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American novelist James Salter dies – BBC News

Saturday, June 20, 2015

James Salter was greatly admired by fellow writers but gained little commercial success American author James Salter, who was often dubbed the “greatest writer you’ve never read,” has died aged 90. Several famous writers were among his fans, including Philip Roth and Joseph Heller, but he never converted critical acclaim into commercial success. A former US fighter pilot, he flew in the Korean War alongside future astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who…

Could the Pope’s Climate Change Statement Be a Bestseller? – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

By Jennifer Maloney CONNECT Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of his weekly general audience at St Peter’s square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican. Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto/Sipa The release Thursday of Pope Francis’s impassioned encyclical on climate change sparked a flurry of press coverage and a question for the U.S. publishing industry: Who will issue it as a book? The 183-page document, which the pontiff addresses to…

‘Poldark’ mines a reliable literary source – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Coming to “Masterpiece Theater” Sunday is a new production of “Poldark,” based on Winston Graham’s novels of love and family, copper mining and class war in late 18th century England. You might want to be there when it arrives if passionate, period British literary melodramas are at all your thing. lRelated TELEVISION On the watch list: ‘Ballers’ and ‘The Brink’ See all related One can’t properly call it a remake,…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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What’s it like to switch between novelist and script writer? Emma Donoghue knows – Mashable

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Writing can be an isolating profession, sitting alone with just your thoughts and your computer. But not every form of storytelling has to happen in a vacuum. With novels, plays, radio and screenplays under her belt, author Emma Donoghue has seen every angle of the writer’s world. Our social book club, MashableReads, sat down with the acclaimed Irish-Canadian author to talk about what it means to be a solo and…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Friday, June 19, 2015

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Could the Pope’s Climate Change Statement Be a Bestseller? – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Friday, June 19, 2015

By Jennifer Maloney CONNECT Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of his weekly general audience at St Peter’s square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican. Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto/Sipa The release Thursday of Pope Francis’s impassioned encyclical on climate change sparked a flurry of press coverage and a question for the U.S. publishing industry: Who will issue it as a book? The 183-page document, which the pontiff addresses to…

ArtsBeat | Book Review Podcast: When I Grow Up – New York Times (blog)

Friday, June 19, 2015

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This Publishing Startup Wants To Crowdfund Books For Indie Bookstores – Fast Company

Friday, June 19, 2015

A fledgling publishing company is offering a new tool to indie bookstores: crowdfunded imprints. Inkshares, a hybrid crowdfunding and publishing house that launched last year, is testing a new project in which independent bookstores are given imprints on its platform. An imprint on Inkshares is called a Collection, and only books that reach a specific pre-order goal get published, sparing bookstores any financial risk. Inkshares vice president of marketing Matt…

‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own – New York Times

Friday, June 19, 2015

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Life Lived: Gesa Valk had passion for literature, music – Elmira Star-Gazette

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gesa and John Valk at Cape Cod, where they vacationed every summer.(Photo: PROVIDED PHOTO) A memorial concert is planned next week for a literary scholar who sang at Lincoln Center and was called every Sunday morning for 30 years by a friend in Germany who was a Holocaust survivor. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira in memory of Gesa M….

Ric Bucher’s NBA Finals Edition Fact or Fiction – Bleacher Report

Friday, June 19, 2015

The NBA Finals have concluded, and the Golden State Warriors finished off their dream season with an NBA title. The Warriors’ small-ball lineup played a large part in the Dubs’ success along with a deep roster. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers, while shorthanded and undermanned, managed two wins in the series without stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Has the Warriors’ small-ball lineup become a trend in the NBA? Do the…

Stephen King revisits psychotic fandom in ‘Finders Keepers’ – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition of Salinger…

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman – review – The Guardian

Friday, June 19, 2015

Worrying, as Francis O’Gorman shows in this refreshingly unconventional history, is a hard activity to pin down. Undoubtedly distressing for those who do it, but rarely classed as a pathology requiring therapy or medication, fretting often intrudes when we are doing other things. It is, as he puts it, a “woodpecker-like tapping away at one’s day from inside the unobservable parts of the mind”. Being mostly secretive, slightly shameful and a…

The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma’s 2015 wide receivers – NewsOK.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction…

Book review: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition of Salinger…

Ric Bucher’s NBA Finals Edition Fact or Fiction – Bleacher Report

Friday, June 19, 2015

The NBA Finals have concluded, and the Golden State Warriors finished off their dream season with an NBA title. The Warriors’ small-ball lineup played a large part in the Dubs’ success along with a deep roster. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers, while shorthanded and undermanned, managed two wins in the series without stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Has the Warriors’ small-ball lineup become a trend in the NBA? Do the…

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman – review – The Guardian

Friday, June 19, 2015

Worrying, as Francis O’Gorman shows in this refreshingly unconventional history, is a hard activity to pin down. Undoubtedly distressing for those who do it, but rarely classed as a pathology requiring therapy or medication, fretting often intrudes when we are doing other things. It is, as he puts it, a “woodpecker-like tapping away at one’s day from inside the unobservable parts of the mind”. Being mostly secretive, slightly shameful and a…