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Posts Tagged ‘Tracy Chevalier’

Your Name in Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, or Ken Follett’s Book

LiteraryAuctionAuthorsImageJust like Will Ferrell’s character in “Stranger Than Fiction,” you might find “yourself”—or your namesake, your avatar—spinning through a tale told by Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Ken Follett, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self, Alan Hollinghurst, Zadie Smith, Tracy Chevalier, Joanna Trollope, or another of the 17 authors participating in a fundraising event for the UK medical charity Freedom From Torture.

In this Literary Immortality Auction, participating authors have donated a character in a forthcoming work that will be named after auction winners.

Tracy Chevalier, author of the international bestseller The Girl with the Pearl Earring, said:

“I am holding open a place in my new novel for Mrs. (ideally a Mrs.) [your surname], a tough-talking landlady of a boarding house in 1850s Gold Rush-era San Francisco. The first thing she says to the hero is ‘No sick on my stairs. You vomit on my floors, you’re out.’ Is your name up to that?”

According the New York Times, Margaret Atwood is “offering the possibility of appearing either in the novel she is currently writing or in her retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest,’ to be published as a Vintage Books series in 2016.”

Bestselling author Ian McEwan (Atonement) said:

“Forget the promises of the world’s religions. This auction offers the genuine opportunity of an afterlife. More importantly, bidding in the Freedom from Torture auction will help support a crucial and noble cause. The rehabilitation of torture survivors cannot be accomplished without expertise, compassion, time—and your money.”

Freedom from Torture notes on its site: “Seekers of a literary afterlife can place their bids online from 6pm this evening,” so get going.

Click here for your bid for immortality.

The real-time episode of the auction will take place at The Royal Institute of Great Britain in London on November 20th.

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TED Presentations from Writers

Do you need a boost of inspiration for the new year? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks in 2012.

Our list includes The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve EnslerThe Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green, Lunch Lady graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, The Girl with the Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier and Knopf book designer/writer Chip Kidd.

Back in 2010, Best Colleges Online created a list of “12 essential TED talks for writers.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?

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How Art Can Inspire Fiction

Historical fiction writer Tracy Chevalier gave a TED Talk called “Finding the Story Inside the Painting,” exploring three paintings that inspired her writing.

We’ve embedded the video above–what paintings have influenced your writing?

While writing Girl with the Pearl Earring, Chevalier looked at Johannes Vermeer‘s painting and asked these questions : 1. Does the model love the artist? 2. What type of relationship does the model share with the artist? 3. How was the girl chosen to model in the artist’s studio? 4. Considering her plain clothes, how was the model able to attain the pearl earrings she wears? 5. How does the girl’s love for the artist affect the other characters involved?

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Girl with a Pearl Earring Goes Fossil Hunting: GalleyCat Reviews “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier

Reviewed by Clea Simon
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remarkablecreatures.jpgTracy Chevalier may never recapture the commercial success of her 1999 breakthrough, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” but over the subsequent three novels, she’s found her métier. Her new “Remarkable Creatures” dabbles in science, rather than art, and there’ precious little of the sex and romance that gave “Pearl Earring” its kick. But in this new work, based on historical figures in early 19th century England, she has created a vivid and stirring portrait of a friendship–as two women from very different worlds find themselves and each other while hunting fossils.

“Remarkable Creatures” doesn’t start out with a friendship. In fact, both these characters are initially settled on their isolation. A survivor of a lightning strike, working class Mary Anning has always been an oddity to her neighbors in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Part of what sets her apart is her ability to find “curies,” or fossils, along the shore, and after her father dies, it’s these curiosities–sold for a penny a piece–that keep her family from the workhouse. Elizabeth Philpot, the book’s other narrator, arrives in this modest resort destination determined to make her way alone.

As she did somewhat clumsily in her 1997 debut “The Virgin Blue” and much more successfully in 2001′s “Falling Angels,” Chevalier depicts the tenacity of female friendship during difficult times. The two narrators of “Remarkable Creatures” are separated by birth and education, and their relationship begins with all the expected prejudices.

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London Book Fair Preview

Just like last year, GalleyCat will be all over the London Book Fair, even if neither Ron nor I will actually be able to attend in person (oh, to have larger budget purse-strings at our disposal…) But for those who are attending, we welcome and in fact implore you to send in your best news, views, gossip and especially pictures of the action at Earls’ Court from April 16 to 18.

The Independent previews some of the best offerings, including how the LBF is, for the first time, opening itself up to the public with two events featuring Tracy Chevalier, Margaret Atwood and Andrew O’Hagan. “The trade is at the heart of our fair, but we recognised that the public is interested in the book world. For the first time we have teamed up with the Southbank Centre,” said exhibition manager Emma House.