Latest updates: Kite Runner on stage, 826 Write-a-Thon, Achilles paperback, Coskie book award, Little Soul in print, and much more

The Kite Runner to be performed by New Repertory Theatre

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

September 9 – 30, 2012
Press Opening:
Monday, September 10 @ 7:30pm

Charles Mosesian Theater
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA

Based on the 2003 best-selling novel, this epic drama follows boyhood friends Amir and Hassan in 1970s Afghanistan. After witnessing terrible brutality and betraying Hassan, Amir immigrates to the U.S. with his father, his regret, and his shame. When Amir is summoned home to Afghanistan thirty years later to help an ailing friend, secrets are uncovered. This beautiful and complicated story shares an inside view of Afghani culture, while exploring the price of loyalty and friendship, the desire for integrity, and hope for redemption.

Spangler’s adaptation is so faithful to the events, characters, and spirit of the novel.
— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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Join the 826 Boston’s annual Write-a-Thon

The second annual Write-a-Thon is now under way to raise $18,000 in support of 826 Boston’s free youth writing programs. Sign up on our registration form to join its roster of ink slingers.

What is a Write-a-Thon? For one month, from September 6th to October 11th, writers like you will compose plays, novellas, cryptozoological romance novels, pantoums, hypermetrical graveyard poetry and more. Wordsmiths will enlist everyone they know to sponsor them, with all proceeds going to 826 Boston.

All levels of writers are welcome.

Make a donation, or sign up today to write for 826 Boston. For more information, e-mail Sara, the 826 Boston Events Coordinator, to learn more.

Miller at Porter Square Books for Song of Achilles paperback edition

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and a startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.” — Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and State Of Wonder

Miller won the 2012 Orange Prize for The Song of Achilles. She was born in Boston and attended Brown University whre she studied classics. she also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She now lives in Cambridge.

Coskie wins Indie Excellence book award

Dixie Coskie

Dixie Coskie

Writer Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie, of Upton, Mass., reports that her book, Unthinkable: Tips for Surviving a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, won the 2012 Indie Excellence Finalist book award, general/health category.

“Traumatic brain injury does not just happen in war zones or in sports arenas, but it can happen to anyone, any time, any where,” Coskie says. “Traumatic brain injury has become the number one public issue of our time. May you and your family never need these survival tips written from a mother’s experience—but knowing them will give you hope and a powerful perspective on surviving traumatic brain injury.”

The book is a companion piece to her first book, Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph Through A Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury, published in 2010.

A Little Soul now available in print

A Little Soul: 140 Twitterstories, by Darren CormierA Little Soul by local writer Darren Cormier is now available in print from Harvard Book Store. Buy it here.

One of the first books of its kind, all the stories or chapters in this collection are 140 characters or less. But don’t mistake brevity for lack of depth. Deceptively complex, ranging from philosophical musings on literature and writing, to the nuanced terrain of anxiety, self-disappointment, and disintegrating relationships, these stories will stay with you for much longer than they take to read.

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Harvard Book Store in agreement with HarperCollins to print books in-house

Harvard Book Store confirmed in its own e-newsletter, in a special note by owner Jeff Mayersohn, that business during the holiday season went above and beyond expectations, partly, Mayersohn suspects, because of blacklash from Amazon’s Jungle Logic, as writer Richard Russo put it in the New York Times.

In the wake of such good fortune, the bookstore also announced a new partnership with HarperCollins: Continue reading