Male librarians get naked to raise money for 'It Gets Better Project'

Male Librarians Get Naked to Raise Money for 'It Gets Better Project'

News by Rob Hart
October 11, 2011
Male librarians, seeking to dispel the stereotype of the old, uptight librarians, pose naked for a calendar that comes with the added bonus of raising money to support LGBT youth.
Amy Winehouse to Release Posthumous Memoir

Mitch Winehouse To Publish Memoir About His Troubled Daughter

News by Brandon Tietz
October 11, 2011
Father of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse will have a memoir released next summer through HarperCollins.

Submit Yourself: A Submissions Calendar is a Smart Idea

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
October 11, 2011
A submissions calendar is a smart idea, but it helps to know where to submit and who's accepting each month. In this column we break it all down for you, one month at a time.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Possible To Get An Agent Or Book Publishing Deal Based Only On A Few Short Stories?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
October 10, 2011
Pitching a book series and the strength of an author's portfolio are the subjects of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.
Attention LA Readers: Mediabistro Is Having A Book Club Party

Attention LA Readers: Mediabistro Is Having A Book Club Party

News by Dennis Widmyer
October 10, 2011
Rock out with your pens out! Internet juggernaut, Mediabistro.com, is having a party for all you Los Angeleno book lovers tomorrow night. Free shots!
'The Visible Man' by Chuck Klosterman

'The Visible Man' by Chuck Klosterman

Review by Meredith Borders
October 10, 2011
Chuck Klosterman's 'The Visible Man' is a philosophical study on the fleeting nature of reality disguised as a super fun sci-fi thriller.
LitRecapper

LitRecapper: Week One

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 8, 2011
LitReactor's inaugural week was a resounding success! Relive the magic with our first ever weekly recap.
Morgan Spurlock

Attention Writers! Morgan Spurlock Wants To Capitalize On Your Failure.

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 7, 2011
Casting begins for "Failure Club," a documentary style program aimed at helping people overcome their fear and achieve their dreams.
The Devil in the Details

The Devil in the Details

Essay by Craig Clevenger
October 7, 2011
A good description uses lots of details to paint a vivid picture for the reader; a great description uses just a few details placed in opposition to each other to elicit an image from the reader's imagination. This essay originally appeared over at The Cult.
Yet Again, Death Proves A Bestseller, AKA, R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Yet Again, Death Proves A Bestseller: R.I.P. Steve Jobs

News by Dennis Widmyer
October 7, 2011
In the wake of Steve Jobs passing, Simon & Schuster has bumped up the release of his biography from late November to October 24th and already, the book tops Amazon.con's pre-order list. Surprised?

The Case for eBook Self-Publication

Column by Paul Graham Raven
October 7, 2011
A hyperbolic exercise in Devil's advocacy for electronic publication.
Barnes and Noble Declares Vindictive Corporate War on DC Comics, Shoots Self in

Barnes and Noble Declares Vindictive Corporate War on DC Comics, Shoots Self in Foot

News by Tina Estlin Page
October 7, 2011
Barnes and Noble removes DC comics from their shelves after exclusive 4 month deal with Amazon Kindle Fire deal is brokered. Already three feet under, B&N digs their own grave deeper.

Cavalcade Of Literary Jerks: Part 1

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 7, 2011
Yes they are all esteemed authors. Yes they've published some important works. And yes, they're all jerks. Join us in celebrating the Top 10 literary jerks of all time.
"Snuff" by Terry Pratchett

"Snuff" by Terry Pratchett

Review by Farah Mendlesohn
October 6, 2011
The 39th (yes, you read that right) addition to the popular Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.

Book vs. Film: Winter's Bone

Column by Tina Estlin Page
October 6, 2011
There’s something moving under, under the ice.
Tomas Transtromer

And The Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize For Literature Is...

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 6, 2011
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins 2011 Nobel Prize for literature, is more than meets the eye.
Erin Reel Interviews Some of the Team Behind LitReactor

Erin Reel Interviews Some of the Team Behind LitReactor

News by Dennis Widmyer
October 5, 2011
This week, former literary agent, Erin Reel (aka 'The Lit Coach') featured a series of interviews with some key players from the LitReactor team on her amazing blog site.

Cliche, the Literary Default

Column by Jon Gingerich
October 5, 2011
Stories start from a default position of cliché: readers go into stories with expectations, and if too many are fulfilled the spell is broken. So, how do writers engage when the odds are against them?
The Writers Guild of America East joins #OccupyWallSt: The Writers are Coming!

The Writers Guild of America East joins #OccupyWallSt: The Writers are Coming!

News by Tina Estlin Page
October 5, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street Protest: Now with the WGAE and The People's Library (not yet a wrestling move, but there's potential)
Plagarism

Writers Unite To Levy Criminal Charges Against Internet Super Plagiarist

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 5, 2011
Join the fight against literary theft by aiding the prosecution of one of the internet's most egregious offenders.
A Conversation with Daniel Woodrell

A Conversation with Daniel Woodrell

Interview by Keith Rawson
October 5, 2011
LitReactor corespondent Keith Rawson interviews author Daniel Woodrell about his latest book, the short story collection, The Outlaw Album
Michael Moore St. Mark's

Michael Moore Throws His Considerable "Weight" Behind The St. Mark's Rent Concession Campaign

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 4, 2011
Love him or hate him, Michael Moore is doing his part to support Independent book stores and so should you!

The Top 10 DC Comics Relaunch Titles

Column by Jason Van Horn
October 4, 2011
Which of the 52 new DC titles are worth your time, money, and emotional investment?
Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee's "The Woman" Contest Giveaway

Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee's "The Woman" Contest Giveaway

News by Tina Estlin Page
October 4, 2011
Go see Jack Ketchum's newest film adaptation, 'The Woman,' between 10/14-16. Mail him your ticket stub, & get a page from the rough draft of the script, signed by Ketchum & Lucky McKee (director)!
"In Other Worlds" by Margaret Atwood

'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky
October 4, 2011
Part autobiography, part literary criticism, and- depending on your definition of the term- ALL science fiction, baby.