October 8, 2013

New Yorkers: Come to ApexArt tonight for the latest installment of Bookforum editor Albert Mobilio’s Double Take—an evening that asks three pairs of authors to “trade takes on a shared experience.” Tonight’s event will have Christopher Sorrentino and Andrew Hultkrans considering Richard Nixon on his centenary, Cathy Park Hong and Nelly Reifler imagining futuristic surveillance, and Mary Jo Bang and Timothy Donnelly reporting on reading Kafka’s Amerika.

A pirated book stall in Peru

A pirated book stall in Peru

A scrappy little lab at Columbia is looking at book piracy. The organization, piracy.lab, grew out of Professor Dennis Tenen’s observation that people in comparative literature departments around the world rely on illegal PDF-sharing sites to download expensive academic books.

Only weeks after announcing the debut of their film initiative, Ohio-based publisher Two Dollar Radio has released trailers for two forthcoming films by two of the indie press’s authors: The Greenbrier Ghost, which was co-written by Scott McClanahan, and The Removals, directed by Grace Krilanovich.

Blue Rider press is getting set to publish a novel by Michael Hastings, the war reporter who was killed in a car crash earlier this year. In addition to writing the Rolling Stone feature that forced the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, Hastings wrote two nonfiction books, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad. His novel, The Last Magazine, “is set at a national magazine in the early 2000s just as the US is approaching war with Iraq. The main protagonist is a young, wet-behind-the-ears intern named Michael M. Hastings who is eager to do anything to get an assignment.” It will be released in 2014.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is going to star as Patrick Bateman in a theatrical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel American Psycho. The play will open at the Almeida theater in London this December. Until then, lest you’ve forgotten the infamous business card monologue from the American Psycho movie, here it is:

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Congratulations to Paris Review poetry editor Robyn Creswell and critic (and Bookforum contributor) Abigail Deutsche on being the winners of the 2013 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.

 

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