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You may know the lovely and oh-so-generous literary citizen Amanda Bullock as the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Books, but she is also the co-founder and co-organizer of the Moby-Dick Marathon (MDMNYC)! 

This three-day marathon reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, will be held in New York City from November 14th - November 16th (Ishmael super-fans may recognize the 14th as the anniversary of the U.S. publication of the book). In the past, over one hundred and fifty people participated in the event, each reading ten-minute segments of the novel. Three independent bookstores around the city hosted the reading: WORD, Molasses Books, and of course the Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe.

This year, MDMNYC hopes to expand their venue options, hire photographers and web designers, print programs in color, and provide their guests with more spoons for clam chowder! And they’re asking (nicely) for your help.

Show your support for this incredible project by backing their Kickstarter campaign! To make donating even more of a no-brainer, the MDMNYC team has also lined up some unreal-cool incentives for anyone who backs this whale of a project. The entire novel in Litograph poster-form? Yes please.


You can even get a special edition STOCK TIPS: Chowder Zine!

This is what it looks like when you are taking a BookSelfie with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (!!!) and Amber (rightfully) runs over to yell at you because she is your official photographer and what are you doing, and then you crack up and look evil/wolf-like.

Point being, I have heard nothing but enormously wonderful things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.

  1. Camera: Photo Booth

(via Pictures & Photos from Wild (2014) - IMDb)



The Stephen King Money is gone and I am $9.97 over budget for this year.

The royalty check was for $1656.53. I’m told next year’s royalty payment has roughly $1500 in it so let’s call the Stephen King Money amount as $3200. That’s less than the prize money on Chopped, but as a freelance writer and editor, still a nice surprise from an eight-year-old book.

Save for a handful of hardcover and paperback sales, these were all ebook sales. With King’s Joyland now available as an ebook people will buy the novel they are looking for, so I’m going to be sensible and stop spending money for the time being. 

For a Tumblr I made to entertain friends, I am amazed and honored that this entertained so many others. Thanks to everyone who wrote about the site or shared its links. Thanks to Rachel Fershleiser at Tumblr for her support. Thanks to Nate Powell, who provided beautiful and haunting illustrations for my Joyland. Thanks to ECW Press for taking a chance on my first novel. Thanks to my editors at St. Martin’s Press and Doubleday for their enthusiasm. Thanks to BookCourt, Apple Store, Girls Write Now, The Strand, Foxy Salon, and others for helping me spend the money.

Thanks most of all to my accidental co-author, Stephen King, for being so wonderfully supportive and understanding.

HOLD ON HOLD ON DON’T GO YET! Emily’s little Tumblr project made me laugh and think. Probably her next novel will too, and it’s available for pre-order right now! She told me, “with the The Blondes I wanted to write an apocalyptic thriller with women as the focus.” Pretty awesome, right? I hear it’s like a Feminist DeLillo, and I can’t wait! Support a wonderful writer and buy yourself a little present. Use royalty checks from the megabestselling horror-master of your choice.

A Song of Ice and Fire: Entire series recapped in two minutes (SPOILERS)

I totally get it now, you guys!



My father came to the United States from Panama in 1971. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, and then went on to get his master’s in chemical engineering from Northwestern. He was a student who ended up meeting a girl, who changed the course of his life, and he’s been living here ever since. It’s an ordinary story, one that will never end up in a newspaper or the subject of a feature film. But to me, that’s why it’s important.

One of my hopes for The Book of Unknown Americans was that it might tell the stories that people don’t usually hear, either because there’s rarely a chance for immigrants to make their own voices heard in a public way or because people don’t listen. And now, another hope: that you all might share your stories, too, no matter how ordinary they might seem to you. A few sentences, a few paragraphs. It’s up to you. Where did you come from? How long have you been here? What is your life like now? We’ll create a chorus, and in the accumulation of the ordinary, become extraordinary. 

— Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

Tell your stories with Cristina Henriquez and Knopf. And check out the book, obvi!


Moby-Dick Marathon NYC by Amanda Bullock and MDMNYC — Kickstarter

HUGE HUGE EXCITING NEWS! We just launched a kickstarter for MDMNYC! We have some really amazing rewards thanks to our generous and amazing sponsors penguinclassics, outofprintclothing, King Post Productions, spudd64, Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, biancastone, littleneckbk, amyvirginiabuchanan, litographs and more!

Check it out, spread the word, and maybe pledge to help bring the 2014 Moby-Dick Marathon NYC to life. Thank you!

All that and a #STOCK TIPS: Chowder Edition!

Emily Gould’s new novel Friendship is almost here, and I have nail art to prove it!

As you may have noticed, I really love this book. Idiots will try to tell you that it is “just” “chick-lit” or whatever, and one of the many reasons they are idiots is that this book is sort of the opposite of dating-driven narratives. This book is entirely about the inner lives and creative ambitions and life decisions of women. The men are there but they are so peripheral in the face of friendship and identity and figuring out your own choices as to turn invisible by the end of the story. And I love it.

A striking entry in the women-processing-their-shit canon. Enjoy!


Today we’ve got two brilliant writers reading from their awesome new books - Jen Doll with the opening of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, a hilarious and sweet memoir about other people’s weddings; and Catherine Lacey reading an excerpt from her novel, Nobody is Ever Missing, which comes out July 8th. I’ve heard Catherine read from this book a few times, and it’s gorgeous and spooky (in an emotional way; there aren’t any ghosts, at least from the 20-30 pages I’ve heard).

Listen here now, or download from iTunes:

If you’d like to read more—

by Jen:

by Catherine:

About the writers:

Jen Doll is the author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, out now from Riverhead Books. She has written for The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, Cosmopolitan, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Toast, Vice, The Village Voice, and other publications. She has attended dozens of weddings and had pretty much every possible feeling about them. She lives in Brooklyn. Follower her on twitter at @thisisjendoll.

Catherine Lacey’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Paris Review Daily and others. She has received fellowships from NYFA, Columbia University and will be in residence this fall at the OMI International Arts Center this fall. Her debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, will be released in July by FSG and next year from Granta Books in the UK. She is a founding partner of 3B, a worker-owned and operated bed & breakfast in Downtown Brooklyn. On twitter: @_catherinelacey

Hooray! Hooray! It’s Catapult Day!