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Authors Guild Calls Amazon eBook Offer in Hachette Dispute “Highly Disingenuous”

authors_guildWhile Amazon’s latest offer in its ongoing dispute with the Hachette Book Group may look like they are trying to be more friendly towards authors, the Authors Guild isn’t buying it.

Essentially on Tuesday, Amazon told Hachette that they would restock their author’s books if the publishers promised to give the authors 100 percent of the revenues on eBooks sold until the dispute between the companies is resolved.

Richard Russo, novelist and co-Vice President of the Authors Guild, published an open letter to Amazon responding to the offer and calling the offer “highly disingenuous.” Read more

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84 Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Bookstores

What’s your favorite bookstore? My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop comes out on November 13th, sharing recommendations from 84 writers.

Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, it features bookstores around the country, including The Strand (New York, NY), Powell`s (Portland, OR) and Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA). Publishing industry consultant Ronald Rice and “Booksellers Across America” edited the book.

Contributors ranged from John Grisham to Chuck Palahniuk to bookstore owner Ann Patchett. The book also contains illustrations by Leif Parsons, an introduction by Richard Russo and an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel.

You can find all these bookshops and more in our Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter list.

SMU Provost Lays Out Future of SMU Press

smulogo.jpgFollowing a wave of public support (including tributes from novelists Ann Beattie and Richard Russo) the Southern Methodist University provost said that SMU Press operations would halt on May 31–but offered hope that the university may “recreate the press” in a new incarnation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the university’s provost Paul W. Ludden wrote an open letter about the press, offering a measure of hope about the future. Dallas News noted that SMU Press survives on a yearly budget of about $400,000–usually publishing around 10 books each year.

Here is an excerpt from the letter: “As a result of our initial decision to suspend operations, we have received many comments and offers of assistance to recreate the press in a positive, forward-looking manner … If the university is to have a press going forward, it needs to be a model for academic presses of the future within this digital age.”

Richard Russo Review Draws Fire

russonovel.jpgNewsweek writer Jennie Yabroff raised literary eyebrows yesterday, reviewing Richard Russo‘s new novel, “That Old Cape Magic,” and asking readers: “Is Author Richard Russo A Misogynist?

Here’s an excerpt from the essay: “The flip side of veneration is resentment, and Russo’s books simmer with hostility toward women in general … The way Russo tells it, women are bitches, bovine, and dumb (but shrewd); like witches, and their familiars, cats, they have magical powers to summon misfortune on any man who crosses them.”

A number of literary types responded passionately and Twitter overflowed with defenses of Russo. Over at The Book Studio, Bethanne Patrick responded with a long, thoughtful essay: “Where [Yabroff] sees foils, I see detailed portraits of women whose lives have been forever changed and sometimes ruined by the actions of men…” Reviewer and blogger Edward Champion posted a letter to the editors of Newsweek.

Publishing Leaders Ponder Epic Fall Lists

9781594202247L.jpgWith big novels from Audrey Niffenegger, Thomas Pynchon, Richard Russo, A. S. Byatt, and many, many more big-name writers, the fall 2009 release schedule reads like a contemporary literature syllabus from 2019.

In a short essay, the NY Observer ponders the pros and cons of building this magical list in the middle of a deep, dark recession. If you want to find out more about upcoming titles, GalleyCat interviewed a number of writers about their favorite upcoming books, including a chat with Salman Rushdie.

Here’s a choice quote from Sterling Lord Literistic agent Ira Silverberg, from the article: “All these books are coming out in three months, and there’s overlap in their core audiences. Also, these are hardcover books– at 25 to 30 dollars! That’s tough.”

BEA Writing Advice from Richard Russo and John Irving

irvingrusso.JPGA massive crowd gathered around a BEA stage this morning for a headline event that featured novelists John Irving and Richard Russo in conversation with journalist Charles McGrath. GalleyCat covered the panel, following a reader request.

The two novelists focused primarily on writing craft, explaining how they conceived their books. Irving said his upcoming novel “Last Night in Twisted River” was inspired by Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue,” and explained his method: “I always begin with last sentence and work myself backwards to what the first sentence should be.” Russo said he chooses characters carefully: “I don’t want to spend four or five years in the company of bores. I surround myself with characters I care about.”

Both writers explored early influences. Irving explained: “As a young writer in his 20s, I felt like a dinosaur. It was Dickens, Hardy, and Melville that made me want to be a writer. You can’t worry about being on the right or wrong side of taste. Russo concurred: “In grad school, everybody was reading the meta-fiction writers…but it wasn’t what I wanted to be good at…It was hard to find my voice. I latched on to Richard Yates like a lifeline.”

Pat Conroy Bows Out of BEA

conroy.jpgNovelist Pat Conroy announced today that he will miss his two BEA appearances this year.

According to Publishers Lunch, the author of “The Prince of Tides” recently had surgery and had to cancel. Publishers Weekly reports that Mary Karr and Richard Russo will replace the author in his two scheduled events.

The Lunch article included this statement from his agent, Marly Rusoff: “Conroy communicates that he is recovering from surgery, and ‘otherwise he would be at BEA, which he has always loved attending. He especially regrets being unable to sign with his daughter, Melissa Conroy, who has her first book out, in which he is a character.’”