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On the Books: Morgan Spurlock wants to hear about your failed novel, National Book Awards announce 5 under 35


++ Chad Harbach need not apply. For those of you (okay, us) who moonlight as authors but have failed to write the Great American Novel, filmmaker and author Morgan Spurlock might be looking to tell your story – especially since you haven’t been able to do it yourself yet. Spurlock’s camp posted a casting call on Mediabistro for dreamers, including starving writers, who might be looking to switch to the much more stable profession of documentary subject. At the very least, starring in a movie will give you great material.

From the posting:

Is there something that you have always dreamed of doing but have been too afraid of failing to try? Did you always want to open a restaurant, write that Great American Novel or maybe even climb a mountain! If you are ready to overcome that fear of failure, then we want to hear your story. Morgan Spurlock (30 Days, Super Size Me, A Day in the Life) is looking for real people with big dreams to be part of a new documentary-style program for Yahoo! This brand new series, Failure Club,” is about embracing the fear of failure in order to change your life. Meeting each week over the course of a year, 7 different people will come together to form this unique Club where they will help each other achieve the things they’ve only dreamed of.

++ If the previous item applies to you, here’s something to add insult to injury: the National Book Awards named its annual five authors under the age of 35. The five lucky phenoms: Shani Boianjiu, Danielle Evans, Mary Beth Keane, Melinda Moustakis, and John Corey Whaley.

++ Joining Courtney Love, Neil Young, and Gregg Allman, Rod Stewart has signed on to become the latest rock star-turned-memoirist.

++ When he wasn’t breaking boards with his head, the late Bruce Lee wrote some kickass poetry.

++ President Obama read a book about his dog – and himself – to a classroom of young children. See photo here.


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