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Ernest Hemingway Photo Wins Paris Review Photoshop Contest

Jack Around has won the beach towel Photoshop contest at The Paris Review. The image embedded on the side showcases “Ernest Hemingway,” the winning photograph.

The winner edited six photos for the contest. The pictures feature highly prolific writers such as George Orwell, Sir Salman Rushdie and Vladimir Nabokov.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The entries were truly staggering in their creativity and execution … Like I said, this wasn’t easy—but we were not going to argue with a man pointing a gun at us.”

Granta Searching for The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists

Granta em português has just launched the search for “The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists.” The Portuguese edition of Granta is published in Brazil by Alfaguara, an imprint within Objetiva Publishing House.

Here’s more from the release: “To qualify, the writers must be under under forty and must have at least one published work or a contract to publish a novel. To apply, candidates must submit an unpublished short story or an extract of an unpublished novel. Non-fiction essays or poetry will not be considered. Submissions will be accepted from 10 July 2011 to 30 September 2011.”

The Brazilian judges include Objetiva’s publishing director Isa Pessôa, Alfaguara publisher Marcelo Ferroni, comparative literature professor Samuel Titan, literature professor Italo Moriconi, author Cristovão Tezza and writer Manuel Da Costa Pinto. The final judge will be selected by the publishers of Brazilian and British Granta.

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Salman Rushdie Writing Science Fiction TV Script for Showtime

Novelist Salman Rushdie has turned to television, writing a script for a science fiction series on Showtime.

A pilot for The Next People has been ordered, and Rushdie (pictured, via) will script and executive produce. According to The Guardian‘s headline for an interview about the show, the novelist thinks “TV drama series have taken the place of novels.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “In the movies the writer is just the servant, the employee. In television, the 60-minute series, The Wire and Mad Men and so on, the writer is the primary creative artist … You have control in the way that you never have in the cinema. The Sopranos was David Chase, West Wing was Aaron Sorkin.”

Salman Rushdie to Pick 10 Books for Standard Hotel

How about replacing the chocolate mint on your hotel pillow with a good book?

According to the New York Post, Midnight’s Children author Salman Rushdie (pictured, via) will be selecting ten American classics to be featured in the guest rooms at New York City’s Standard Hotel.

The titles, provided by Housing Works, will be available inside the rooms during this year’s PEN World Voices Festival from April 25th to May 1st. Which titles should Rushdie pick? (via Publishers Weekly)

Katie Couric on Her First Book: ‘I Don’t Really Consider This My Book’

Random House will release TV news anchor Katie Couric‘s first book on April 12th. The Best Advice I Ever Got will be a collection of essays, commentary, and poems Couric collected from 114 celebrities. She wrote the book’s introduction and introduced each section.

According to The New York Times, Couric’s former Today Show partner Matt Lauer composed an essay, Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet wrote a poem, and Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone provided a tweet. Other contributors included rock star Sheryl Crow, Google executive Eric Schmidt, and novelist Salman Rushdie.

In a telephone interview, Couric explained: “Some [entries] are maybe four or five pages long. Some are maybe two lines … I don’t really consider this my book. It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.” She went on to reveal that the book’s contents discusses topics such as the power of tenacity and finding your passion in work. (via TV Newser)

Jay-Z Scattered, Judy Blume Adapted & Hobbits Cast: Weekend Reading

As we head home for the weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Email GalleyCat to get all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in a daily email newsletter.

You can now RSVP for our eBook Summit Book Pitch Party on November 3rd. Sign up to enjoy the party or submit your book proposal for a chance to win a free ticket to the summit.

Peter Jackson started work on his adaptation of The Hobbit as casting rumors flew. While you wait, watch the English translation of a Finnish Hobbit miniseries embedded above.

In a smart local strategy, Harvard Book Store launched a bicycle delivery program.

Jay-Z scattered pages from his memoir around the world.

We showed you how to type in your own handwriting on your computer.

Salman Rushdie inked a deal for his unfinished memoir.

Judy Blume wrote a script for Tiger Eyes; her son will direct it.

We unveiled two petition to get authors on Dancing with the Stars.

Still want more? Check out our Weekend Reading archives.

Salman Rushdie Inks Deal for Unfinished Memoir

26491_rushdie_salman.gifNovelist Salman Rushdie has sold his unfinished memoir to Random House worldwide. The publisher has acquired “hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book rights for English- German-and Spanish-language editions” of the book about Rushdie’s life, from his years in public school to his years in hiding with a fatwah hanging over his head.

Andrew Wylie from The Wylie Agency negotiated the deal (proving once and for all that problems between the publisher and Wylie’s agency have been resolved). The manuscript should be finished by next year.

Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Will Murphy, his U.S. editor, and I have read many pages from Mr. Rushdie’s first draft, and we are dazzled once again by his prodigious literary gifts and his mesmerizing ability to tell a riveting story, this time of his very own life. We can’t wait to read the completed manuscript and to work with him to bring it to publication.”

Vote For Your Favorite Author to Appear on Dancing with the Stars

dwtsnoauthors.JPGLooking at the comments section for our Should Authors Dance? post, it seemed like plenty of GalleyCat readers want to see their favorite writer appear on Dancing with the Stars. Now it’s time to do something about it.

Reader Michelle Gilstrap suggested Lotus Eaters author Tatjana Soli and proposed: “[Soli] is coming to Los Angeles for a special event on October 16th, I will ask her if she would like to do it. We should start a Facebook page for her, if she says yes. This is how they got Betty White on [Saturday Night Live].”

It’s a great idea. We’ll start by letting our readers pick the best writer to appear on Dancing with the Stars–we’ve collected ten suggestions from GalleyCat readers below.  Go to this Facebook link to vote for your favorite author. We’ll count the votes and build a special Facebook page to advocate for the winning author. The ten suggestions follow below…

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Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie in Conversation

One afternoon after a botched bombing attempt in Times Square, Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie–two writers who have served as lightening rods for intellectual controversy and extremist anger–concluded the PEN World Voices Festival with a conversation about tyranny’s effect on writers.

PEN filmed the event, but you can get a sneak peek at the proceedings in the GalleyCat video embedded above. Hitchens opened the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture by urging Americans not to be stalled by terrorist threats: “Somebody told me this evening that perhaps attendance was down at this event because of an attempted atrocity in Times Square. If that was true, I would both be depressed and I would take it as an opportunity to align what I want to talk about…the contagion of fear.”

The two writers discussed the impact of the Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa–a religious death sentence issued against the novelist in 1989. During a conversation with Hitchens after the lecture, Rushdie reminded the audience that he was still alive while Khomeini had died. “Don’t mess with novelists!” laughed Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie Opens PEN World Voices Festival

PENfest2010.jpg“The [Icelandic] volcano was essentially a fan of literature,” said Salman Rushdie at the official opening of the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival last night. “It relented in time and almost everyone made it to the festival.”

He also pointed to an empty chair beside the podium, a symbol of imprisoned and repressed writers around the globe, like imprisoned Burmese blogger Nay Phone Latt. “The reason why this chair is here is to remind us there are writers who cannot be here–we should remember the absent writer,” Rushdie concluded.

The reading featured writers from around the globe reading in their native languages. Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo read a grim passage about his own kidnapping in Afghanistan. Alberto Ruy-Sanchez read a sexually-charged excerpt from his novel. Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen read from her debut novel Purge in a fierce and urgent pace. “The themes of the novel are quite hard,” she said. “And quite often readers have trouble sleeping.”

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