Monthly Archives: May 2012

Movie Trailer: The Great Gatsby Starring Leonardo Dicaprio (Video)

As you should know by now, my favorite book of all-time is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s a classic tale of status, wealth, ambition, and (most of all) love. The 70s film version starring Robert Redford will always be cool, but now Baz Luhrmann has decided to give the jazz age story a new 3D sheen. Will it work? Who knows. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carroway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Check out the trailer above. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Has Sold 10 Million Copies

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

You women love that mommy porn, huh?

It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.

SIX WEEKS!

So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:

This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.

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Follow Jay Fingers on These Social Networks

Follow Jay Fingers on These Social Networks

Chances are, if you’re seeing this, you follow me on at least one social network, such as Twitter or Facebook. But guess what? I’m on quite a few of ’em!

Check out the list of social networks below, then click the link and follow your boy! C’mon, admit it — you know you want to follow my misadventures! Ha!

Look forward to connecting with all of you! Cheers!

Dominique Morisseau Receives Playwrights Of New York Fellowship

Dominique Morisseau

According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONYFellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.

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Indulge in Literature and Liquor During Lit Crawl Brooklyn (May 19)

Lit Crawl NYC

Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.

Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.

Oh yeah, and it’s all free.

View the entire schedule below.
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Weldon Owen Explains How A Book is Born (Infographic)

Weldon Owen Explains How A Book is Born (Infographic)

West coast publisher Weldon Owen created a nifty little infographic (because kids love their infographics) to explain exactly how a book is “born.”

They say:

Here’s the heartwarming, only slightly messy, and roughly 74 percent accurate story of how an idea churns through the publishing process just like—as a publisher we once knew put it—a rat travels through an anaconda. Don’t think too much about that analogy. Just enjoy this flowchart that takes you from a brilliant idea to a best-selling trade book.

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Excerpt: Kisses For Tati by Jay Fingers #K4T

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss by Antonio Canova, photo by Jay Tong

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a short story entitled Kisses for Tati (formerly known as The Drums) for a couple years now. I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to finish this particular piece, especially when I’m able to see the story so very clearly in my mind.

In any case, I feel I should share something with you guys, and since I’ve made some progress on Kisses for Tati, I’ve decided that’s what I’m gonna share. For those who don’t know, Kisses for Tati is about Tati (natch), a socially awkward young woman who meets the man of her dreams but whose hopes of happiness are threatened by her domineering older sister.

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