Latest updates: Kite Runner on stage, 826 Write-a-Thon, Achilles paperback, Coskie book award, Little Soul in print, and much more

The Kite Runner to be performed by New Repertory Theatre

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

September 9 – 30, 2012
Press Opening:
Monday, September 10 @ 7:30pm

Charles Mosesian Theater
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA

Based on the 2003 best-selling novel, this epic drama follows boyhood friends Amir and Hassan in 1970s Afghanistan. After witnessing terrible brutality and betraying Hassan, Amir immigrates to the U.S. with his father, his regret, and his shame. When Amir is summoned home to Afghanistan thirty years later to help an ailing friend, secrets are uncovered. This beautiful and complicated story shares an inside view of Afghani culture, while exploring the price of loyalty and friendship, the desire for integrity, and hope for redemption.

Spangler’s adaptation is so faithful to the events, characters, and spirit of the novel.
— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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Join the 826 Boston’s annual Write-a-Thon

The second annual Write-a-Thon is now under way to raise $18,000 in support of 826 Boston’s free youth writing programs. Sign up on our registration form to join its roster of ink slingers.

What is a Write-a-Thon? For one month, from September 6th to October 11th, writers like you will compose plays, novellas, cryptozoological romance novels, pantoums, hypermetrical graveyard poetry and more. Wordsmiths will enlist everyone they know to sponsor them, with all proceeds going to 826 Boston.

All levels of writers are welcome.

Make a donation, or sign up today to write for 826 Boston. For more information, e-mail Sara, the 826 Boston Events Coordinator, to learn more.

Miller at Porter Square Books for Song of Achilles paperback edition

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.” — Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State Of Wonder

Miller won the 2012 Orange Prize for The Song of Achilles. She was born in Boston and attended Brown University whre she studied classics. she also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She now lives in Cambridge.

Coskie wins Indie Excellence book award

Dixie Coskie

Dixie Coskie

Writer Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie, of Upton, Mass., reports that her book, Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, won the 2012 Indie Excellence Finalist book award, general/health category.

“Traumatic brain injury does not just happen in war zones or in sports arenas, but it can happen to anyone, any time, any where,” Coskie says. “Traumatic brain injury has become the number one public issue of our time. May you and your family never need these survival tips written from a mother’s experience—but knowing them will give you hope and a powerful perspective on surviving traumatic brain injury.”

The book is a companion piece to her first book, Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, published in 2010.

A Little Soul now available in print

A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories, by Darren CormierA Little Soul by local writer Darren Cormier is now available in print from Harvard Book Store. Buy it here.

One of the first books of its kind, all the stories or chapters in this collection are 140 characters or less. But don’t mistake brevity for lack of depth. Deceptively complex, ranging from philosophical musings on literature and writing, to the nuanced terrain of anxiety, self-disappointment, and disintegrating relationships, these stories will stay with you for much longer than they take to read.

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Language of Men, readings, nominations, Penelope at Harvard, Fringe flash fiction, comedy night pics, and ‘Memory Palace’ video

Extract(s) of The Language of Men by D’Aries

The Language of Men, by Anthony D'AriesExtract(s) has a sneak peak of The Language of Men, a memoir by Massachusetts writer Anthony D’Aries:

My father speaks his own language. A hillbilly twang of the Looney Tunes dialect – Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam – mixed with the African-American jive of the dirtiest comedians – Redd Foxx or Richard Pryor. His swearing is part of a well-oiled machine, except when a driver cuts him off – then higher-octane terms explode from his mouth. He cuts words in half, stresses whichever syllable he wants. Verbs become nouns and vice versa. He throws in song lyrics, movie quotes, even slogans from TV commercials. It all swirls together and all you can do is try to keep up.

Read more of The Language of Men at Extract(s). Visit the website of Anthony D’Aries.

Local authors reading at Brookline Booksmith

Speaking of, D’Aries will be at the Brookline Booksmith this Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7pm for a reading from the memoir. So, too, are these fine debut authors:

  • Monday, August 27th at 7pm: Grub Street instructor Tim Horvath, author of the collection Understories, with Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm: Debut novelist Judith White, of Brookline, author of The Seventh Etching

And earlier this month, local debut novelist David R. Gillham read from City of WomenMaryanne O’Hara read from Cascade, and Brookline local artist Joe McKendry read from One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World.

Short story nominated for Best of the Net anthology

Writer Tim Weed announced his short story Snarl has been nominated for Sundress Publications’ 2012 anthology.

Interview with Harrington on her Harvard-set novel ‘Penelope’

Rebecca Harrington, author of Penelope

Rebecca Harrington, author of Penelope. Photo by Michael Lionstar.

EW’s Shelf Life has an interview with 26-year-old author and Harvard grad Rebecca Harrington on her new novel, Penelope, about a young, socially awkward girl trying to navigate the culture at the Ivy League campus.

Penelope was inspired more by the tradition of British campus novels than her own experiences. “I was reading a lot of novels set at Oxford and Cambridge, like Lucky Jim and Decline and Fall, which viewed education less as this kind of transcendentalist, transformative experience and more as a series of absurd accidents happening over and over again,” says Harrington. “I decided to transpose that form and see if I can do it in an American setting. … Sometimes college can be more absurd and alienating than it is transformative and really fun. In America, you have these models of college where it’s either like Animal House or Good Will Hunting.”

Steve Almond judges Fringe’s inaugural flash fiction contest

Pushcart-Prize-winner Steve Almond will judge Fringe Magazine’s first flash fiction contest. First prize is $350 and publication in Fringe, second prize $100, and third prize is $50. All entries will be considered for publication. Submissions are now open and will close at midnight on October 15, 2012.

Pub & Grub member mixer: Comedy night pics

Writer/comedian Steve Macone. Photo by Stanley Dankoski.

Writer/comedian Steve Macone

Grub Street members were treated to free drinks and snacks and a taste of live stand-up comedy by Tim McIntire (one of the most popular and prolific comedians in New England for over a decade), Steve Macone (contributor for The Onion), and Alingon Mitra (comedian-in-residence at the Comedy Studio in Harvard square). It was a wonderful night of drinking, mingling and shooting the lit. A slideshow is up at Grub Daily.

Video of Mira Bartok reading at Harvard Book Store now online

Mira Bartok, children’s book writer and essayist, reads from her memoir “The Memory Palace,” her first book for adults. She explores the relationship between herself, her sister, and their mentally ill mother.

WGBHForum has uploaded videos of readings and lectures from forum-network.org onto its YouTube site.