BOUND BY CHANCE: this Saturday from 3-5PM at Ace Hotel New York. Featuring a zine with stories by: Bill Cheng, Myke Cole, Rachel Fershleiser, Roxane Gay, Chelsea Hodson, Edan Lepucki, Thomas Page McBee, Sarah McCarry, Dolan Morgan, Travis J Nichols, Rajesh Parameswaran, Daniel Schoonebeek, and Emma Straub.
More information about the rolling of the multi-sided die here.
I knew I was outclassed in this li’l anthology but I didn’t realize quite how outclassed! These people are amazing! I have eked out 458 words of actual fiction! I’ll be there Saturday at 3 — y’all should come too!
"First of all, I’m not a hand wringer. I don’t angst much. Nor do I have an MFA. In fact, I dropped English Lit after freshman year. But while reading the two books in my matchup I have found myself staring at the ceiling, pondering Large Questions in a most uncharacteristic way." - Geraldine Brooks
The Tournament of Books is live! Already there is much infighting about realistic characters, soccer moms, and of course, Hitler. My decision goes up later this week!
Which of these books did you prefer?
For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!
Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!
How to Enter:
Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!
To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:
1) The title of your humor book
2) A written synopsis of your idea (200 words or less)
3) Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)
Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.
1 Grand Prize:
- Book idea considered for publication
- $300 of Chronicle books
- Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor
- $100 of Chronicle books
- Written critique from Chronicle Books editors
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It’s that time again kids!
With great pleasure we present the cover of our forthcoming book, Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), and with ecstatic joy we announce that the book’s introduction will be written by Cheryl Strayed.
This was a Tumblr before it was a book, and I’ve been a fan since it was a twinkle in its cofounder’s pens and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s all becoming real!
Only one more week to go until we kick off the 10th annual Tournament of Books! Find out which book from the year’s best fiction will be awarded the coveted Rooster.
Want to get involved?
PEN Fellow Deji Olukotun’s Nigerians in Space launches in just five days from WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn! We can’t wait. More info on the launch is here.
If I were not going to be in Seattle, I would be here. Maybe you want to be here? Deji is so rad. Word is so rad. Space is so rad.
My girl Kira’s birthday flowers and birthday lit!
I wish I were an organized enough person to have had a system—or at least a system that was more effective/efficient than my customary one (scribbling notes on many different scraps of paper, then stacking these papers on all available surfaces so that they’ll never be found in time to use). An exception: when I was going through the final draft, I made a basic chart of the plot points and thematic concerns I needed to verify that I had covered in each chapter. But that’s about as organized as I was capable of being. I kept a lot of things in my head (and lost many of them, I’m sure).
When JJ, Lindsey, and I were developing ideas for the book, we talked about the characters, storylines, and one really important plot point in particular. So I had a foundation when it came time to go off and write. After that, though, I pretty much just made up one thing at a time, then tried to figure out if it fit with what was already there. If it did, I’d keep it and move on to making up the next little thing. If it didn’t, I’d cut it and move on to making up the next little thing. Eventually, if you keep making up little things, you’ve made up a big and complex thing. It’s just a matter of how much chaos you can tolerate along the way. [DD]
More on the making of S. Pretty cool!
He’ll be taking over our Ask box next Wednesday, February 19, right before our second book club discussion of his and J.J. Abrams’ metafictional novel. Send in your queries, your confusions, your raves!
Word Bookstores have kidnapped the co-creator of this amazing book:
Ask him about writing an un-E-able book in 2014, or working with J.J. Abrams, or how best to attack your marginalia-and-ephemera-filled copy!