1. aaknopf:

    Bonus: read the full excerpt in The New Yorker!

    Only 27 days left to wait.

    (via vintageanchorbooks)

     
  2. Tomorrow’s great writers are hard at work today, writing and publishing the books that will make them famous. We can’t be sure who they’ll be until we get there — but we could guess… Actually, we did! Save 30% on our picks for tomorrow’s award winners. Read them today and you can say you knew them when.

     
  3. Josh Ritter wrote a novel. And it’s good! Jill at Powells.com talked to him about his unusual, darkly funny book, titled Bright’s Passage. Read the interview.

     
  4. Patrick deWitt (author of Ablutions: Notes for a Novel and The Sisters Brothers) is guest blogging this week, and is setting the bar pretty high. Yesterday he shared some ideas for short stories that haven’t reached fruition. Yet.

    • A story about a charitable organization called Ski Bums that takes homeless people skiing. This is destined to fail because homeless people hate being cold.
    • A story about someone who is the opposite of an exorcist — someone who can make an unhaunted house haunted.
    • A story about a Doo-Wop group who reunite after 40 years of hostile non-communication to sing their lone hit, “Baby Factory.”
    • "Stevie Ray Vaughn Hotel Proposal": A proposal for a Stevie Ray Vaughn-themed hotel.

    Read more. (So you don’t miss other gems, like “Foghat = good name for a cat or dog.”)

     
  5. Katie Arnold-Ratliff, autograph-generating gladiator, stopped by today and signed over 1300 books for Indiespensable subscribers! If you act fast you can still secure your signed, limited hardcover edition of Bright before Us.

     

  6. The Fates Will Find Their Way JacketWe can’t stop recommending The Fates Will Find Their Way, the debut novel from Hannah Pittard coming Jan. 25th from Ecco. We got a chance to talk with Pittard about the book’s first-person-plural point of view, how writers channel adolescence, and whale sharks.

    Keep an eye on this one.

     

  7. "I really enjoy finding the right word, creating a good, flowing sentence. I enjoy the rhythm of the words. I haven’t said this in a long time, but it’s so true for me. When I was in college, I really liked poetry. I don’t read much anymore. But my favorite early 20th-century poets were Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, and e. e. cummings. Looking back, here’s what I think I learned from each of them. From e. e. cummings, I learned about the rhythm of words. From T. S. Eliot, I learned about the intelligence of words. And from Dylan Thomas, I learned about the beauty of words. I try to bring all three of those elements into writing."
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    Steve Martin, in an interview with Powells.com’s Jill Owens about his latest novel: An Object of Beauty.

    Steve Martin