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In one of the more disturbing book trailers released in recent months, director James Lees presents his vision of David Whitehouse's debut novel, Bed, forthcoming from Scribner in August. Described as "masterful" by Publishers Weekly, the novel tells the story of two brothers, one of whom refuses to leave his bed on his twenty-fifth birthday.
Melville House Publishing has announced the finalists for the 2011 Moby Awards, which honor the best (and worst) book trailers produced in the previous year. The awards are given in eight categories, including Book Trailer as Stand Alone Art Object, in which the trailer for Lisa Dierbeck's The Autobiography of Jenny X (OR Books, 2010) is a finalist. The winners will be named tomorrow night.
"Just because it happened doesn't make it interesting." Author and teacher Marion Roach Smith offers this and other priceless nuggets of advice for anyone thinking of writing a memoir in The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life, forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing on June 9.
The Welcome, which premiered at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon last month, is a documentary film about a group of veterans who met over Memorial Day weekend in 2008 to use poetry and storytelling to come to terms with their experiences in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. You can read some of the resulting poems and watch videos of the veterans reading them at The Welcome Home Project's website.
Looking for a distinctive cover for your homemade chapbook or writing journal? Check out book artist Pam Deluco's process of using recycled denim to make paper in this video, which was produced by Shape What's to Come, an online community of women sponsored by—who else?—Levi's. When your cover is ready, have a look at DIY: How to Make and Bind Chapbooks.
This short film, based on the poem "The Straightforward Mermaid" by Matthea Harvey, was filmed and directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy. It was selected for the Short Film Corner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. You can read the poem, which appeared in the New Yorker last August, here.