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Big Authors Pitch Live to Would-Be Readers, Something Bacon This Way Comes, and More

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Online Only, posted 9.02.11

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Unbound, the crowdfunded publishing house established earlier this year, is holding a live event later this month, with best-selling author Kate Mosse and Booker contender Tibor Fischer, along with emerging and unpublished writers, pitching book ideas to a gathering of would-be readers. (Publishing Perspectives)

Atlanta hosts five hundred authors this weekend as the Decatur Book Festival launches today. Highlights include a staging of the Brer Rabbit story by the Atlanta Opera and performances by the Georgia Shakespeare Theatre and the Center for Puppetry Arts. (Champion)

In the American South, stories of hauntings and phantoms abound. But telling the tales of "ghosts of distinction," in the words of Southern Gothic master Kathryn Tucker Windham, is more than a form of eerie entertainment, it's an act of reenvisioning history. (Paris Review Daily)

"Something Bacon This Way Comes." Jacket Copy's Carolyn Kellogg catalogues the birth of the Twitter hashtag she conceived—with a little help from novelist Elissa Schappell: #replacebooktitleswithbacon.

McSweeney's Books has signed on to design a four-volume anthology curated by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which closed earlier this week. Amy Bloom, Roddy Doyle, Yiyun Li are among the fifty authors contributing to the collection themed "Elsewhere," set to debut at next year's festival. (Guardian)

"Los Angeles is like your brain. You only ever use 20 percent of it. But imagine if we used it all." David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros bookstore, which now has a home in both halves of Los Angeles, contemplates his city's Eastside-Westside divide. (Los Angeles Times)

The Daily Beast rounds up this fall's must-read books, including memoirs by Joan Didion and Diane Keaton and the American release of Haruki Murakami's meganovel 1Q84.

Until September 9, e-book reader owners can snag a free copy of A Voice in the Box, the memoir of public radio's Bob Edwards. The former host of Morning Edition referred to the giveaway, offered by the University Press of Kentucky, as "the ultimate pledge drive premium, considering most public radio supporters already have plenty of coffee mugs and tote bags." (Baltimore Sun)

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