SH*T ROUGH DRAFTS Launch Party!!!

New York City. Tumblr and Chronicle Books invite you to the release party for the Shit Rough Drafts book!  

Featuring stories of shitty drafts by:

Ben Jurney (The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency)

Melinda Taub (Author of Still Star-Crossed, contributor to The Onion News Network and Billy on the Street)

Andy Ross (The Onion News Network, MAD Magazine, host of Real Characters)

Bob Powers (Author of Happy Cruelty Day, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, host of Steamboat)

And MC Tim Manley (author of Alice in Tumblr-land)

April 24th at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn


Meet a grandma named Bruce, an occasional Godzilla, and Whitney Houston’s bodyguard/lover. Tom Cho’s Look Who’s Morphing was published to acclaim in Australia and shortlisted for multiple literary awards—including the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book—and has been studied at universities in Canada, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Japan. It is finally being released in the U.S. Eugene Lim will join him on stage to read from his book The Strangers, an experimental novel on twins, relationships, and film, which author Lydia Davis called “so precise and accurate to real life that it is (fantastically) convincing.”

(via Asian American Writers’ Workshop - Twins and Pop Stars)

I wish I could go to this but I have stupid dumb theater tickets. Maybe you want to go instead and tell me about it?

Is oversight like “thing you neglected to think of” and oversight like “people in charge making sure things are done right” the same word?
Like, maybe if you’d had more oversight you wouldn’t have made that oversight?

Today at Sara Benincasa's GREAT reading, heyjenray and I learned that Corpus Librising is best left to the professionals.

  1. Camera: iPhone 5s
  2. Aperture: f/2.2
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm

"I’m gonna get two copies." "Don’t you already have one?" "So?"

Sara Benincasa reads from GREAT at Books of Wonder!

That thing where Riverhead Books sends you a rad tote and wine and their hottest summer reads and you’ve already read them all!

The best parts of this thing are
A) Feeling really supercool
B) Giving the books out to people in your office like smart-lady-author Santa Claus



Everyone loves a good scandal. And in Great a contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsbyauthor and award winning comedian SARA BENINCASA delivers the story of  a teenage girl who becomes entangled in the romance and drama of a lavish East Hampton social circle and is implicated in a scandal that shakes the posh summer community. With secrets, deception, and conspiracies abound Great will take teen readers to a world of luxury and decadence where nothing is truly what it seems to be from the outside. Beginning at 5pm, SARA BENINCASA will present her new novel, answer questions from fans, and sign copies of her new book! Light refreshments will be served. Ages 12-16. Wednesday, April 16th, 5-7pm.


Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Who wants to come with me and take pictures of each other holding this beautiful lady over our faces?


In need of a Monday pick-me-up? Take 10 minutes and watch Rachel Fershleiser’s TEDx talk, “Why I heart the Bookternet" and I guarantee you’ll be full of optimism and sunshine. 

1. That dress, those tights.

2. How can I achieve this level of public speaking excellence? 


Aw thanks! Please, Pollyanna out with me on the great stuff authors, bookstores, and publishers are doing to embrace internet communities.