Thursday, April 24, 2014
genrebent:

Great spontaneous spine poetry. @politics_prose

I mean, yes.

genrebent:

Great spontaneous spine poetry. @politics_prose

I mean, yes.

henryholt:

sliceliterary's Evening of Fun and Such was held last night to celebrate World Book Night. Holt’s Sarah Bowlin held it down with the Editors Team, but the Authors Team came away with those adorable, shiny trophies. Better luck next time!

Sooooo…my author is better than your editor. Cool.

The Evening Interviews: Adam Wilson

shitmycatsread:

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In the acknowledgements for his new collection of short stories, What’s Important Is Feeling, Adam Wilson admits that his own father considers him “one weird dude.” This should be taken as a compliment, we think, since while some of the material here made our fur crawl, Wilson is ultimately an expert navigator and explicator of the types of emotional and sexual strangeness you human beings are capable of. We chatted with the author about prose techniques and why no one wants to read about attractive people making each other come.

UNI & CHLOE: First lines are important—they’re the snacks that lure you in. And in terms of first lines you, Adam Wilson, are a veritable high-octane genius-machine. “No one knows who slept with her first”; “My grandfather was an old queen, and when he was dying he would grab me through my pants and try to make it hard”; “I’m done being friends with dreadlocked white guys.” Tell us: What’s the recipe for a perfect opening line? Is an opening line like that the initial catalyst for a great story, or does it come later in the process?

ADAM WILSON: I’m not sure if one recipe is better than others, but looking at the three you’ve quoted, mine seems to involve making an extreme statement and then spending the rest of the story trying to justify it. The main thing, for me, is getting the reader interested. We live in such an ADD culture, that every sentence seems like an opportunity to lose the reader. I try to make a big bang at the beginning in order to say, STOP, read this, it’s not gonna be boring, there’s sex in it! I often read my opening sentence to my own cat, Frida, and if she stops destroying furniture or chasing pieces of paper around my apartment in order to listen then I know I’m on the right track.

This is literally an interview between Adam Wilson and two cats and I love it.

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thefeeling:

The official tally on the white board at work.

Why this isn’t on the Goodreads Jobs page I don’t know.

thefeeling:

The official tally on the white board at work.

Why this isn’t on the Goodreads Jobs page I don’t know.


When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter’s exclusive private school, she’s shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.
Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension.
Her daughter Amelia is dead.
Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text:
Amelia didn’t jump.

Find out what happened to Amelia for just $1.99 in the Kindle store, today only.

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter’s exclusive private school, she’s shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter.

Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension.

Her daughter Amelia is dead.

Despondent over having been caught cheating, Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of impulsive suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. In a state of shock and overcome by grief, Kate tries to come to grips with this life-shattering news. Then she gets an anonymous text:

Amelia didn’t jump.

Find out what happened to Amelia for just $1.99 in the Kindle store, today only.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

harpercollins:

Celebrate Earth Day with a green read—e-books for $3.99 or less

We Need to Talk About Bees.

prairielights:

some of today’s new releases

Solid Harper representation here! Maya’s Notebook and The End of the Point are both excellent and now available in paperback.

newspaperblackout:

I’ve published a brief history of Newspaper Blackout and this site over on Medium. Give it a read!

More than a poem, more than a book.

rivercityreading:

Just a few days until Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Here’s what I’m planning on reading. 

Graphic novels are ideal for readathons. Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man will be a breeze.

rivercityreading:

Just a few days until Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Here’s what I’m planning on reading

Graphic novels are ideal for readathons. Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man will be a breeze.

poiseandpoison:

World Book Night 2014

Eeeee someone is giving away Tales of the City!