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Katie Couric, Anna Quindlen, Tim Federle, & Ari Shavit Get Booked

anna coverHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Writer Tim Federle will celebrate the launch of his new middle grade novel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, at Books of Wonder. Join in on Monday, January 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

Manti Te’o & Samoan Hoaxes

Author and Indiana University communication and culture assistant professor Ilana Gershon wrote a fascinating essay looking at the Manti Te’o hoax through her fieldwork with Samoan migrants.

Gershon wrote The Break-Up 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media, and spent many hours studying stories passed between Samoan migrants. She found some fascinating roots to the hoax about the football player’s imaginary girlfriend. Check it out:

Reading Jeremy Schaap’s interview with Manti Te’o on ESPN, what strikes me as particularly Samoan about this story? Manti Te’o opens with a very familiar Samoan worry – it is not his own shame he is concerned about, he is worried about the shame this will bring to his whole family, all those who share his last name … So much of this news story is hauntingly familiar to me from fieldwork with Samoan migrants: the role of family, the half-hearted attempts to verify a person’s identity that fail, the strong spiritual connection Te’o thought he felt with Kekua, and the hoax itself.

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Poetry & Harper’s Win National Magazine Awards

Last night the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) honored both Poetry and Harper’s with National Magazine Awards.

Poetry received the General Excellence (Print) category for Literary, Political and Professional Magazines. The April, September, and October issues were singled out in recognition. Harper’s won the Reporting category for Scott Horton‘s “The Guantanamo Suicides.” More literary winners follow below…

Here’s more from the release: “Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile ‘Elephant’ given to each winner, the awards were hosted by Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, and were attended by more than 700 magazine editors and publishers. The sold-out event was highlighted by the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Tom Wolfe by Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone and member of the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.”

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Katie Couric on Her First Book: ‘I Don’t Really Consider This My Book’

Random House will release TV news anchor Katie Couric‘s first book on April 12th. The Best Advice I Ever Got will be a collection of essays, commentary, and poems Couric collected from 114 celebrities. She wrote the book’s introduction and introduced each section.

According to The New York Times, Couric’s former Today Show partner Matt Lauer composed an essay, Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet wrote a poem, and Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone provided a tweet. Other contributors included rock star Sheryl Crow, Google executive Eric Schmidt, and novelist Salman Rushdie.

In a telephone interview, Couric explained: “Some [entries] are maybe four or five pages long. Some are maybe two lines … I don’t really consider this my book. It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.” She went on to reveal that the book’s contents discusses topics such as the power of tenacity and finding your passion in work. (via TV Newser)

Former John McCain Campaign Adviser Releases Political Novel

Former John McCain campaign adviser Nicole Wallace used the frustrations resulting from her work on the McCain-Palin campaign to write her debut novel, Eighteen Acres. The embedded video from Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint shows a scene from the book launch party at SoHo House.

Wallace began writing her novel immediately after Barack Obama‘s win ended the McCain and Sarah Palin‘s campaign. The novel explores the ups and downs faced by the first female president and her two female staff members during a re-election battle.

Here’ s more from Publisher’s Weekly: “The book is ‘partly an emotional response to the election’ admitted Wallace, whose contentious relationship with Sarah Palin was spotlighted in Going Rogue. Yet it is not a retaliation (as fun as that sounds). Wallace instead toyed with the genre of political fiction as a medium for exploring the complexity or ‘indignities’ of woman’s role in politics. Drawing mainly from her six years as a senior aid with the George W. Bush administration, she offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the White House from an ambitious female’s perspective.”
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Katie Couric Interviews Book Clubs about Kathryn Stockett Novel


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This week CBS Evening News with Katie Couric turned the cameras on book clubs during a feature about Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling novel, The Help. Via the magic of Skype video, some avid readers received some nightly news coverage.

In the video above, Couric interviewed members of Jackson, Mississippi book club to find out what they thought about the novel’s “description of the racial boundaries in the segregated South of the 1960s.” In another web feature, anchor Katie Couric helped book club members to directly pose questions to the author.

Couric has hosted a number of literary guests. Among others, she spoke with Mitch Albom about his nonfiction book, Have a Little Faith, interviewed Sapphire about her recently adapted novel, Push.