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Philip Roth Says He Has No Desire to Write Fiction

philiprothAuthor Philip Roth‘s current literary career is limited to receiving awards and attending ceremonies nowadays. The retired writer is perfectly happy with this situation.

In an interview with Cynthia Haven published on The Book Haven, Roth revealed that he spends his time  swimming, watching baseball and nature-spotting. Roth has written a word of fiction since 2009 and doesn’t plan to again. The Guardian has more:

“I have no desire to write fiction,” said the Pulitzer prize-winning literary giant. “I did what I did and it’s done. There’s more to life than writing and publishing fiction. There is another way entirely, amazed as I am to discover it at this late date.”

Instead: “I swim, I follow baseball, look at the scenery, watch a few movies, listen to music, eat well and see friends. In the country I am keen on nature.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:  THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED.

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Danielle Steel Receives the French Legion of Honor

daniellesteelRomance novelist Danielle Steel has received the Légion d’Honneur award from the French government, the highest honor from the country.

The San Francisco Chronicle caught up with the author last week and asked her about the honor. Check it out:

“I’d heard people talk about it, but I wasn’t really paying attention,” Steel admitted with a laugh when we spoke last week. “But I’m totally thrilled because the Chevalier recognizes lifetime achievement, which is really cool.”

Steel joins author Philip Roth, who received the same honor back in October.

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Take a Walk

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched earlier this month as writers around the globe try to write a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our twelfth tip is: Take a Walk. Author Philip Roth used to walk a half mile for each page he wrote and you should too. Getting fresh air will give your eyes a much needed break from the computer screen and it will help rejuvenate your mind. It’s a great way to let your mind wander and think about your characters and your story without getting stumped by a blank screen.

Philip Roth Receives Commander of the Legion of Honor Award

Screen Shot 2013-09-28 at 3.23.52 PMFrench Foreign minister Laurent Fabius presented author Philip Roth with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor, at a formal ceremony at the French Embassy in New York on Friday.

During the ceremony Fabius praised Roth for his contribution to literature and outlined his long relationship with France, including having had his first short story published in The Paris Review.

Fabius praised Roth for his “art of storytelling, your irony and self-depreciation, which is not typically French,” he said. “You have enjoyed immense success in France.”

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Free Philip Roth Audiobook Raises Funds for the Newark Public Library

The great Philip Roth recorded himself reading “In Memory of a Friend, Teacher and Mentor” to raise funds for the Newark Public Library.

Every time a reader downloads the free audiobook version of the eulogy Roth wrote for his former teacher, Audible will donate $1 to the Newark Public Library (up to $25,000). The Paris Review caught up with Roth to find out more, getting his thoughts about his childhood library:

The library was very important to me as a kid. The main Newark Public Library was downtown, and I went to a branch library where I lived, about a mile away. I went often, when I got to be eleven, twelve, thirteen. Then, my first year of college, I went to college there in Newark—Newark-Rutgers, now—and the college didn’t have a library, so the Newark Public Library was our library. I’m very attached to it. And I don’t want it to go under. Not that $25,000 will save it, but it can’t hurt.

Free Books by Philip Roth’s Favorite Authors

The great novelist Philip Roth turned 80 years old today.

To celebrate his birthday, we’ve linked to a long list of free eBooks that inspired his long career as a novelist–follow the links below to download for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other popular reader.

The New Yorker has more details: “Roth told Les inRocks that when he turned seventy-four he reread his favorite authors—Dostoyevsky, Conrad, Turgenev, Hemingway.”

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Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.

The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below).

According to Digital Book World sources, the publishers have invested “about $16 million” in the new venture. Bookish also counted the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers and Perseus Books Group.

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Philip Roth Will Not Write Another Novel

Salon translated a French article about novelist Philip Roth, uncovering a blunt revelation about his writing career: “Nemesis will be my last book.”

Published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nemesis told the story of a 1944 polio epidemic in New Jersey.  HMH’s director of publicity Lori Glazer confirmed the news with Salon. Check it out:

In an interview with a French publication called Les inRocks last month — which does not appear to have been reported in the United States — Roth, 78, said he has not written anything new in the last three years, and that he will not write another novel. “To tell you the truth, I’m done,” Roth told the magazine, in the most definitive statement he has ever made about his future plans. “‘Nemesis’ will be my last book.”

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Book Riot’s Start Here Project on Kickstarter

How do you know where to start reading a new author? The Book Riot team hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for a new book that will help you answer that question. We’ve embedded a video about Start Here above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “[Start Here] tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels. Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.”

Start Here will be available in both print and eBook formats. Book Riot has assembled a team of writers, critics, and bloggers to write the essays. The final book will definitely feature guides to the works of  Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Philip Roth.

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Philip Roth Wins Man Booker International Prize

Philip Roth has won the £60,000 Man Booker International Prize. Angry about the choice, Booker judge Carmen Callil resigned in protest.

It was the fourth time the bi-annual prize has been awarded–previous winners included Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, and Alice Munro. Roth (pictured via Nancy Crampton) had this comment: “One of the particular pleasures I’ve had as a writer is to have my work read internationally despite all the heartaches of translation that that entails. I hope the prize will bring me to the attention of readers around the world who are not familiar with my work. This is a great honour and I’m delighted to receive it.”

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