Monday, July 16, 2007

Writers Revealed 7.22.07 Matthew Sharpe/Jamestown

Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe Jamestown is a fantasia on the Jamestown settlement of 1607, the first viable English settlement in North America, set not in the past but in an indeterminate future, some years after an unspecified cataclysmic event. The U.S. has devolved into warring corporate city-states. The settlers, rather than setting out for Virginia from England on three ships in search of gold and a route to the Pacific, set out from Manhattan on an armored bus in search of fuel, food, and uncontaminated water.

About the Author: Matthew Sharpe's novel Jamestown was published this year by Soft Skull Press. He is also the author of the novels The Sleeping Father and Nothing Is Terrible, as well as the short-story collection Stories from the Tube. He has taught at Columbia University, New College of Florida, the MFA program at Bard College, and the Bronx Academy of Letters, and now teaches in the English department of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Writers Revealed: Matthew Sharpe Links
Sci Fi Weekly Review
Bookforum Review
Small Spiral Notebook Interview
Matthew Sharpe reads from Jamestown
Read an excerpt from Jamestown

Do you have a question for Matthew Sharpe? Leave your question in the comments field and if I use it on air, you'll score a free copy of Jamestown!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Announcing...The Fourth Comings Mini-Film Contest

Who: Fans of Jessica Darling, aspiring film-makers, obsessive vloggers,
or anyone who is creative with a camera

What: Create an original 3-minutes-or-under video that summarizes the action in Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings and Charmed Thirds

When: Starting right now, submissions are due by August 7th, 2007 (aka the on-sale date of Fourth Comings)

Where: Post your video on YouTube with the tags Fourth Comings, Megan McCafferty, then email Megan McCafferty the link:

Why: To bring new and forgetful readers up to speed on the action leading up to Fourth Comings. The director of the best video will win a customized Fourth Comings tote bag, containing The Megan McCafferty Collection, including (but not limited to) autographed copies of all the Jessica Darling novels and other books she's contributed to, audio books, and an original You, Yes, You T-shirt

How: Dramatic reading! Music video! Interpretive dance! Anime! Finger-puppet theater! However you want to express long as the video is under three minutes and complies with YouTube's Terms of Use

Megan McCafferty will blog about the most entertaining videos as they come in. Have fun! 

Visit the author's website