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Susan Orlean To Write About Infamous LAPL Fire

Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean inked a deal for The Library Book.

The book will explore the power of libraries and her “quest to solve a crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out in 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying 400,000 books?” If you want to read more about this sad story, the LAPL posted a complete account of the fire.

InkWell Management agent Richard Pine negotiated the deal with Jonathan Karp and Jofie Ferrari-Adler at Simon & Schuster.

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Why Do You Write?

Why do you write? Author Meredith Maran asked 20 great writers that question, collecting their replies in her new collection, Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do

On the Morning Media Menu today, Maran shared writing advice she learned while getting responses from Isabel Allende, David Baldacci, Jennifer Egan, Sebastian Junger and Ann Patchett.

Press play below to listen to the whole interview on SoundCloud. We’ve collected a few quotes from the interview as well…

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Literary Death Match to Shoot TV Pilot

The Literary Death Match reading series will shoot a television pilot on October 9 at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, creating two shows that the popular reading series can pitch to TV networks.

Would you watch the Literary Death Match on television? The organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the pilot on Kickstarter. In exchange for pledges, you can get tickets to the show and digital downloads of the TV pilots. Check it out:

The live show — a double-feature (two, full 40-minute shows) starring top literary, Hollywood and comedy talent — will be filmed by a top cinematographer, then edited into a pair of pitchable TV pilots. The pilot will star  Michael C. Hall (Dexter; Six Feet Under),  Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief; Rin Tin Tin), the musician Moby (Play; Destroyed), comedian/author Jenny Slate (SNL; author of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On), host Todd Zuniga (LDM creator, and a LA Times “Face to Watch” for 2012), author Ben Loory (author of Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day) and many, many more TBA. (Via HuffPost Books)

Mediabistro Launches Online Literary Festival & Writing Workshops

From July 16 through August 1, 2012, Mediabistro will host its first online literary festival and writing workshops.

Author Susan Orlean will open LitFest with a keynote speech about the story behind her new book, Rin Tin Tin. It will be a chance to learn from famous writers, meet editors and agents, and workshop your writing project with an online community of writers over three weeks.

Check it out: “This is an innovative online conference and workshop that bridges the best of conferences and online learning: Keynote speeches by world-class authors, with interactive Q&A sessions. Practical how-to sessions from agents, editors, and writers that show you how to put big ideas into immediate practice. Writing workshops with authors and peers. Get feedback on your writing project. Peer interaction: Make connections with other writers from across the globe and participate in our summer reading group.”

Ask Susan Orlean, Timothy Ferriss, C. J. Lyons or J. A. Konrath a Question While Reading

Amazon has launched a new feature allowing readers to send questions directly to the author while reading a Kindle eBook. The pilot program only works with a dozen authors currently, including Susan Orlean, Timothy Ferriss, C. J. Lyons and J. A. Konrath.

If you want to send one of these authors an in-book question, you’ll need to connect your Twitter account to Amazon and keep your question below 100 characters. Highlight the passage you are reading and type your question using “@author” at the beginning of the phrase. If you have a longer question, visit the particular author’s page and click “Ask a question.”

Lyons has already answered a question about choosing the best eBook cover image: “E-book covers are often viewed at thumbnail size so I recommend keeping them as simple as possible. No more than three elements, if possible. Test them at the smallest size to make sure your name is easily readable and that the cover “pops.” A great example of the difference between print and e-book covers is my book SNAKE SKIN–check out the differences. The trade paperback (a fairly large size) looks gorgeous but is too busy for the e-book, hence two different covers. If you want more info on indy e-pubbing, I have a series of blog posts and resources here.”

Susan Orlean’s Rescue; Andrew Ross Sorkin Adapted; John Edgar Wideman on Lulu

9780670021253L.jpgPublishing stories fell from the sky all day today. Here are a few headlines you may have missed.

First of all, HBO will adapt the bestselling financial meltdown book, Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Here’s more from Deadline Hollywood: “HBO has acquired rights to Too Big to Fail, the bestselling book by New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin. Peter Gould has been hired to write the drama, and Spring Creek’s Paula Weinstein and Jeffrey Levine are executive producers.”

Next, author Susan Orlean helped rescue a chicken. Daily Intel has the scoop on the life and times of Uptown Gerry.

Finally, critically acclaimed author John Edgar Wideman has decided to self-publish his new collection of stories on Lulu.

What do you think? is this the start of a literary migration?

GalleyCatnip: Susan Orlean’s Bookshelf

Here are some publishing odds and ends for your mid-afternoon reading pleasure.

“Bookshelves are kind of a mosaic,” explains journalist and popular Twitter scribe Susan Orlean as she shows off her bookshelf in Stacked Up. “I have a little bit of a system that starts with the absurd and moves towards something a little bit grander.”

Sarah Palin‘s book tour stop brings Oprah Winfrey her highest ratings in two years.

Writing industry watchdog Victoria Strauss compares self-publishing options from West Bow Press and Harlequin Horizons.

What would happen if James Joyce and Jane Austen wrote comic strips?

The NY Times weighs a “conflict of interest question” at the National Book Awards.

Susan Orlean’s Tempest in the Twitter Teapot

Orlean21.jpgAuthor Susan Orlean accidentally ignited a Twitter war yesterday while pondering gender roles and writing on her Twitter feed: “It’s much harder for women writers to immerse themselves in subjects; our focus gets pulled off by home & kid stuff. Guys tune out.”

The Awl speculated: “Ruh roh. I think New Yorker writer Susan Orlean’s Twitter just exploded with lady hate-mail.” Jezebel produced a long, link-filled essay about the comments: “I can think of several successful female nonfiction writers who are married with kids — Anne Fadiman, for instance, and writer/musician Kristin Hersh, who Sicha points out is currently Twittering about watching squirrels. And not having kids — as Nina Shen Rostagi of Double X reminds us — is no perfect recipe for getting work done. Still, women in general and moms in particular get a lot more criticism for saying, ‘go away world, I’m working.’”

After a long day of Twitter debate, Orlean concluded: “I was planning on a quiet almost-Twitter-free day… well, whatever.” (Via Chasing Ray)

Party Like a New Yorker Editor

pleasestepbackd.jpgIn his Twitter essay this week, Dan Baum called the New Yorker office atmosphere “vastly strained,” and Susan Orlean objected. As a real life counterpoint, one New Yorker editor’s book party wasn’t a bit strained earlier this week.

GalleyCat Secret Agent Rachel Sklar prowled Ben Greenman‘s book party at Galapagos Art Space. The editor was celebrating the release of “Please Step Back,” and the two-level party was packed with literary types. Greenman even unveiled his theme song, “Please Step Back” by Swamp Dogg.

Here’s more from Rachel Sklar: “Who else was there–Sasha Frere-Jones (on stage w/ him); Jody Rosen (Slate); David Sax (Save The Deli), Alana Newhouse (Nextbook Editor in Chief), Dan Rollman (URDB); Lauren Mechling (“Dream Girl” ); Larry Smith (Six Word Memoirs). Greenman commented: ‘Brooklyn humiliates other cities in terms of how many people are doing good work.’”

Susan Orlean Counters Dan Baum on Twitter

another_pic.jpgIn the wake of former New Yorker writer Dan Baum‘s Twitter essay about his unhappy time at the New Yorker, staff writer Susan Orlean objected with a short series of Twitter posts about her experience at the weekly magazine.

On her Twitter feed, Orlean wrote: “Contrary to [Baum], I don’t think The New Yorker office is a creepy place, nor is the atmosphere ‘strained.’ He seems WAY off to me.” She also objected to Baum’s description of a silent office environment.

Finally, Orlean hinted at a possible Twitter-essay in response to Baum, a tantalizing prospect for New Yorker readers: “Maybe I should do the un-@danielsbaum about how I got hired at the New Yorker; a counterpoint to his tweets about how he got fired.”

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