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Roger Ebert on Writing & Reading

The great critic and author Roger Ebert died yesterday, leaving behind a bookshelf filled with his writing.

The film critic also wrote a number of essays and posts about the writing life, sharing some valuable advice for all writers. To celebrate his memory, we’ve collected some of our favorite Ebert quotes. Ebert offered this advice for writers:

There is no such thing as waiting for inspiration. The idea of “diagramming” an essay in advance, as we are taught in school, may be useful to students but is foolishness for any practicing writer. The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.

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Roger Ebert Has Died

The great film critic and author Roger Ebert has died.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported the sad news. You can find all of Ebert’s books at this link. Here’s an excerpt from the Sun-Times obituary:

Ebert wrote more books than any TV personality since Steve Allen — 17 in all. Not only collections of reviews, both good and bad, and critiques of great movies, but humorous film term glossaries and even a novel, Behind the Phantom’s Mask, that was serialized in the Sun-Times. He even wrote a book about rice cookers, The Pot and How to Use It, despite the fact that he could no longer eat. In 2011 his autobiography, Life Itself won rave reviews. “This is the best thing Mr. Ebert has ever written,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times.

Christopher Walken Retells The Three Little Pigs

For your mid-July publishing news pleasure, we bring you a video (embedded above) of the brooding actor Christopher Walken retelling the classic children’s story, ‘Three Little Pigs.’

Thanks to Roger Ebert for pointing us to the link from a 1993 episode of the British television series, Saturday Zoo. If you enjoyed his performance, you might want to check out Samuel L. Jackson‘s profane audiobook version of Go the F*** To Sleep.

If you really want to go down a YouTube rabbit hole, check out all the satirical posts entitled “Werner Herzog Reads….” For years, fans have made fake videos of the iconic film director reading children’s books. (Via Reddit)

Julianne Moore, Jim Lehrer & Mindy Kaling to Host Book Expo America Breakfasts

Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, Emmy-nominated comedian Mindy Kaling, and journalist Jim Lehrer will host breakfast events at this year’s Book Expo America.

Moore, author of picture book Freckleface Strawberry, will preside over the children’s writers’ breakfast. Kaling (a writer at The Office)  and Lehrer (author of both fiction and nonfiction) will host two adult writers’ breakfasts.

Here’s more from the press release: “The other speakers who will be joining the hosts for these popular events include Sarah Dessen, Roger Ebert, Anne Enright, Jefferey Eugenides, Charlaine Harris, Kevin Henkes, Diane Keaton, Erik Larson, and Brian Selznick.  In addition, Katherine Paterson, who is the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be saying a few words at the Children’s Breakfast on behalf of the Children’s Book Council.”

Larry Doyle Offers Sobering Advice about Book Promotion & Scriptwriting

larrydoyle.jpgBook promotion is a strange and thankless job online, and one writer shared some frank thoughts about this new work.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was novelist and scriptwriter Larry Doyle. Doyle (that’s his Facebook picture) introduced his new novel, Go, Mutants!–talking about his book trailer campaign, screenwriting, and gave some online promotion advice for writers.

Doyle had wondered about the usefulness of online promotion: “I can’t tell if it is translating into sales or not. I do know that on my last book, I Love You, Beth Cooper, it was MySpace. We were supposed to be all over that. I invited literally thousands of people to readings–and I do mean thousands. Of that, I only detected two people. One of them came up to me after the reading and said she’d love to buy the book but she was too poor. So I ended up buying the book for her. So that’s a net loss on my Internet marketing.”

He added: “The trick now is everybody is throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. I don’t even know that any of this works. But you do it anyway–to the point where, I saw Roger Ebert in an airport lobby and I went up and gave him a copy of the book. Why not?”

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Roger Ebert Seals Book Deal with Grand Central

rebert.jpgFilm critic Roger Ebert has sold his memoir to Grand Central. Publication is set for 2011.

Grand Central editor Mitch Hoffman bought the book. Ebert (pictured, via) is the author of a number of titles, including Awake in the Dark. Inspired by Esquire and Deadspin‘s moving tributes to Ebert, GalleyCat Reviews recently collected some book criticism from Ebert.

Here’s more from the NY Times: “The as-yet-untitled book will cover his relationship with his friend and fellow ‘At the Movies’ co-host, Gene Siskel, as well as his struggle with thyroid cancer.”

The Book Reviews of Roger Ebert

rogerebert23.pngIn addition to his work as a film critic, Roger Ebert is also the author of a number of books, including Awake in the Dark.

Inspired by Esquire and Deadspin‘s moving tributes to Ebert, GalleyCat Reviews collected some bookish material from the great critic. Do you have a favorite literary essay from Ebert? Add your links in the comments section…

Here, the great critic remembers reading Jonathan Swift‘s famous essay, “A Modest Proposal,” for the first time: “I remember Miss Seward at Urbana High School, telling us to read it in class and note the exact word at which Swift’s actual purpose became clear. None of us had ever heard of it, and she didn’t use a giveaway word like “satire.” Yet not a single person in the class concluded that Swift was seriously proposing that the starving Irish eat their babies. We all got it.”

In a touching essay about his messy, well-loved library, Ebert celebrated the critically rejected novel, By Love Possessed by James Could Cozzens: “It and the other books on the list have been rendered obsolete, so that his essay is cruelly dated. But I remember reading the novel late into the night when I was 14, stirring restlessly with the desire to be possessed by love. I cannot throw out these books. Some are protected because I have personally turned all their pages and read every word; they’re like little shrines to my past hours.” More examples after the jump…

Want more reviews? Follow this link to download the February 2010 print edition of GalleyCat Reviews–one month worth of criticism and literary links.

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