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Posts Tagged ‘William Gibson’

Tamara Shopsin, William Gibson & Book Drop Bash Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

New York Times illustrator Tamara Shopsin and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman will headline a conversation event tonight. See them at the Strand on Monday, April 15th at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Books of Wonder is hosting a “Girls Get Real” panel featuring four young-adult authors. Hear them on Tuesday, April 16th at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Twitter Recommendations Rocket Backlist Book Into Amazon Top 250

In November, Twitter recommendations from Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) and William Gibson (@GreatDismal) sent a reprinted version of a six-year-old book rocketing up the Amazon UK charts.

eBookNewser has more: “Twitter can have a lot of power when it comes to reviving an old book. Author Sarah Salway learned this when her book  which was originally published in 2004, was republished by the Friday Project this past November. After catching the eyes of some influential Twitter users, this buried book managed to make its way up the Kindle charts.”

What do you think–could Twitter recommendations revive an author’s backlist? Our sibling blog also reminded authors to check out our best book reviewers on Twitter directory to interact with other influential Twitter readers.

William Gibson Narrates Book Trailer for Zero History

In the book trailer embedded above, novelist William Gibson reads a passage from his upcoming novel, Zero History. The book arrives on September 7th, finishing a series of novels that includes Pattern Recognition and Spook Country.

Instead of reenactments, the trailer mixes imagery and text from the book–what do you think?

Here’s more from io9: “this new book trailer will make you want to get to reading it right now. When he tweeted about the trailer last night, Gibson joked that “some geezer” is reading the lines from his novel in this trailer. Yes, that would be Gibson himself.”

Jon Stewart to Introduce Condoleezza Rice at BookExpo America

9780446691864_154X233.jpgBookExpo America (BEA) has today announced that Jon Stewart will make an encore BookExpo America performance–serving as master of ceremonies at the Author Breakfast on Thursday, May 27. In a crazy political pairing, the host of The Daily Show will introduce memoirist and politician Condoleezza Rice.

According to the Grand Central webpage, the host’s book The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book) will be published in September. Stewart first hosted the BEA breakfast in 2004. Among other big guests at the two-day fair are: Cory Doctorow, William Gibson, John Grisham, Sara Gruen, Christopher Hitchens, Patton Oswalt, and Mary Roach.

Event Director Steven Rosato had this statement: “We are incredibly fortunate to have these authors assembled at our show and I know that will be a great draw for BEA and will ensure that these events will sell out. Above all, I am thankful to the publishers who support us, and who bring their authors to BEA so that we might all enjoy meeting them, and hearing what they have to say. It’s a very unique and special opportunity for anyone who is part of the book industry and who attends BEA.”

The complete release is embedded below.

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Gibson To Take Second Life Plunge

With SPOOK COUNTRY due for publication next month, William Gibson‘s UK publishers are trying new marketing devices to get the book noticed. And one of them, according to the Penguin Books blog, is to bring Gibson to Second Life – a world he could have easily predicted in books like NEUROMANCER.

Over the next few weeks, reports Penguin Digital publisher Jeremy Ettlinghausen, Penguin is planning a range of William Gibson activities in Second Life: screening his “fine and strange movie” No Maps for These Territories; a competition to design an avatar for the man himself; giving away shipping containers packed with Gibson goodies and at the beginning of August, Gibson himself will be coming into Second Life to read from SPOOK COUNTRY and answer questions. “It was quite a thrill to give William Gibson himself a short tour of Second Life at the end of last year,” Ettlinghausen remarked to UK SF Book News. “And while I am not sure what he expected, I don’t think he expected that his avatar would be publicly mocked for its lack of aesthetic qualities.”