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Roberto Bolano Zombie Story Animated by Granta

Granta has released an animated version of an imaginary horror movie mentioned in Roberto Bolano‘s story, “The Colonel’s Son.” The story itself was published in Granta’s Horror issue.

Here’s more about the short: “the narrator recounts a B-grade horror flick he sees on late night TV. A girl gets bitten by a zombie; the boy he loves tries to save her; the father of the boy, in turn, tries to save him. Bloodshed spreads across the city, as one by one witnesses become victims . . . and then killers … Nothingbutamovie.com is an HTML5-based animation inspired by Bolaño’s piece, and has been brought to life by Granta illustrator Owen Freeman and the innovative web designers at Jocabola.”

The designers also worked on Arcade Fire’s interactive music video, “The Wilderness Downtown.” If you want to learn more about HTML5 storytelling tools for writers, check out our Publishing App Expo on December 7-8.

 

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Paris Review Unveils Digital Edition

The Paris Review has unveiled its first digital edition, selling four issues of the literary journal for $30 through Zinio’s digital newsstand.

The summer issue includes stories by Jonathan Lethem, Amie Barrodale, David Gates and Roberto Bolano.

Check it out: “For the first time, readers can buy a digital version of The Paris Reviewfor easy access anytime, anywhere. TPR digital can be read on your iPad, laptop, or mobile device. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s instant gratification!”

The No eBook List: Who Are Your Favorite Authors Lacking Digital Editions?

fav auth no ebook.pngAs some Amazon Kindle readers grow more militant about the availability of digital books, our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser is building a giant list that answers the question: Who are your favorite authors lacking digital editions?

Here’s more from the post: “We want to compile a long, expandable list of great authors who don’t have eBooks available. Let’s tell publishers, agents, and authors that we want their eBooks. Who are your favorite writers–in any genre–whose works aren’t available in eBook form?”

Checking out eBookNewser’s list, we’ve spotted these three major writers who we’d love to see in digital formats: crime novelist Donald Westlake, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, and Chilean novelist Roberto Bolano.

The Part About The Granta Party

Writers from around the world gathered at Idlewild Books in Manhattan last night, toasting the release of Granta 105. As guest mingled among the geographically-shelved books, there was a Roberto Bolaño-themed undercurrent in the literary conversation.

Like any good Bolaño hero, GalleyCat investigated these coincidences, interviewing novelist John Wray, Dallas Morning News Mexico bureau chief Alfredo Corchado, and bookstore owner David Del Vecchio about how “2666″ has influenced their work.

Wray just published his critically-acclaimed “Lowboy,” Corchado is working on a nonfiction book about murder and drugs in Mexico, and Del Vecchio is the owner of Idlewild Books.

One of the Easiest Answers Ever Published

  • “Why, why, why would a company publish a book this good and then practically demand that people not read it?” he asks. “Why not put the heroine on the jacket… [and] “sell this baby a little?” – Stephen King on FIELDWORK by Mischa Berlinski, Entertainment Weekly
  • “[H]ow do you sell someone as strange, original and indisputably non-American as Roberto Bolano in a U.S. market surrounded, as [Susan] Sontag once wrote, by a “wall of indifference to foreign literature” — a market in which…less than .5 percent of the books published are fiction in translation?” – Bob Thompson on THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES by Roberto Bolano, The Washington Post

The answer: You’re FSG! Your name does all the work! Media comes to you, not the other way around! You don’t have to worry about selling oodles and oodles of copies because your name is your brand (something that HarperCollins and Random House would probably kill for, by the way.) You sit in your ivory towers and ruminate on why the general population can’t possibly understand the virtues of poetry and highbrow intelligentsia and make very, very sure to state over and over that, no we couldn’t possibly publish chick lit in any way, shape or form. Can’t anyone understand? Won’t those mainstream media nincompoops get with the program?! You’re FSG! You rule the literary Britannia!