This all happened a long time ago, in your grandmother’s time, or in her grandfather’s. A long time ago. Back then, we all lived on the edge of the great forest. Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti both remember the horror and fascination with which they read the Grimm Brothers’ “Hansel and Gretel.” The writer and the artist now join forces for a brilliant reimagining of one of humanity’s most enduring tales. Be brave, be bold, and keep your wits about you—Gaiman and Mattotti are welcoming you into the woods.
Ben Sollee and Erin McKeown - Know (SongCraft Presents with Acoustic Café)
Acoustic Cafe’s Rob Reinhart invited five artists to write and record songs with songwriter Ben Arthur and SongCraft Presents at SXSW 2013. Each session was only three hours (additional instrumentation and mixing/mastering happened back in NYC).
Erin McKeown and Ben Sollee were the third session, writing a song with Ben Arthur that was inspired in part by a story told by George Saunders in the New York Times.
You need a book that will grab your attention and mess with your head like Gone Girl. A spirited tale that will make you question the foundations of marriage and whether or not you can ever truly know another person, maybe where a woman literally leaves or goes missing, with an unconventional structure, shifting narrative perspective, slow reveals, insight into the everyday horror of existing as a woman in the world, and hopefully, some suspense. (via 7 Books to Scratch Your Gone Girl Itch — Vulture)
Made y’all a new list of books to read in case you’re itchy.
Great recs! Don’t miss the honorable mentions at the end either!
Played 38 times.
A dynamic, outspoken advocate for the written word, Tumblr’s Rachel Fershleiser works to bring the book industry to the Internet, and to remind the tech industry that books still exist. How Tumblr’s cross-stitching, soup-loving lit fanatics are creating an entirely new community of readers, keys for authors to relax and enjoy social media, and a whooooole lot of book recommendations.
Find more of my conversation with Rachel - including her tips for throwing a kick-ass in-person bookstore event - here!
Dear NYC: Want to Celebrate National Coming Out Day with us??
National Coming Out Day is coming up soon, and Tumblr is hosting a totally badass party on October 6th at Housing Works Bookstore in celebration of This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids! Hear coming-out stories by us (Dannielle & Kristin), Broderick Greer, Liam Lowery, and the lovely Jenny Owen Youngs.
There will be Tumblr swag, books for sale to benefit Housing Works, free drinks while they last for those 21+ (party open to all ages!), and plenty of time to meetup and mingle.
Save the Date: October 6, 2014, 7pm
More information here!
Save the date! Spread the word! Bring your kids! This is going to be so fun!
See you tomorrow?
Brooklyn Historical Society Library
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Secrets large and small hold lives together in books by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Bittersweet), Bobby Byrd (Otherwise, My Life is Ordinary) and Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth). Confusion and deceits among friends, the hidden violence of class power, and simple conversations of daily life raise the questions of whether secrets are dangerous or innocent, and if the truth is liberating or destructive. Short readings and discussion. Moderated by Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr.
This morning I got to have breakfast with Merritt Tierce, a writer I admire immensely. She’s won some awards, been a 5 under 35 honoree, and is beloved by jamiatt, roxanegay, and many more of our favorites, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but WOW, you guys. Just wow.
Her new novel Love Me Back is staggering, breathtaking, almost literally. Everyone’s going to say “unflinching” a lot. Unsentimental. Raw. Give Merritt the Nobel Prize in Smart Women Making Potentially Bad Decisions Without Apologizing to Anyone.
Merritt is also one of my feminist heroes for her work with the Texas Equal Access Fund, ensuring that women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom are for all women, not just those who can afford it. I was a fan of her writing and the TEAfund before I put it all together, and now I’m dazzled.
Congratulations to Merritt and Doubleday on the publication of this fantastic book! Don’t miss it, seriously.
Vulture has the first look at the effing amazing cover of my new book. Read more about the designers and why this cover is perfect here. Comes out June 2015. CANNOT WAIT.
I cannot even handle how gorgeous this is. I want to buy it poster-sized.
On the very day I was so saddened to lose this auction for books and art by Megan Mayhew Bergman, guess what I got in the mail!