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PEN American Center to Auction Off Special Annotated Books From 61 Authors

61 authors and 14 artists have made annotations to some of their most beloved works for the First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST) auction. The funds from this venture will benefit the PEN American Center.

The writers added in features to first edition copies of their books such as notes, essays, sketches, photos, and letters to the reader. The artists had a choice of re-making either a monograph or an important art piece.

All of the artwork and annotated books will be put on public display at Christie’s New York starting November 17th. The auction itself will take place on December 2nd.

The New York Times has an exclucisve video starring Robert A. Caro, Paul Auster, and Jane Smiley who talk about the experience of re-reading their own books (embedded above). Click here to watch another video for more details about the auction event.

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High Profile Writers Set to Join Authors United

amazonlogoSeveral high profile writers have agreed to join in Authors United’s fight against Amazon. The new members include Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul, Milan Kundera, and Ursula Le Guin.

The organization aims to convince the online retail conglomerate to end its dispute with Hachette Book Group USA. Last month, Authors United publicly posted a letter addressed to Amazon’s board members asking them to take a stand on this issue.

When asked about her participation in the group, Le Guin submitted this statement to The New York Times: “We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author. Governments use censorship for moral and political ends, justifiable or not. Amazon is using censorship to gain total market control so they can dictate to publishers what they can publish, to authors what they can write, to readers what they can buy. This is more than unjustifiable, it is intolerable.”

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.

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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