Posts Tagged: Edan Lepucki

What to Read When You Want to See a World More F**ked up Than Ours

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Reading suggestions from author Celeste Ng for these f**ked-up times: worlds more—or, okay, just differently—f**ked up than ours. ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 7/24–7/30

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Monday 7/24: Jimmy Webb discusses and signs The Cake and The Rain: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

90×90 presents Drunken Masters: TV. With Julie Plec, Beth Schacter, Bronwyn Garrity, and Chuck Hayward. 8 p.m. at Wolf & Crane Bar.

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Notable NYC: 5/20–5/26

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Saturday 5/20: Mohammad Rabie and Mona Kareem discuss Otared: Arabic Dystopian Fiction. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Vivien Goldman and Sarada Rauch join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/21: Tobias Carroll, Julia Strayer, Bruna Dantas Lobato, M’Bilia Meekers, and Piper Weiss join the Pigeon Pages reading series.

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/8–5/14

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Monday 5/8: Write Club Chapter 63: Better Off Fed. Featuring Moramarco, Brian Sonia Wallace, Rachel Kann, Tanya White, Amy Gonzales, and Yelena Litvak. Co-hosted by Justin Welborn, Paula Killen, and Jeff Dorchen. 7 p.m. at the Bootleg Theater. $10+ Pay What You Can (it goes to charity).

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The Danger in Neat Identifications

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For The MillionsEdan Lepucki interviews novelist Dana Spiotta about her latest release Innocents and Others. In addition to exploring the process that went into writing the novel, the two discuss how to construct narrative by trusting instinct and intuition:

It has a lot to do with intuition, and what you find interesting as you are writing, I think.

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Kids Books All Grown-Up

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…like Franzen’s novels, the Berenstain Bear books might meander, reveling in details alternately informative and irrelevant, but ultimately they’re straightforward tales about family. (Also, as a friend pointed out to me recently, JFran sort of looks like a Berenstain Bear. This can’t be coincidental.)

At The Millions, Edan Lepucki compares children’s books to their grown-up counterparts.

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This Week in Short Fiction: A Guide to AWP

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It’s that time of year again, where writers young and old, from all corners of the country, come to congregate in one gigantic, frenetic, neurotic, alcohol-infused crowd, in a couple of fancy hotels no one can really afford, to stay in and talk shop (or not, depending on how your writing’s been this year).

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Popularity Contest

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Traditionally, the Unlikeable Character in fiction is created with authorial intention. You, as the reader, recognize the cues that the person you’re reading about is alienating or reprehensible, and it’s clear that such characterization is part of author’s aesthetic project… But what if a character isn’t Unlikeable, but unlikeable? 

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Back to the Present

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Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? By the time we’ve figured it out, we’ve already gotten there. Examining a trend toward futuristic fiction, Bill Morris looks at the near future as a literary setting that both illuminates and supersedes the present:

…technology is changing so fast that there’s no longer a present; the future is already here, relentlessly unspooling into the past.

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The Era of Celebrity Bookselling

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The Colbert Bump helped propel Edan Lepucki‘s California to the third spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lena Dunham’s endorsement helped sell Adelle Waldman‘s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Celebrity and celebrity endorsements have long played a role in moving products.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Let’s dedicate this week to the publications, editors, and benevolent marketing gurus who unleashed a whole bunch of quality FREE short fiction to us. Under the shadow of the FCC’s impending decision as to whether or not net neutrality will continue, these all-you-can-read buffets taste even sweeter.

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Notable NYC: 7/19–7/25

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Saturday 7/19: Sean H. Doyle, Faith Lyla, Lucy K Shaw, Natalie Eilbert, and Mike Bushnell read for the OHSO Book Release party. Mellow Pages, 8 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/20: Helena Duncan, Bo Fisher, Oona Robertson, Cara Dempsey, and David Miller are all former interns of Matt Nelson, Mellow Pages Library curator, and will all read together tonight.

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Notable Los Angeles: 6/23–6/29

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Monday 6/23: Alan Furst discusses and signs Midnight in Europe. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 6/24: Book Soup presents Damien Echols and Lorri Davis discussing and signing Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row. 7 p.m.

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Don’t Write for the Money

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At a 2011 panel discussion, Erin Hosier, a writer and literary agent, said that she wrote for the money. She had just gotten a book deal to write a personal memoir, and was looking forward to receiving her advance. In a recent interview with The Millions, Hosier says she assumed that the memoir “would just burst forth from [her] hands.” In 2014, Hosier’s memoir is still forthcoming.

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The Obsessive, Nerdy Joys of Copyediting

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This conversation at the Millions between Edan Lepucki and her copyeditor Susan Bradanini Betz is a beautiful paean to the editing process—and enlightening for anyone who wonders what precisely a copyeditor does.

Lepucki and Betz discuss author/editor compatibility, obsessive style sheets, and Donna Tartt’s anti-copyediting broadside.

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