Posts From Author: paul weitz

BOOKTHEWRITER for the Perfect Book Group

Last month comedian Andy Borowitz lamented the irony that although we now live in an age of free content we sadly don’t live in an age of free food. Indeed, as seems to be the dominant model in a world of 99%ers and 1%ers, only the most commercially successful writers can really get by. Fortunately all is not lost. We at the House of SpeakEasy, of course, provide a monthly platform for writers at our Seriously Entertaining events at City Winery. But there are also other fantastic initiatives out there that are bringing writers and readers together and ensuring that writers are properly compensated for their work. Last year the novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz came to much the same conclusion as Andy Borowitz. And so she established BOOKTHEWRITER, offering readers a unique opportunity: the chance to invite your favourite writer to join your book group. Jean has recruited a fabulous list of nearly a hundred New York-based authors and poets to the cause, including ZoĆ« Heller (Notes On A Scandal), Rick Moody (The Ice Storm) and Julie Salamon (The Devil’s Candy), all of whom are available (for a $750 fee) to appear at book groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If […]
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