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Weekly Roundup for 9/13/13


Every Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and features from around the web. This week’s roundup comes to you from Akashic intern Alia Maria Almeida!

Fashion Week has gotten everybody thinking about style, including Flavorwire, who took the time to compile a list of the most sartorial writers to date. (We definitely agree about Tom Wolfe and Fran Lebowitz.)

Speaking of Fran Lebowitz, the silver-tongued New York personality got the last laugh (and word) in a quip-off against Mayor Bloomberg.

Book clubs are back in style! Tumblr has just launched the ReBlog Book Club, and we want to give a shout-out to cool cat e–book club, Emily Books, for always being in style.

The Man Booker shortlist was announced, and we’re having the toughest time choosing a book to root for (Ruth Ozeki’s Tale for the Time Being, or Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland?). Either way, we can’t wait to see who the winner is on October 15th.

For the first time ever, National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees are all women! Congratulations, ladies. The list includes Merritt Tierce, contributor to Dallas Noir! Another fun fact: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The New York Times notes the overuse of “land” in recent and forthcoming book titles. Here at Akashic, we’re always a step ahead of the trends—our forthcoming YA novel is called Game World, not Game Land.

Maria Popova geeks out over rare and out-of-print Maurice Sendak posters, and is nice enough to share them with us so we can geek out, too.

If you enjoyed the A.V. Club’s “Undercover” project, then boy, does Hogarth Press have a treat for you! Project Hogarth Shakespeare involves asking authors to re-invent the Bard’s plays. On board for the project as of right now: Anne Tyler, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, and Howard Jacobson.

In honor of September 11th, StoryCorps has gathered stories from family and friends of 9/11 victims.

We’re touched to hear that the cast for The Fault in Our Stars movie includes real teen cancer survivors in Hazel’s support group. Our eyes may have teared up a bit . . . (Ed. note: did you all see on our Tumblr the discussion of John Green’s former understanding of “Mr. Brightside”? If you’re fans of The Killers, like this office is, it’s worth a quick read.)

J.K. Rowling has announced she is writing a script for a Harry Potter spinoff! It is going to be based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the movie will begin in New York City!

Staten Island Noir editor Patricia Smith has won the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Price from the Academy of American Poets for her work, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah! The award is given annually to “the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year.” Congratulations, Patricia!

Checkout Flavorwire’s “An Essential Punk Literature Reading List,” featuring two Akashic titles: Paradoxia by Lydia Lunch, and Please Take Me off the Guest List by Nick Zinner, Zachary Lipez, and Stacy Wakefield!

Have a spooktacular Friday the 13th!

(ed. note part II: Better Call Saul!)

Posted: Sep 13, 2013

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