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Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Sklar’

Join the Love & Heartbreak Story Slam

On February 14th, Smith Magazine will sponsor a Six-Word Memoir Story Love & Heartbreak Slam. So far, readers include: Deb KoganRachel Sklar, Baratunde Thurston, Darin Strauss, Michele Carlo, Sara Barron, and Elizabeth Wurtzel.

You can buy tickets to the reading here. Here’s more about the interactive event: “Everyone will have the chance to share a Six-Word Memoir during the audience participation Six-World Slam. Then we invite you to hang out by the 92YTribeca’s beautiful bar and share more stories and drinks.”

In addition, we are hosting a six-word memoir contest, giving one GalleyCat reader a chance tell the backstory behind their six-word memoir onstage at the New York City reading. Submit your six-word memoir on the GalleyCat Facebook page for a chance to win. Follow this link to read the complete rules and details.

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Lemony Snicket on Your iPhone

fiver.jpgAs we journey through this eventful Tuesday the 13th, here are some more links for your midday reading pleasure…

One blogger explains how she got a HarperCollins author to visit her book club via the community and sponsorship website, Groupable.

Andrew Foster Altschul edits an iPhone and iPod Touch-based anthology of stories by Lemony Snicket, Kau Hart Hemmings, and Joshua Furst.

Novelist Sherman Alexie will join the Upstairs at the Square reading series at the end of the month, mixing it up with musician Kelley McRae.

Rachel Sklar does a Double Take while watching a book trailer.

Party Like a New Yorker Editor

pleasestepbackd.jpgIn his Twitter essay this week, Dan Baum called the New Yorker office atmosphere “vastly strained,” and Susan Orlean objected. As a real life counterpoint, one New Yorker editor’s book party wasn’t a bit strained earlier this week.

GalleyCat Secret Agent Rachel Sklar prowled Ben Greenman‘s book party at Galapagos Art Space. The editor was celebrating the release of “Please Step Back,” and the two-level party was packed with literary types. Greenman even unveiled his theme song, “Please Step Back” by Swamp Dogg.

Here’s more from Rachel Sklar: “Who else was there–Sasha Frere-Jones (on stage w/ him); Jody Rosen (Slate); David Sax (Save The Deli), Alana Newhouse (Nextbook Editor in Chief), Dan Rollman (URDB); Lauren Mechling (“Dream Girl” ); Larry Smith (Six Word Memoirs). Greenman commented: ‘Brooklyn humiliates other cities in terms of how many people are doing good work.’”

Twitter Book: Poetry Edition

30poets30days.jpgTwitter is a busy, crowded place. You can always write one more post pointing out some strange new thing on Twitter. To cope with the crowded Twitter-sphere, GalleyCat (@ronhogan and @jasonboog) will occasionally round-up literary news in an imaginary Twitter Book.

Rachel Sklar (who suggested this new feature) toured a Barnes & Noble, live-twittering her thoughts about the stacks.

Granta posted a poem by Wislawa Szymborska about meeting her teenage self.

Gregory K. launched 30 Poets/30 Days for National Poetry Month, featuring “a previously unpublished poem by a different children’s poet each day of April.”

Let’s All Cry for Authors With Big Book Deals

To be fair, I’m generally sympathetic to the point of view presented by the New York Observer’s Gillian Reagan about why a big book deal can prove to be a curse. In fact, a few drinks in my belly and I’ll start ranting and listing examples of all the mega-auction deals that went nowhere and how careers are better off getting started with healthy, if not outsized, advances. And it’s also important to point out that, say, a six figure advance really translates into less than half when taxes and agency commissions are factored in. And the comments made by Leah McLaren, Nathan Englander, Rachel Sklar and Anna Holmes are generally interesting and entertaining. But then I read the words of 25 year old aspiring writer Brendan Sullivan (left, with Planned TV Arts publicist Peter Horan) and my sympathy kind of goes away:

Writing has ruined my life and cost me many, many girlfriends. I have thrown away several careers and one college degree to spend my time working in bars, D.J.’ing in bars and drinking my rejection letters away. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, and I’ve made many of them since I started…I also abandoned my agent with words harsher than those I’ve saved for lost loves.”

Hmm, maybe some of those “27 jobs” Sullivan’s had since moving from Kenyon College in Ohio will actually, I don’t know, give him real ideas to write about instead of what he learned in school?

Scene @ NBCC Finalists Announcement Party

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When I arrived a few minutes early to Housing Works for the National Book Critics Circle‘s annual bash to announce their award finalists, I figured – like most parties – there would be a few stragglers and the food & drink stations wouldn’t even be fully set up yet. Guess again. Already packed, within ten minutes the bookstore was fully SRO, and it was impossible to move a square inch without bumping into one notable critic after another. Amy Bloom (left, pictured with independent publicist Kimberly Burns and PW’s Charlotte Abbott) was on hand to announce the fiction finalists, which was met with the usual mix of positive responses and grumbling undertone. Francine Duplessis Gray, in announcing the memoir/autobiography category, remarked that this category honored those with a penchant for self-indulgence, while Eliot Weinberger cracked that the criticism category was “the most prestigious for the most contentious.” The greatest round of applause was reserved for Alison Bechdel‘s FUN HOME, one of two books (the other Michael Pollan‘s AN OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA) voted onto the shortlist by the membership.

Among the many, many literati making the scene were Lizzie Skurnick (who’s recently been hired on by New York Magazine), the Complete Review‘s Michael Orthofer, Viking publisher Paul Slovak, Soft Skull‘s Richard Nash, Eat the Press’s Rachel Sklar, Emily Gordon, Poets & WritersDoug Diesenhaus, and former Balakian winner Scott McLemee, on hand to announce Steven G. Kellman as the category’s newest honoree.