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MediaMonday: The Slow Death of the American Author April 8, 2013

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Today in MediaMonday: The Slow Death of the American Author by Author’s Guild president and bestselling author Scott Turow, in the New York Times, April 7, 2013. Excerpt:

“…authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.”

Join us for this discussion at 4pmET in Twitter, using hashtag #litchat.

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MediaMonday: Will Amazon’s Buyout of Goodreads Help or Hinder? April 1, 2013

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MediaMonday for April 1, 2013: Will Amazon’s Buyout of Goodreads Help or Hinder? Source media from Goodreads, March 28, 2013. Excerpt:

We are joining the Amazon family. We truly could not think of a more perfect partner for Goodreads as we both share a love of books and an appreciation for the authors who write them. We also both love to invent products and services that touch millions of people.

Additional media:

Business Week: Amazon Purchase of Goodreads Book-Review Site Irks Authors

Forbes: Three Hidden Benefits of the Amazon Acquisition of Goodreads

Salon: Amazon Buys Goodreads: We’re All Just Data Now

Washington Post: Goodreads? Amazon? Nooooo!

New York Times: Amazon to Buy Social Site Dedicated to Sharing Books

Ann Kingman: My Thoughts on Goodreads in Light of Amazon Purchase

Chatscript of this conversation now available here.

Why is Biographical Fiction So Hot? March 25, 2013

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MediaMonday for March 25, 2013: Why is Biographical Fiction So Hot? Source media by Alexandra Alter from the Wall Street Journal article Zelda’s Moment, March 21, 2013. Author Erika Robuck, whose novel Call Me Zelda, publishes in May, will join the discussion.

Excerpt:

The latest crop of novels about the wives of famous men include works about the wives of Benedict Arnold, Napoleon, Charles Lindbergh, Robert Louis Stevenson and the mountaineer George Mallory.

“It’s that perfect combination of somebody you’re already interested in, but you don’t know as much about them as you think you know,” says Hope Dellon, executive editor of St. Martin’s Press, who edited “Z.”

Biographical fiction (biofic) is fiction featuring historical characters as central protagonists.

MediaMonday: Is Baby Boomer Lit the Next Hot Genre? March 18, 2013

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MediaMonday for March 18, 2013: Is Baby Boomer Lit the Next Hot Genre? Source link by Claude Nougat from Publishing Perspectives, March 14, 2013. Excerpt:

If you have a difficult time imagining what “Baby Boomer Lit” is, think of it as a corollary to young adult literature. It is similar to YA lit in its structure and aims. YA lit was started in the 1970s, sustained by the wave of Boomer readers in their teens, interested in characters with whom they could identify. The rest is history: YA lit became an enormous success and remains one of the strongest and fastest growing categories today.—Claude Nougat

MediaMonday: Male vs Female Writers March 11, 2013

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MediaMonday for March 11, 2013: Why are male writers reviewed and featured more than female writers? Source media from 2013 Vida Count.

“While it would be incredibly easy to begin by lambasting national publications like Harpers, The Paris Review, The New Republic, New York Review Of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic and The Nation for their gross (& indecent) neglect of female writers’ work, I fear the attention we’ve already given them has either motivated their editors to disdain the mirrors we’ve held up to further neglect or encouraged them to actively turn those mirrors into funhouse parodies at costs to women writers as yet untallied. Reason hasn’t worked. The devolution among their ranks screams itself increasingly red in the VIDA comparative charts.” —Amy King for Vida.

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MediaMonday: Professional Jealousy March 4, 2013

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MediaMonday for March 3, 2013: Professional Jealousy. Discussion media drawn from Alexander Nazaryan’s Keith Gessen, Nathaniel Rich: I’m sorry I trashed your novels,” in Salon, March 3, 2013.

Excerpt: “Consequently, the reviews I wrote came to bear a stench of bitterness, none more so than one I wrote for the Village Voice in 2008 in which I took on two debut novelists, Keith Gessen and Nathaniel Rich. After comparing them to James Joyce and Ralph Ellison, I proceed to snidely savage their work. It is true: I did not like their novels.”

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MediaMonday: Proof that Reading Saves Lives February 25, 2013

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MediaMonday for February 25, 2013: Finally, Proof that Reading Saves Lives, source media by Jeva Lange, published February 18, 2013 in The Daily News blog.

MediaMonday: The Revival of Short Stories February 18, 2013

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MediaMonday for February 18, 2013: The Revival of Short Stories. Source media,  “A Good Fit for Today’s Little Screens: Short Stories,” by Leslie Kaufman in the New York Times, Books, February 15, 2013.

Excerpt: Story collections, an often underappreciated literary cousin of novels, are experiencing a resurgence, driven by a proliferation of digital options that offer not only new creative opportunities but exposure and revenue as well.

The Storify archive of this chat is now available from here.

MediaMonday: How Literature Saved My Life February 11, 2013

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MediaMonday for February 11, 2013: How Literature Saved My Life. Source media from Huffington Post, February 4, 2013.

We’ll discuss this title, as well as books or reading experiences that have made a dramatic impact on your life.

MediaMonday for January 7, 2013 January 7, 2013

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MediaMonday for January 7, 2012: Between Authors and Editors, a conversation from the Slate Book Review between author George Saunders and editor Andy Ward. An additional piece featuring George Saunders ran in January 3, 2013 New York Times magazine.