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Posts Tagged ‘Marjane Satrapi’

Salman Rushdie to Chair PEN World Voices Festival

The lineup for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature has been revealed.  The annual event will be held in New York City from April 30th through May 6th.

Novelist and PEN World Voices chair Salman Rushdie will deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture this year. The festival will feature Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Graydon Carter, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, E.L. Doctorow, Tony Kushner, Herta Müller, Marjane Satrapi, Colson Whitehead and many other writers.

Rushdie had this statement in the release: “In an era of ever-expanding ‘screen-time,’ live/in-person readings, conversations and literary performances have never been more radical or more necessary … These live events break down the invisible walls that separate us into our own solitary computer pods and re-assert the importance of dialogue, activism, and community without borders.”

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet To Be Adapted

A team of directors will adapt The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

Jose Tamez will serve as executive producer for the animated film adaptation. Tamez comes from the production company owned by actress Salma Hayek, Ventanarosa Productions.

Here’s more from Deadline: “The intention is for different directors to helm each chapter, with an interconnecting theme and a musical through-line. Filmmakers expected to participate so far include Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Chris Landreth (Oscar-winning short Ryan), Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog and Your Face) and Kunio Kato (Oscar winning short Tsumiki no ie).”

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Anjali Singh to Join Simon & Schuster as Senior Editor

s&slogo23.jpgNext month former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt editor Anjali Singh will join the Simon & Schuster imprint as a senior editor.

Singh launched her publishing career as a book scout, then joined Vintage Books as an editor in 2002–acquiring titles that included Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Diary of an American Au Pair (Anchor). She joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, working on The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt and Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris. She departed in a series of cuts at the conglomerate publisher.

Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp wrote in a memo: “At S&S, Anjali will be casting a wide net for all kinds of nonfiction and fiction – literary, graphic, and commercial. With her eye for great writing and her passion for original stories, I am certain she will be a great addition to our imprint.”

Marjane Satrapi Testifies about Election in Iran

satrapi.jpgIranian writer Marjane Satrapi delivered a report to the European parliament–purportedly proof that Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi won the recent election with more than 19 million votes.

Adnkronos International reports that Satrapi, the author of the celebrated Persepolis graphic novels, joined an Iranian filmmaker in presenting the document. According to their report, Iranian cleric Mehdi Karroubi earned 13.3 million votes while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad only had 5.49 million votes.

Here’s more from the article: “However, there is no certainty about the legitimacy of the document. ‘Ahmadinejad received only 12 percent of the vote, not 65 percent,’ said Marjane Satrapi, who was the director of Oscar-nominated film Persepolis.” (Link via Joy Press, self-portrait via)

Knopf Names Dobrowolski Assistant Manager, Domestic Rights

Knopf announced yesterday that Thomas Dombrowolski has been named Assistant Manager of its Domestic Rights Division. “Since his arrival two years ago, Thomas has become a key member of the department, demonstrating a keen awareness of the rights marketplace,” said Domestic Rights Director Sean Yule in the announcement. “He has a good sense of what can work as an excerpt and has arranged major serial placement for authors including Daniel Kehlmann, Olaf Olafsson, Marjane Satrapi and Neal Pollack.” Dombrowolski began his publishing career in 2002 as an assistant in the contracts department at Doubleday Broadway, and has also worked at Bantam Dell and HarperCollins.