The art really is in isolating yourself and letting as few things into your head as possible. To only admit those things into your head that come from a direction where no one else ever looks. That is the difficult thing.
I’ll be one of the many bloggers appearing at the Firebrand booth (4077) this weekend! You can view the complete schedule here, but your cheat sheet is as follows:
I will be at the booth on Saturday from 3-4 pm, along with Laura Dawson from The Big Picture and Gwen Dawson from Literary License (ever since I got the schedule I’ve been wondering if they’re related). Everyone’s favorite book club girl, Jennifer Hart, will be at the booth TODAY from 3-4 pm along with Colleen Lindsay, agent extraordinaire.
That’s Koji Suzuki, the author of The Ring, posing with his new novel . . . printed on toilet paper. I have to quote most of the article in its entirety, because I’m afraid I can’t do it justice:
“Suzuki’s new novel, Drop, will be printed on a single roll of toilet paper. Appropriately, the story takes place in a public restroom, and is about an evil spirit that lives in a toilet bowl. The entire novel is approximately three feet long, and can be read in a few minutes.
Traditionally, Japanese bathrooms were located in the furthest and most isolated part of the home. Parents have long told their children legends of ghosts and spirits that reside there, warning them that if they misbehave in the bathroom a hand will reach through the toilet and snatch them into the depths of the murky water beneath.”
So how does anyone in Japan ever get potty-trained?
Rakesh Satyal, author of Blue Boy and editor extraordinaire, will be reading tonight at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Square here in New York City. He’ll also be performing songs from and inspired by the book! Should be quite fun.
The week is almost over, but you still have time to check out Spelunk. It’s the story of the week over at Narrative Magazine, and it’s by our author Charlie Haas. His new novel, The Enthusiast (from which “Spelunk” is taken) goes on sale next week. I’ve read it and I can verify that it is quietly hilarious and charming and that you should read it too.
Check out Charlie on Olive TV as well:
The biographical tidbit about Charlie that I am most obsessed with is that he was the screenwriter for Gremlins 2. Gremlins 2! You can’t beat that.
Ruth Padel was just elected the first female Oxford professor of poetry. Ruth, like our author Emma Darwin, is a descendant of Charles Darwin, looks kind of like Elizabeth Taylor, and promised to promote poetry across the university and work to unite poetry and science. Go Ruth!
We here at Harper Perennial love the short story, and we’re doing everything in our power to keep it alive. If you haven’t already, you should check out Fifty-Two Stories with Cal Morgan, which features a new short story each week (this week’s is Simon Van Booy’s “Tiger, Tiger,” which I absolutely love). Some of our authors—Simon Van Booy, Tony O’Neill, Binnie Kirshenbaum—have also made the following PSAs for the short story:
Just a reminder that tomorrow night at KGB Bar in New York City at 7 pm we’ll be presenting Silk Ties vs Black Eyes, a night of sartorial and pharmacological literary trivia hosted by Simon Van Booy (author of Love Begins in Winter) and Tony O’Neill (author of Down and Out on Murder Mile). It’s part of Lit Crawl, an entire awesome night of literary-related drinking, and you can get the full schedule (which includes a reading by Justin Taylor, a future Harper Perennial author) at that link.
“In October 2009 Spike Jonze’s feature film rendition of Maurice Sendak’s classic story Where The Wild Things Are will hit movie theaters worldwide. The film represents years of work from hundreds of different artists, writers, photographers, musicians, actors, and creators of all degrees. This place has been established to help shed some light on many of the small influences that have converged to make this massive project a reality.”
That’s the intro text to We Love You So, my new favorite blog. Aside from tons of cool Where the Wild Things Are stuff, it spotlights other stuff that fits in with the WTWTA sensibility. Like a list of the top ten rascals in literature and people skateboarding in wolf suits. Kind of like how we try here at the olive reader to point you to tons of cool harper perennial stuff, but also other stuff. I love it.
If you’re in New York City, come out tonight to Barnes & Noble Union Square to hear James Frey read from Bright Shiny Morning! Will he read from the new section supposedly based on his appearance on Oprah? Come find out!
And, as a special added bonus, Tony O’Neill, author of Down and Out on Murder Mile, will be opening for him. Two great authors, one great price (free). You can’t go wrong.
Sebastian Horsley, author of Dandy in the Underworld, everyone’s favorite memoir of sex, drugs, and Savile Row, is back with two new videos! If you like your profound statements (“unhappiness is the distance between your talent and your expectations”) delivered by a man in a top hat, check them out:
Every time I think I know about all the great book review sites, I hear about another one. Just checked out The Critical Flame and was very impressed. I especially enjoyed the review of Last Night in Montreal, which despite being a (mostly) negative review led me to believe that I might enjoy reading the book. To me, that is one of the marks of a great review; there was a definite point of view but I still got enough of a picture of the book to lead me to believe that I might respond differently.
It’s a very dreary Monday morning here in New York City, and the rest of the week promises to be more of the same. But! There is something to look forward to. On Saturday, May 16, there will be an awesome event here in nyc called the Lit Crawl. As their site says, “It’s a bar crawl . . . with literature!”
We’re very excited to be a part of it and to be hosting our own event: Silk Ties vs. Black Eyes: A Night of Sartorial and Pharmacological Literary Trivia with Harper Perennial. Match wits with Tony O’Neill, the lord of the underground lit scene, who writes “like a man with his tongue in a light socket and his toe in a puddle of spilled blood” (Jerry Stahl), and Simon Van Booy, the tweed-clad professor who muses on the classics and authors short stories that are “chillingly beautiful” (LA Times). Test your breadth of literary knowledge with us, from the gritty, dark streets and hellish demons of cult fiction to the tender empathy and time-honored backlog of classical works. Winners get a silk tie (or an amazing prize package!), losers get a black eye. Just kidding. No violence will be inflicted on losers, just a loss of dignity and bragging rights.
Check out these videos from Simon and Tony, and you’ll get a pretty good idea why they’re representing their respective sides: