how you can help Nashville PART DEUX

GUYS!

Bidding has opened at Do the Write Thing for Nashville! There are some awesome awesome awesome items, and this is only Day 1! SO FAR we have: books and more books, a short story critique, query letter critiques (by Hannah Moskowitz who is let me assure you GOOD AT THAT SHIT), some awesome fingerless glove things that I WANT I WILL FIGHT YOU, a character named in an upcoming Bill Cameron book, a 30-minute conversation with Chris Richman, an agent for Upstart Crow, AND OTHER COOL THINGS.

Please go explore and find something you like. Bid lots of money! It’s for a good cause.

POSTSCRIPT: I should just add, for the record, that I am a very sore loser. *glares at interwebs*

Hot People, Hot Books

Hey everyone! I have a new blog project that I’m pretty excited about: Glam Book Shots!

Books are the hottest accessory of this or any season, and it’s time for there to be a dedicated fansite. Never fear, internet—the Glam Crew and I are here to fill that void!

So check it out, spread the word, and send me pictures!

happy weekend!

Thanks to everyone entering to win a signed copy of Suzanne Young’s THE NAUGHTY LIST! If you haven’t already, scroll down to the next post. You have til Thursday.

I’m currently in New York City (in a hotel room that is basically a sauna–wha?), will be off to see Suzanne sooooon! Right now she’s live-tweeting the SCBWI NY conference. Also waiting for my hotel-mate to awaken. Considering throwing pillows at her, but that’s kind of rude, isn’t it?

So. I’ll be NY until Sunday night, having adventures, if anyone needs me.

boston book fest part II

(scroll down about 3 posts for the book giveaway!)

So I kind of adore Orhan Pamuk. He’s last year’s Nobel Literature Prize winner and the author of Snow and Museum of Innocence, among other books, none of which I have read. But I’d heard that he gives good talks, and I like listening to authors talk even when I haven’t read them, so I toddled along.

And—I say this with love, Mr. Pamuk—he is an argumentative, crotchety old bastard. Maybe that’s a little harsh. But he obviously didn’t like his interviewer or the questions he was being asked. The man kept asking about how East meets West in Pamuk’s novels, but Pamuk kept being like, “That’s not the point.” But the guy kept talking about it. And Pamuk finally said, “YES. East meets West in Istanbul in my novels, because I write about Istanbul and that is what I see when I look out the window.

Please note that these quotes are not exact. And speaking of…

During the question-and-answer session a crazy old guy stood up and said (paraphrase): “You’ve been accused of plagiarism in the past. You’ve never responded to this, at least not according to your wikipedia page when I checked it this morning, so do you have any response you want to give now?”

Pamuk (and this is exact): “No I do not. Next question?”

And in a good example of why you should never believe wikipedia, his entry now says this:

A group of writers claim that some parts of Orhan Pamuk’s works are exceedingly influenced by other works that belong to other writers[…] Orhan Pamuk responded to these accusations at the Boston Book Festival saying, “They are not true.”

Dear person who updated the page within the past few hours: THIS IS NOT WHAT HE SAID. Instead, he said what I wrote above, in a way indicating that he thought the question not even worthy of response.

Anyway.

He is absolutely a genius and I loved listening to him talk. I’m going to try to find the lecture series he just did at Harvard, I have heard rumors they’re online.

So overall I was thrilled with the Boston Book Festival.

boston book fest

(Scroll down for book giveaway!)

Hello! Today Gracetopia is blogging at you LIVE from the Boston Book Festival. It’s the first one, which is kind of shocking; you’d think Boston’s Book Fest would be old and established since the city always goes on about how old and historical and established it is. Oh well.

It’s fantastic, even if it is a little grayer and damper and pouring rainier than one might desire. They seem to have gotten a good turnout, though I can’t really judge. The session I went to at 12:30 was overflowing. On a related note, I would like to say that John Hodgman is the shit.

hodgman

The session was in a beautiful old church, and like I said packed to the rafters, and the first thing he says is, “I’ve always wanted my own megachurch!”

He said many other interesting, witty, and even useful things, as well, on writing and on life. He talked about rooting for your writing friends to do well and then wanting to punch them in the gut when they do. He talked about how the internet has changed the concept of being a writer. He talked about hobos. Truly a fabulous show. Tom Perrotta was his interviewer/companion/interlocutor. Also quite funny.

And now I am in the beautiful courtyard of the Boston Public Library, sheltered under some arches and gratefully using their free internet, writing until it’s time for Orhan Pamuk at 5.

Which brings me toooooo…

Writing Update: 10,257 words since Sunday!