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Sherman Alexie, Mark Strand & Orhan Pamuk Get Booked

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Sherman Alexie will be speaking about his new collection, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories at Barnes & Noble Union Square. See him on Monday, October 15th starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature Emma Straub, Michael Kimball and more. Hear them on Monday, October 15th at the Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports of “attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.” The list was part of the ALA’s 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report.

Here’s more eBook news from the report: “The rapid growth of ebooks has stimulated increasing demand for them in libraries, but libraries only have limited access to ebooks because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers. Macmillan Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group refused to sell ebooks to libraries. HarperCollins imposed an arbitrary 26 loans per ebook license, and Penguin refused to let libraries lend its new titles altogether. When Random House raised ebook prices, the ALA urged it to reconsider.”

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Chris Van Allsburg on Picture Book Writing

More than 25 years ago, children’s author Chris Van Allsburg published The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of 14 mysterious illustrations.

For The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg teamed up with thirteen fellow writers to create short stories inspired by these drawings. The group of authors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and an introduction by Lemony Snicket.

This powerhouse group of writers has collectively won one Pulitzer Prize, three National Book Awards, five Newbery Medals and several Caldecotts.

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Amazon Donates $5,000 for The Stranger’s Literature Genius Award

Amazon donated a $5,000 to fund The Stranger Genius Foundation‘s annual literature award.

The organization gives Genius Awards every year to five Seattle-based artists working in the fields of literature, theater, film, music, and visual art.

The winners of all five awards will be revealed in August and an awards ceremony will be held in September. Past winners in the literature category include Matt Briggs, Sherman Alexie, and Stacey Levine.

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Sherman Alexie Writes ‘The Facebook Sonnet’

The New Yorker recently published “The Facebook Sonnet” by Sherman Alexie. The poem follows the AB-AB/CD-CD/EF-EF/GG rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet.

Here is a couplet from the piece: “Let’s sign up, sign in, and confess / Here at the altar of loneliness.” What do you think?

In the past, Alexie has published several poetry collections including The Business of Fancydancing (1991) and Dangerous Astronomy (2005). He also wrote the illustrated young-adult title, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007).

Jennifer Hunt Joins Dial Books for Young Readers

Jennifer Hunt has joined Penguin Group (USA)’s Dial Books for Young Readers as vice president of acquisition and development and editor-at-large.

Here’s more from Publisher’s Weekly: “In her new role, she will be responsible for acquiring and developing literary and commercial fiction, from picture books to young adult. In addition to book acquisition, Hunt will liaise with the film/TV/game community on the West Coast.”

Prior to this appointment, Hunt served as editorial director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Some of her authors include Sherman AlexieSherri Winston, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Cressida Cowell.

Laurie Halse Anderson Fights ‘Soft Pornography’ Label

Award-winning novelist Laurie Halse Anderson (pictured with this GalleyCat correspondent at BEA 2010) wrote the controversial young-adult book Speak, where the female protagonist is the victim of rape. A Missouri college professor recently labeled her work as “soft pornography.”

In response to professor Wesley Scroggins’ claims, Anderson wrote a personal blog entry: “The fact that he sees rape as sexually exciting (pornographic) is disturbing, if not horrifying. It gets worse, if that’s possible, when he goes on to completely mischaracterize the book. Some people say that I shouldn’t make a big deal about this. That I am giving him more attention than he deserves. But this guy lives about an hour and half from the school district that banned Sherman Alexie‘s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian this month. My fear is that good-hearted people in Scroggins’ community will read his piece and believe what he says. And then they will complain to the school board. And then the book will be pulled and then all those kids who might have found truth and support in the book will be denied that.”

Hours after Scroggins’ pronouncement, the Twitter hashtag #speakloudly was born. The Internet community united in this tweeted conversation.

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Christopher Hitchens Replaces Sherman Alexie at PEN World Voices Festival

Yesterday the PEN World Voices Festival announced that journalist, essayist and author Christopher Hitchens will deliver the fifth annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture–replacing Sherman Alexie at the last minute.

Here’s more about the event: “Mr. Hitchens will speak on ‘Crucibles: Past and Present’ followed by a conversation with PEN World Voices Festival Chair, Salman Rushdie. Mr. Hitchens replaces Sherman Alexie who was previously scheduled.”

GalleyCat will be there, covering the lecture tomorrow evening. If you want a taste of Hitchen’s intense oration style, check out that controversial clip embedded above from a televised Intelligence Squared debate. Caution: this clip contains strong opinions about organized religion.

Sherman Alexie Wins 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

wardances.pngPicked from among 350 novels and short story collections, Sherman Alexie‘s War Dances has won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

The award was judged by Rilla Askew, Kyoko Mori, and Al Young, analyzing books from more than 90 publishing houses, small presses, and academic presses.

Judge Young had this statement about the book: “War Dances taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse: parenthood, divorce, broken links, sex, gender and racial conflict, substance abuse, medical neglect, 9/11, Official Narrative vs. What Really Happened, settler religion vs. native spirituality; marketing, shopping, and war, war, war. All the heartbreaking ways we don’t live now–this is the caring, eye-opening beauty of this rollicking, bittersweet gem of a book.”

PEN World Voices Festival Lineup Revealed

Today the PEN American Center unveiled the schedule for the sixth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature–a New York City-based festival with 150 writers from 40 countries. In the video above, you can see PEN American Center executive director Steven L. Isenberg introducing the festival at Instituto Cervantes this sunny afternoon.

For the first time, the event will also feature a traveling show, as World Voices Festival participants will head to events around the country, from San Francisco to Washington DC. Running from April 26 until May 2, the New York City festival will feature a Natalie Merchant, an adaptation panel featuring Barry Gifford and Richard Price performance, and an interview with filmaker and novelist Melvin Van Peebles.

The festival concludes with a Sherman Alexie lecture on “The artistic, political and economic responsibilities of writers in the digital age.” It should be an interesting speech, based on the outspoken novelist’s past comments on Amazon and the digital future.

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