Click Here: LA Times Book Festival added links to IndieBound to the festival’s website. “It’s good to know that SCIBA members are now considered on the same page, literally, with Amazon,” said executive director Andrea Vuleta. “We want to make sure that consumers have the choice to buy locally.”
#Win: Awards this week: George Saunders won the Folio Prize. National Book Critic Circle announced its winners, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Americanah & Sheri Fink for Five Days at Memorial. The 2013 Book of the Year nominees were also announced.
Back From the Undead: Ann Rice to bring back the vampire Lestat. The latest in the Vampire Chronicles will be named after the nefarious character. Rice explains that Prince Lestat will be “all about Lestat and all about the vampires, and what they are doing right now, how they are coming to terms with everything that’s happened to them, how Lestat is dealing with the demand from all side that he steps forward and becomes some sort of leader of the tribe.”
Apply Within: #AmtrakResidency is finally official. Amtrak has released an official application for writers who wish to take an adventurous train ride and write about their experiences. You can follow this link to go directly to the application.
Of course, a sponsored writing trip isn’t without it’s bumps to smooth out. Writers interested in the program have recently voiced some of their critiques with the application and its terms of agreement, most notably Clause 6, which gives Amtrak, “Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application,” concerning the writing sample that is a part of the form.
Write & Roll: Buzzfeed gave us a look into the life of a Parisian Tumbleweed. Shakespeare & Co, an English-language bookstore located in Paris, has given shelter to a number of wandering writers since the ’50s, whom they named Tumbleweeds. Gertrude Stein, Burroughs, Hemingway, & Ginsberg are just a few of the writers who spent their nights at the bookstore during the beginnings of their careers.
One Day at a Time: Lindsay Lohan snagged a deadl with HarperCollins for a new book. The memoir will chronicle her attempts to remain sober and restart her career.
Remaining Faithful: John Green gives a thumbs up to The Fault in Our Stars movie. Green said, “I loved it. It’s a wonderfully faithful adaptation.”
Adaptation: The trailer for the film version of Half of a Yellow Sun, an adaptation of the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is out today. Adichie was just recently awarded a National Book Critics Circle Award (see above) for her latest, Americanah. It stars Oscar Nominated Actor for Twelve Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor and heavy-hitter Thandie Newton. There’s no US release date has been set yet, but it’ll premiere in the UK on April 11.
Just For Fun: McSweeney’s “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero” story has been adapted into a cartoon by Jesse Benjamin. He’s enlisted the help of voice actor H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Archer) for the animation that uses a retro, video game feel to tell the story.