Posts Tagged ‘Ray Bradbury’
The summer thriller is filled with enough suspense and twists to keep any beach reader happy, but it is also a book about writing. The main characters are avid readers, and they write letters, articles, journals, kid’s books and memoirs. The novel references other books, little Easter eggs nestled in the plot.
We’ve rounded up our five favorite book references in the thriller, building a spoiler-free library for anybody who wishes they could keep reading Gone Girl…
For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, a Presidential salute to Ray Bradbury and Dr. Ruth‘s enthusiastic endorsement of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (embedded above).
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1. Write a Novel This Summer with NaNoWriMo
2. Motivate Yourself with the Write or Die App
3. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook
4. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
5. Lauren Weisberger Inks Deal for The Devil Wears Prada Sequel
6. Explore the Summer Reading Flowchart
7. Barack Obama Salutes Ray Bradbury
8. Dr. Ruth Endorses ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
9. Oprah Winfrey Relaunches Her Book Club with ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed
10. First Green Lantern Alan Scott Relaunched as Gay Man
For many Americans, the news of Ray Bradbury’s death immediately brought to mind images from his work, imprinted in our minds, often from a young age. His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world. But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values. There is no doubt that Ray will continue to inspire many more generations with his writing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Wish you could study writing Ray Bradbury, Penelope Lively or Clive Cussler? SocialTimes introduced us to YouTube EDU, a massive collection of free educational videos from Harvard, Yale, MIT, University of California and other great universities.
Here’s more from SocialTimes: ” YouTube’s education channel, offers videos of courses at top schools around the globe in categories ranging from arts and humanities to education, business and law, mathematics, science, medicine, languages and more.”
We’ve rounded up five useful courses for all the writers, readers and publishing folks in the audience.
Buzzfeed compiled a list of 20 bibliophile fans and their “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos.”
The list features people who have acquired highly elaborate tattoos paying homage to titles such as Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.
Last week, we asked a simple question (inspired by Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations): What books helped you learn how to write?
Responses have poured in ever since we asked, a virtual bookshelf full of writing handbooks by teachers, authors, and bestselling novelists. Be sure to check out the original Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations post, Ten Great Books on Writing.
The complete list of reader-submitted suggestions follows after the jump. If you missed the first round, feel free to add your favorites in the comments. We’ll periodically update the list for readers.
PEN USA, the West Coast arm of the international PEN organization, has announced that Elmore Leonard (pictured) has won their 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. He joins an illustrious crew that includes: Woody Allen, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Betty Friedan.
The awards ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on December 2, and will celebrate a number of other authors. Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize: The fiction award will go to Kim Barnes for “A Country Called Home,” the creative nonfiction will go to Steve Lopez for “The Soloist,” the research nonfiction award will go to Leslie T. Chang for “Factory Girls,” and finally, the screenplay award will go to Dustin Lance Black for “Milk.”
Here’s more from the release: “In a career spanning 60 years, Leonard has published 43 novels and numerous short stories, creating a distinct literary style that has delighted readers and influenced a new generation of writers. Books like Swag, LaBrava, Freaky Deaky, and Tishomingo Blues are not only classics of the crime genre, but some of the best writing of the last half century.”
In a press release issued yesterday, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with XM Radio, announced the launch of The Big Read on XM, a radio series based on the NEA’s national reading program of the same name. The Big Read brings communities together to read and discuss a single book in order to restore reading to the center of American public culture. Building on the literature program’s success, the new series will introduce the Big Read to XM’s more than 8.2 subscribers nationwide. The Big Read on XM premieres September 10 on Sonic Theater (XM Channel 163), the XM radio channel devoted to audio books and contemporary theater. Hosted by Sonic Theater Program Director Josephine Reed, the series’s first installment will feature FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury.
The Big Read on XM will air audio versions of classic novels in 30-minute installments, courtesy of Audible. Other program highlights will include NEA-produced readings, interviews, and commentary about each novel by some of the nation’s most celebrated authors, actors, and public figures. Just a few of the notable names taking part in the Big Read are actors Robert Duvall, Cheech Marin, and Mary Louise Parker, writers Ray Bradbury, Alice Walker, and Tony Hillerman, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.