New(s) Editions

New(s) Editions: June 6th, 2014

Read why Stephen Colbert says, “I’m not just mad at Amazon, I’m mad prime:”

http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/06/05/stephen-colbert-vs-amazon/                          

Check out the top books recommended for summer reading by University of Texas professors:

http://www.utexas.edu/know/2014/06/03/58-books-to-love-this-summer-or-anytime/

"A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering." Learn more about the 19th century book that Harvard experts confirm is made of human skin:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/05/us/harvard-book-human-skin/

Harry Ransom Center procures acclaimed writer Ian McEwan’s archive. He will speak at UT this fall:

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/press/releases/2014/imc.html

See why Eimear McBride’s debut novel, though rejected for almost a decade by publishers, recently landed the prestigious Baileys Women Prize:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/05/319045475/book-news-experimental-debut-novel-wins-prestigious-baileys-prize

New(s) Editions: May 6th, 2014

A self portrait by Kurt Vonnegut

A self portrait by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s daughter has helped put together a new book that showcases Vonnegut’s finest drawings and reflections on his art:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2014/may/05/kurt-vonnegut-the-drawings-of-science-fictions-master-artist-in-pictures

The battle over the online use of Marx’s works endures:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/arts/claiming-a-copyright-on-marx-how-uncomradely.html?ref=books&_r=0

Read why libraries are thriving in today’s world of innovation and technology:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frankie-rendon/how-innovation-and-techno_b_5244601.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books

Bob Dylan has said, “I consider myself a poet first and a musician second.” The original draft of “Like a Rolling Stone,” written in pencil on Roger Smith Hotel stationary, will go to auction in June:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-dylans-like-a-rolling-stone-lyrics-going-up-for-auction-20140501

See why Will Self insists that the novel is dead . . . and “this time it’s for real:”

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/02/will-self-novel-dead-literary-fiction?CMP=twt_fd

New(s) Editions: April 5th, 2014

April is National Poetry Month, and the Austin Chronicle can help you celebrate right here in Austin: http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/books/2013-04-01/april-is-national-poetry-month/

If you're also semi-obsessed with author and translator Lydia Davis, check out this article about her mom Hope Hale Davis who wrote for the New Yorker, lived to be 100, and married four times: http://flavorwire.com/449131/exploring-the-life-and-literary-work-of-lydia-davis-mother-hope-hale-davis/

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is embarrassed he hasn't read Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. See what else he told the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/books/review/john-paul-stevens-by-the-book.html?ref=review.

New(s) Editions: March 26th, 2014

Poetry is like coding? Say what? This poetry-writing software engineer explains: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jasmine-tsai/poetry-programming_b_4946204.html

Austin's literary scene could - but won't - be overtaken by . . . Kalamozoo. Read about this literary threat here: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20140325/NEWS/303250003/Kalamazoo-quietly-emerging-literary-hot-spot

Great books of the 21st Century that schoolkids probably won't read but you should: http://www.upworthy.com/there-are-so-many-great-books-here-and-yet-so-many-you-wont-read-in-school?c=fea

Is it possible to buy a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list? Read the answer here: http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/03/how-to-buy-a-top-spot-on-the-new-york-times-bestseller-list/

A gif guide to landing the elusive blurb to promote your book: http://www.buzzfeed.com/isaacfitzgerald/will-you-please-blurb-this-post

New(s) Editions: February 19th, 2014

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Technology and writers mixing . . . it’s happening:

Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood chat through Google-hangout like old friends: bit.ly/1fk6Loo.

There's now a Hemingway App: nyr.kr/1e4zYPO.

Why weren't they fighting about Austin literature? Recently a heated argument about the merits of Russian literature led to a man’s death: bit.ly/1hsuqq0.

Don’t know how to respond to the madness? Don’t know what to do with your life? You are not alone. Neither did Thoreau: bit.ly/1m669Vs.

In the end, drawing foxes can save the day: bit.ly/1m669Vs.

New(s) Editions: November 25th, 2013

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This photo is by _Art, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-license.

Italy creates an American Idol-like reality TV show for aspiring novelists to compete for a book deal. nyti.ms/1cXCvkh

After a lengthy eight-year battle, Google wins lawsuit on the grounds of fair use regarding their book-scanning program. Though controversial due to copyright issues, the program has digitally scanned more than twenty million books for participating libraries and online “snippets.” bit.ly/1cshOYR

Critics and writers weigh in on the best books of 2013. bit.ly/1eof1SF

Underdog James McBride receives the 2013 National Book Award for his novel, The Good Lord Bird. Read who else was nominated. cnn.it/1e2PbDa

Eighty-seven year old Harper Lee sues her hometown museum for profiting unfairly from her literary fame. bit.ly/1dYSlL6

New(s) Editions: And the Award Goes to...

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This photo is by _Art, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-license.

 

You've probably heard that just last week author Alice Munro received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Literature. But have you heard what writer Sheila Heti and others have to say about Munro's recent win? 

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/10/writers-on-alice-munro.html 

Yesterday the Man Booker Prize announced that Eleanor Catton has won the award for her novel, Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest recipient ever:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/16/235257260/book-news-eleanor-catton-is-the-youngest-ever-booker-winner?utm_source&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20131016

This month The Harvill Seck Young Translators’ Prize awarded Lucy Geaves as the 2013 winner for her translation of the Portuguese story, “O Sucesso”:

http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/success

And further, the National Book Award has recently released a list of their finalists. The foundation has also announced that for the first time ever they will be releasing a free eBook series that includes excerpts from the finalists:

http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013.html#.UmFHwxZmSfQ

http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2013_thecontenders.html#.Ul_nuBZmSfT

 

New(s) Editions: September 20th, 2014

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This photo is by Karl Frankowski, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-license.

Who knew Walter White and Walt Whitman had more than the same initials in common? Read about the literary merits of Breaking Bad and the pair’s riveting comparisons here: 

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/article/246218

None of us are sure if Morrissey has an autobiography coming out, but you can read all of the details, or lack of, here:

 http://www.theawl.com/2013/09/the-highly-suspicious-tale-of-morrisseys-autobiography

We can practically hear the gasps, in a decidedly British accent, as The Man Booker prize announces it will now consider works by American writers. You can immerse yourself in all the details here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/shock-as-man-booker-prize-plans-to-consider-works-by-american-writers-8818052.html