Weekly Roundup for 2/22/13
Every Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and features from around the web. This week’s roundup comes to you from Akashic publicist Kate Bogden and editorial assistant Susannah Lawrence.
Around the Web
- Iranian novelist and friend-of-Akashic Salar Abdoh reports on a chilling, real-life noir story about a state-sponsored public execution on the streets of Tehran in Guernica magazine.
- Chicago will be the home to America’s first national writers museum, according to GalleyCat and HuffPost books! The American Writers Museum is set to open in 2015, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Malcom O’Hagan of the American Writers Museum Foundation will head the project with the support of David McCullough, W.S. Merwin, and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. The museum already has a website, which we’ll be visiting periodically as we count down to opening day!
- Are you a fan of George Saunders? Read his Gchat-discussion of his use of modern vernacular with the Paris Review.
- We loved this photo of President Obama’s handwritten edits to last month’s inaugural address. We think the President made a bold choice to edit in black pen rather than our favorite, the trusty red pencil…
- The list for the forthcoming The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler & Lisa Scottoline, is in! We are very excited to see it includes the following Akashic authors: Nick Mamatas, Emily Mandel, Nancy Pickard, & Patricia Smith. Congrats!
- We were amused to come across this listing in the Washington City Paper for indie music celebrity (& author of Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group) Ian Svenonius’s “lip-sync dance party” (held last night) where bands mouthed the words to their own recordings on stage. Who doesn’t love a conceptual dance party?
- Managing editor Johanna Ingalls was delighted to read Margaret Atwood will be awarded the LA Times 2012 Innovator’s Award, as Atwood is one of her favorite authors. Big congrats to all the finalists!
- In honor of Oscars season, the Huffington Post created a list of “Famous Movies You Didn’t Know Were Adapted From Books.” While a few of the movies included aren’t too shocking (at least both of us have definitely read The Princess Bride), some of these well-known adaptations may surprise you!
Around the Office
This week, the Akashic office picked our Best Picture (and a few Best Actor) predictions. What are yours? Share them with us!
- Johnny: Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor; Lincoln for Best Picture
- Johanna: Bradly Cooper for Best Actor; a tie between Silver Linings Playbook & Django Unchained for Best Picture
- Ibrahim: Silver Linings Playbook for Best Picture
- Aaron: Argo for Best Picture
- Kate: (sheepishly declines to answer having not seen a single 2012 movie…)
- Susannah: Argo for Best Picture (though I wish Django Unchained would win, and I’ll admit I wept my way through Les Misérables…)
- Deanna: Bradly Cooper for Best Actor; Silver Linings Playbook for Best Picture
Posted: Feb 22, 2013
Category: Weekly Roundup | Tags: Emily Mandel, Ian Svenonius, Kansas City Noir, Kate Bogden, Long Island Noir, Margaret Atwood, Nancy Pickard, Nick Mamatas, Oscars, Patricia Smith, Salar Abdoh, Staten island Noir, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'N' Roll Group, Susannah Lawrence, Venice Noir, Weekly Roundup
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