News: Weekly Literary Recap July 5-11, 2012

2012-07-14 22:11:PM ago by nicole.boyce

A Toronto writer is offering the public a chance to buy into his upcoming novel. For $15, Daniel Perlmutter will include a sentence of your choice in his soon-to-be-written book. For $30, you can invent a character. For $1000 – the largest offer – you can pick how he ends the story. Any takers?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/please-write-his-book-one-mans-efforts-to-crowdsource-his-novel/article4401591/

What’s the best approach for confronting book piracy? Galleycat looks at a few ways writers are approaching eBook pirates, from legal action to engaging with pirates on chat forums.
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/should-writers-engage-with-book-pirates_b54211

For the punctuation-enthusiasts out there, Ben Dolnick discusses his romance with semicolons in the New York Times’ Draft column.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/semicolons-a-love-story/?smid=tw-share

Simon & Schuster is releasing a new edition of A Farewell To Arms including 47 alternate endings penned by Ernest Hemingway. In response, Slate has devised a list of 47 alternate endings for The Great Gatsby, including “The Comfort Food Ending” and “The Occult Ending.”
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/low_concept/2012/07/hemingway_wrote_47_endings_for_a_farewell_to_arms_but_for_the_great_gatsby_fitzgerald_wrote_48_.html

Joining the ranks of Feedbooks and Smashwords, Project Gutenberg has launched a self-publication portal. If you’re thinking of self-publishing, check out these tips for promoting your eBook.
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/free-ebook-promotion_b52130

Prepare to be awed by Flavorwire’s list of the world’s 20 most beautiful bookstores. In related news, architects Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. have transformed a Texas Walmart into a library.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/07/07/abandoned_walmart_in_mcallen_texas_becomes_an_award_winning_public_library_how_big_box_stores_are_becoming_public_spaces_.html
 

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