Cave Canem is a non-profit center located in Brooklyn, NY that commits itself to supporting and encouraging black poets and literary writers. According to NBF’s website, the Literarian Award is given to “an individual for outstanding service to the American literary community, whose life and work exemplify the goals of the National Book Foundation to expand the audience for literature and to enhance the cultural value of literature in America.” This will be the first time this award was given to an organization and not an individual person.
The NBF is a non-profit organization that made it their mission to bring more attention and appreciation to great literary writers, poets, and works in America. The National Book Award Ceremony is something the NBF describes as being for books what the Oscars are for movies. The ceremony will be held on November 16 in New York, New York.
When reading a book did you ever wish there was a soundtrack you can listen to as you read? Well Hachette is making it happen. They partnered with Bookrack, a technology platform offering customizable soundtracks and sound effects for e-books, to supply movie-like soundtracks for its popular e-books for teens. This is a great example of publisher embracing change and taking a risk.
This week HarperCollins Publishers announced they are launching a daily Facebook Live program. The program is being led by our 2016-17 David J. Pecker Distinguished Professor, Lisa Sharkey. The Wall Street Journal reported the news and the article features Sharkey explaining the goals of the new program. Read the article here.
Each day of the week will have a different theme. For more details on the themes and the overall program take a look at HarperCollin’s press release here. The current line-up of authors also includes: Rumaan Alam, Bobby Bones, Jessie Burton, Rachel Felder, Dorothea Benton Frank, Melissa Fay Greene, Michael Harvey, Betsy Lerner, Peggy Orenstein, Rob Sheffield and Simon Van Booy to name a few.
Harper Lee wrote a piece for McCall’s magazine in the December 1961 issue, titled Christmas To Me. The Guardian brought it back to life. The story is about a Christmas from her past in New York back in the 1950s. The events led to the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.
Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I got the day off. To a displaced southerner, Christmas in New York can be rather a melancholy occasion, not because the scene is strange to one far from home, but because it is familiar: New York shoppers evince the same singleness of purpose as slow-moving southerners; Salvation Army bands and Christmas carols are alike the world over; at that time of year, New York streets shine wet with the same gentle farmer’s rain that soaks Alabama’s winter fields. I missed Christmas away from home, I thought. What I really missed was a memory, an old memory of people long since gone, of my grandparents’ house bursting with cousins, smilax and holly.
What happens when a successful content creation company releases a new, digital-only imprint?
Well, with the release of a site like Full Fathom Five (FFF) Digital, we’ll have a chance to find out. Digital is where it’s at, and James Frey, founder of the FFF, has recognized this and has taken steps to engage a new generation of readers.
“We are looking forward to discovering unconventional projects that have the potential to connect with a wider community of readers that haven’t been available to them before,” Frey said in an article on Mashable. Check out the full article.
This new digital imprint’s goal is to publish “quality fiction e-books for modern readers.” Every Wednesday, a new ebook is scheduled for release, beginning with Amanda Black’s The Apartment on October 1st. E-books will be released in every leading e-book retailer, as well as in a number of niche outlets.
Ever wanted to become an instant expert? Try Ted Talks! A non-profit group devoted to the spread of knowledge and ideas, their website houses an almost unlimited supply of 10 minute presentations designed to give audiences a good understanding of a chosen topic. Originally started to promote ideas about technology, entertainment, and design, Ted has branched out into many different avenues. Huge business people and stars have contributed to Ted, and there is so much to learn from watching. Interested in digital media and joining their cause? Check out the jobs section of their website.