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Posts Tagged ‘Tayari Jones’

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Shortlist Revealed

shortlistThe Center for Fiction has unveiled the annual shortlist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a prize that carries $10,000 for a debut novel. Seven first-time novelists made the list. Judges this year include last year’s winner Margaret Wrinkle, as well as David Gilbert, Tayari Jones and Sigrid Nunez.

All of the short-listed authors will give a reading at the Center for Fiction on December 8th. The winner will be announced the next night at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York. Wrinkle will present the award. All of the runners up will receive a $1,000 prize.

Explore the shortlist after the jump. Read more

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Publishing Your Illustrations and Cartoons

Publishing Your Illustrations and CartoonsStarting December 2, learn how to prepare and submit illustrations for publication! In this course, you'll learn how to pitch your ideas to new publications, approach book publishers with your illustrations, put together a picture book dummy, and start your own illustrated blog. Register now!

Twitter Outage Slows the Literary Internets

Wondering why you are so productive today? Twitter users (including this GalleyCat editor)  reported problems earlier this afternoon. UPDATE: Twitter returned to normal but the event was caused by a “cascaded bug” that disrupted the site.

Twitter issued this statement: “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue. The issue is on-going and engineers are working to resolve it.” To help our readers cope with the outage, we collected some publishing news in 140-character briefs.

At Algonquin Book Club, watch Judy Blume & Tayari Jones talk about books.  (via Book Riot)

In Canada, Random House has decided to merge M&S and Doubleday Canada.

Looking for some fresh writing voices? Explore the writers in our Self-Published Bestsellers List.

Sesame Street will soon be adapted into a film. Did you love Follow That Bird?

The AWP Wrapup

AWPimage.jpgThe Association of Writers and Writing Programs held its annual conference last weekend in Atlanta, and a great many bloggers were out in full force to cover the proceedings. Jeff Vandermeer was seemingly everywhere; Tayari Jones reports her Saturday night reading went “very well”, as did the party she threw; Carolyn Kellogg provides the wrapup of the conference’s star readings from John Barth and Michael Martone; Laurel Synder discovers that the word “shame” incites all manner of reactions; and Gwenda Bond had the last word on fashion:

There are some seriously questionable and seriously bad fashion choices going on in America’s creative writing programs and English departments. I don’t want to hear another word about how people at science fiction conventions dress. Ever. Again. It’d be one thing if people just looked like they were auditioning for the part of Ignatius J. Reilly or Katie Holmes in Wonder Boys, but the fondness of the vest I’ve seen on display is truly frightening.

Yeowch, I suspect, is an understatement…