2 Fresh 2 Furious

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This short film, starring comedian and author Mike Birbiglia and "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross, was part of last week's live "This American Life" show that was seen in movie theaters across the country. Birbiglia's 2010 book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was made into a movie that will be released by IFC Films this fall.

Transforming Tragedy Into Art

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Vaddey Ratner discusses In the Shadow of Banyan, a debut novel depicting her family's experience during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. "I didn't want to write a memoir," she says. "What I wanted was to honor the lives lost, those who perished, and I wanted to do so through my endeavor to transorm personal pain with art." In the Shadow of Banyan will be published by Simon & Schuster in July.

Chris Cleave

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"People think I'm a writer of these very sad stories. Well, I wanted to write about something that was joyful and I wanted to write about how much people will sacrifice of their ambition in order to care for the people they love," says Chris Cleave, the best-selling author of Little Bee (2009), about his next novel, Gold, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster next summer.

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Catch-22

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Earlier this year Simon & Schuster released a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, the satrical novel set during World War II that is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the twentieth century. Heller began writing it in 1953, and the novel was first published in November 1961.

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Rin Tin Tin

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Next week Simon & Schuster will publish Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean, the long-time staff writer at the New Yorker and author of seven books, including Saturday Night and The Orchid Thief. In her new book Orlean chronicles the life of the dog that was born on a battlefield in France in 1918 and became a movie star and international icon.

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

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CNN takes a look at the production of a play based on Adam Bertocci's Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance, published last month by Simon & Schuster. Bertocci transforms Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 movie, The Big Lebowski, into a five-act comedy of errrors written by William Shakespeare. 

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