Posts Tagged: Edan Lepucki

Notable Los Angeles: 9/10–9/16

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Literary events in and around L.A. this week!

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Notable Los Angeles: 6/4–6/10

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Literary events in and around L.A. this week!

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/12–3/18

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Literary events and readings in and around L.A. this week!

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Notable Los Angeles: 9/18–9/24

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Literary events and readings in and around L.A. this week!

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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.

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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. Tuesday 7/25: ALOUD presents Resist, Disrupt, Transgress: Four Poets. Chiwan Choi, Natalie J. Graham, Ashaki M. […]

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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. POWERHOUSE Archway, 5 […]

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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). Stephen Sylvester, Mary Mallory, and Donovan Brandt present and […]

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The Danger in Neat Identifications

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For The Millions, Edan 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 […]

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Next Letter in the Mail: Edan Lepucki

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We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Edan Lepucki! Edan sends us a handwritten letter about starting her maternity leave, her thoughts about several books she’s read recently, and a few of her other obsessions. You don’t want to miss this letter! Subscribe to Letters in the Mail today! And, Letters in the […]

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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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To All the Novels that Will Never Be Published

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There are the sparkling debut novels that become runaway successes; those are few and far between. Then there are the clumsy first novels that get published—good, but primarily a raw first effort on a long and torturous path to becoming a mature writer. Then there are the novels that get shelved away, waiting to be […]

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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). That’s right: […]

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Books on Television

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Television is a great way to sell books. Oprah’s Book Club is the best known example, but Edan Lepucki‘s bestselling debut California certainly owed some of its success to the Colbert Bump. But The Colbert Report has ended, and Jon Stewart, another populist book advocate, is leaving The Daily Show. So where does that leave […]

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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?  What if you just didn’t like […]

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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. Jason Diamond, writing over at Flavorwire, explains that today’s endorsements go beyond […]

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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. Read on for one potential menu of all […]

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Edan Lepucki Gives ‘Colbert Bump’ to Sweetness #9

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Edan Lepucki‘s debut novel California has been the poster child for the conflict between Amazon and Hachette ever since Sherman Alexie plugged the book on The Colbert Report. Since receiving the Colbert bump, California has hit the #3 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. When Colbert invited Lepucki onto Monday’s show, she took the opportunity […]

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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 […]

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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. at the New Beverly Cinema (not at Book Soup!). $30 gets you one copy of the book […]

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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. A preview: No, I can’t turn it off, but […]

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