lastnightsreading:

Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards, 11/20/13

lastnightsreading:

Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards, 11/20/13

andotherstoriespublishing:

Leading up to this month’s publication of Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones, an Albanian novel translated by Clarissa Botsford, we’ve been delving a little deeper into all things Albanian (okay, we’re talking more google search than declassified files, but still). The fruits of labour? Five almost-certainly true, possibly interesting facts you probably didn’t know. About Albania. Let’s go. 
1. Its full name is Republika e Shqiperise. Don’t fancy hacking your way through the pronunciation? Fear not, because there’s also a fond nickname. Which is? Squiperia. Hmm…

andotherstoriespublishing:

Leading up to this month’s publication of Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones, an Albanian novel translated by Clarissa Botsford, we’ve been delving a little deeper into all things Albanian (okay, we’re talking more google search than declassified files, but still). The fruits of labour? Five almost-certainly true, possibly interesting facts you probably didn’t know. About Albania. Let’s go. 

1. Its full name is Republika e Shqiperise. Don’t fancy hacking your way through the pronunciation? Fear not, because there’s also a fond nickname. Which is? Squiperia. Hmm…

Ivan Vladislavic on SJ Naude

andotherstoriespublishing:

The stories in The Alphabet of Birds are full of quirky machines, hybrid musical compositions, and improvisatory dance and theatre pieces. These other artworks are keys to understanding the fictions themselves: they are intricate constructs, with their parts sourced in many different cultures and corners of the world, from German opera to Japanese Noh, from ruined castles in Bavaria to dilapidated farmhouses in the South African countryside, from the underground dance clubs of Berlin to the indoor ski slopes of Dubai. Like the music made by the ‘Victorian Native Ladies Society’ in one of the stories, the individual fictions contain a multitude of influences and elements, and their combinations are often unpredictable or dissonant. Yet the connections between the pieces are resonant, and they gradually reveal themselves as a set of variations on themes, making for an unusually tight-knit and satisfying volume. 

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Ask the State Department to assist Nigeria in rescuing the kidnapped schoolgirls

litrant:

I don’t normally ask people to write to the government, but I’m making an exception because this is so crucial.

I sent this note through the U.S. Department of State’s website this morning:

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Dear Secretary Kerry,

I write to urge the U.S. State Department to do everything…

I expanded on Kel’s message just a little. If you’d like to use mine please feel free:

Dear Secretary Kerry,

I write to urge the U.S. State Department to do everything within your power to assist Nigeria in retrieving the more than 200 school girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram and are now reportedly being sold into sexual slavery.

These young women and girls are the future of Africa, and as Nigeria unites to demand their return, we have an opportunity to take a firm stand in support of human rights and the right of women to education and self-determination. The stand the U.S. takes on this issue can prevent future attacks like this one and a strong statement should be made. It is not out of the question that something as scary as this could happen in the western world if we allow these extremists to think they will go unpersued and unpunished.

Please do not let this slip below the radar, and exert the full power of your office to help these children.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Russo Sime
Brooklyn, NY

My brother’s totally amazing new work.
daniellrusso:

New electric fired pitcher and tumblers

My brother’s totally amazing new work.

daniellrusso:

New electric fired pitcher and tumblers

Awaiting the start of John Ashbery and Mark Ford @92y. Excited!!!

Awaiting the start of John Ashbery and Mark Ford @92y. Excited!!!

My first trip home to #Brooklyn after a #NBCC awards in 8 years. #taxi #happy

My first trip home to #Brooklyn after a #NBCC awards in 8 years. #taxi #happy

The @parisreview always shows up in the most unlikely places @Foliocue #launch w/ @seansime

The @parisreview always shows up in the most unlikely places @Foliocue #launch w/ @seansime

SRPR Job Opening: Spring/Summer Intern

Friends, neighbors, colleagues, I’m working really hard to expand here at SRPR and I’m starting with an intern who will hopefully turn into a full time assistant or associate publicist this summer. Intern job description below but if you know anyone at the assistant level feel free to send them my way too.

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Sarah Russo Public Relations is a literary public relations and media strategy firm excelling in traditional PR, social campaigns and publishing strategy and partnerships.

We are looking for an intern for spring/summer to help with all aspects of running this small business, from writing drafts of press materials and designing galleys to running errands and assisting at parties. The perfect person will be able to devote ten or more hours per week, have great communication skills, be an active reader interested in fiction and nonfiction, and be engaged with the news and on social networks.

There will be opportunities to network, attend events, communicate with clients, sit in on meetings and work on drawing up business proposals. There are many opportunities to learn all about publicity and marketing and also how to run a small business. We will train you in how to use our PA2K database, do research on the Cision database, create lists and maintain them, and do outreach to the media effectively. 

Students are welcome to apply and we can work with your schedule and with your school for credit. A travel stipend is provided for interns who can devote 15 or more hours per week. Opportunities to grow into a paid position are available for qualified candidates. Please send a resume and writing sample to: sarah (at) sarahrusso (dot) com.

John Reed’s notes on the window for his class last night where we talked about PR, publishing and what I do.

John Reed’s notes on the window for his class last night where we talked about PR, publishing and what I do.