from a specific author, be sure to share it with us.

Patti Smith to Collaborate on ‘Just Kids’ Screenplay

National Book Award winning author and rock star Patti Smith will work with Tony Award winning playwright John Logan on an adaptation of her memoir, Just Kids.

Logan has worked on a number of film scripts, including Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, and Rango. The book followed Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, exploring the New York City music and art scene during two tumultuous decades.

Here’s more from the release: “Currently in its thirty-seventh week on the New York Times bestseller list, Just Kids has also been translated into twenty-seven languages. Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock, and for her seminal album Horses. She is presently recording her thirteenth album for a 2012 release. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Five Sale Books For Your Holiday Reading

Are you getting ready for a big July 4th trip and need something to read on the cheap? We’ve put together a list of books that are on sale this week for your holiday reading enjoyment.

The list includes titles for grownups and kids. If you are looking for book apps, over at eBookNewser, we made a list of book apps on sale this week.

Five Books On Sale For Your Holiday Reading:

1. Claire DeWitt and The City Of The Dead: Powell’s Books has this new thriller from Sara Gran on sale for $16.80. The first in a series, the book chronicles the adventures of a pot-smoking, psychic detective in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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Patti Smith to Publish Free Essay Exclusively on Nook

Today Barnes & Noble revealed that National Book Award winner and singer/songwriter Patti Smith will publish an essay exclusively for Nook users. Entitled “The Year of the Book,” readers must visit a Barnes & Noble store with a Nook device to download the essay.

The essay will be available on February 5th, only offered for four weeks. Here’s more about the essay: “In this exclusive essay for Barnes & Noble, Smith writes about the year that changed everything for her as a writer and about the books that got her there.”

The program works through the through the company’s “More in Store” program. Do you think this kind of in-store download program can help preserve the brick-and-mortar bookstore?

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