September 2, 2010

The Literary Life And A One Day Only Giveaway

Penguin Group is celebrating the launch of a new monthly radio series called The Literary Life. Completely written, produced, and hosted by Penguin employees, The Literary Life features literary fiction and nonfiction from bestselling, critically acclaimed authors and fast-rising newcomers. It’s hosted by Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. Each episode will debut on the last Tuesday of the month.

In addition to candid interviews with authors, regular segments on The Literary Life include: Inside Publishing, featuring a publishing personality giving a behind-the-scenes look into the book industry; Writer’s Rant, where authors are given the floor to vent; and Penguin Mix Tape, featuring interviews and performances by musicians-turned-authors.

In this episode, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, author of the new bestselling memoir Composed, answers questions and performs “The World Unseen.”  Maile Meloy, author of the bestselling collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, and Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis, discuss the art of the short story. Sloane Crosley, author of the bestselling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, rants about punctuation.

Penguin Group wants to give one of my readers a copy of:

With the publication of his debut novel, Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst was widely celebrated as one of the most creative, original literary voices of his generation-an heir to T.C. Boyle and Denis Johnson, a northern California Haruki Murakami. Now, in his second book, The Surf Guru, his full talent is on display, revealing an ability to explore worlds and capture characters that other writers have not yet discovered. 

In the title story, an old surfing-champion-turned-surfwear- entrepreneur sits on his ocean-front balcony watching a new generation of surfers come of age on the waves, all but one of whom wear wet suits emblazoned with the Surf Guru's name. An acid-tongued, pioneering botanist who has been exiled from the academy composes a series of scurrilous (and hilarious) biographical sketches of his colleagues and rivals, inadvertently telling his own story. A pair of twenty-first- century drifters course through a series of unusual adventures in their dilapidated car, chased west out of one town and into the next, dreaming of hitting the Pacific. 

Dorst's characters have all successfully cultivated a particular expertise, and yet they remain intent on moving toward the horizon, seeking hope in something new. Likewise, each of Dorst's stories is a virtuoso performance balancing humor and insight, achieving a perfect pitch, pulsing with a gritty and punchy, distinctly American realism- and yet always pushing on into the unexpected, taking us some place new.


One of my readers will win a copy of this book
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The book(s) will be mailed out by the publisher


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  1. +1 Sounds like an awesome book!
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  3. Sounds awesome, would love a chance to win!
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  4. +1 Sounds like a great book!
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  5. Sounds really good. Count me in.

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  6. +10 Tweet #3


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    Это было некоторое количество раз. Он работал 2/2, и мы "путешествовали" на дачу, пока мама работала. Дачный дом находился в недалеко от нашего города, и там мы находились с утра до обеда, потом ехали домой. Первый, второй раз он просто говорил мне различные интимные вещи, задавал вопросы из разряда "а у тебя уже был мальчик?". Я смущалась, но по наивности не отдавала себе отчет о чем он. Потом он стал трогать меня, ну, массажировал спину, ноги. Я заподозрила неладное, но поскольку была очень замкнутой я постеснялась отказать ему в поездках. Последняя завершилась тем, что он напрямик сказал мне, что он меня хочет. Я сильно испугалась и попросилась домой. После этого, мы вообще эту тему не обсуждали никогда.
    Рассказать маме незамедлительно, мне мешал испуг, я боялась, что она скажет, что я специально ездила с ним. Мол, молодая нимфетка, насмотревшаяся Лолиту, поехала искушать отчима. Бред! Но в это я верила и молчала.
    Мне было 13, и я реально не отдавала себе отчет, чем может закончится общение наедине с мужчиной. Тем больше, который является моим отчимом.
    Сейчас мне 24, и я не сказала бы, что это сломало мне психику, я не остерегаюсь мужчин, но я очень боюсь, что об этом узнает мама. У неё слабое сердце, она чувствительный человек, и это её ранит так, что я буду ощущать вину до конца жизни. Тем больше, что ничего уже не изменишь.
    Сама я уже точно об этом не поведаю. А внезапно он сам все выложит? Типа, раскается... Может поговорить с ним?
    С отчимом в данный момент отношения нормальные.