- Writers, listen up: Harper Voyager will be accepting unagented manuscripts from around the world for two weeks in October! Be sure to read all the submission guidelines carefully, and let us know if you’ve been accepted. 🙂 And then, on to NaNoWriMo, of course…
- Awards! Well, more shortlists, rather: click here for the nominees of the Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year and here on Tuesday afternoon for the shortlist for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
- Interviews! The Guardian features a lengthy talk with none other than Salman Rushdie, whose memoir Joseph Anton just arrived in our stores last week (and the price on whose head, sadly, has just been increased). Teju Cole, author of one of our Renate’s favorite books Open City, is their current A Room for London guest. The NY Times has a Q&A with Nate Berkus, interior design guru, on his upcoming book The Things That Matter.
- The inaugural Plymouth International Book Festival kicked off with a -can’t resist the pun- whale of project: Moby Dick, read by 135 actors, prime ministers, artists, and who knows more, over 135 days. Daily audio uploads, fresh artwork, and even movies can be found here.
- If you happen to be a Faulkner fan with a bit of cash to spare, you might want to invest in this limited, 14-color edition of The Sound and the Fury.
- So, where do authors like to read? Late as I generally am to a party, I just discovered this cute little author series on the Huffington Post site.
- Lists! Flavorwire has 10 Underrated Books Everyone Should Read. They also feature A Literary Insult for Every Occasion (quite partial myself to “I misjudged you… You’re not a moron. You’re only a case of arrested development.” by Mr. Hemingway).
- And finally, here’s a slideshow that will melt the cockles of your (born-or-ingeburgerde) Dutch heart: famous authors and their bicycles! Henry Miller’s photo (below) looks like it might have been shot on our coast. Via flavorwire.
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