Friday, August 30, 2013

Watch Morgan Freeman Reading The Definition of 'Twerk' via @mashables #LOL #funny #wotd

Voiceover king Morgan Freeman can make any word in the dictionary sound respectable

Case in point: After the word "twerk" was added to Oxford Dictionaries Online this week, the 76-year-old enthusiastically narrated its definition during Morning Express with Robin Meade.

The dictionary's official definition of twerk is: "Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."

Freeman managed to stay awake, unlike his appearance during a live TV interview in June

In addition to twerk, Oxford Dictionaries Online (not to be confused with the more official publication Oxford English Dictionary) also added popular new words such as selfie, digital detox, Bitcoin, BYOD, emoji, FOMO, geek chic, phablet, srsly and TL;DR Read more...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#Kobo Unveils New Lineup of Arc Tablets, Digital Magazine Store via @mashables




E-reader company Kobo unveiled a new lineup of Arc tablets, as well as its first digital-magazine store featuring content from major publishers, at an event Tuesday night in New York City.

The new collection of devices, which are scheduled to hit stores on Oct. 16, includes the Kobo Arc 10HD, two Kobo Arc 7 tablets running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and the Kobo Aura with a 6-inch e-ink display

"Many may say [the] tablet industry is crowded, but until now, no one has developed tablet experience for readers first," a Kobo executive told attendees. "People who download apps on tablets don't read daily, and do so more like once a week. We talked to some of our best customers, and they said tablets are generally multi-purpose first and e-readers second." Read more...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

10 Remarkable Posthumously Published Novels via @mashables





If the reports are true, and J.D. Salinger's estate is set to release five never-before-seen novels by the famously reclusive author, the literary world may be set to receive its biggest posthumous bounty since Emily Dickinson's sister happened upon that trunk full of poems. As many have long suspected, Salinger may soon join the long, illustrious line of novelists' whose work continues to emerge long after they depart this world.

Here are 10 of the most remarkable posthumously published novels in history:

A Death in the Family

By James Agee

An autobiographical novel aimed at understanding his own father's death, the ironically titled A Death in the Family was seven years in the making but still incomplete when James Agee died in 1955. Two years later, it was published to alleviate the financial strain Agee's family faced—and then went on to win the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Read more...

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8 Book Recommendations From MashableReads via @mashables

We're two weeks into the first MashableReads selection, and we have even more exciting news to share. To make finding our next MashableReads picks even easier for you, we're launching our book club today on Apple's iBookstore

Instead of scouring our website to make sure you didn't miss an announcement, just check the MashableReads book club page on iBooks. If you have an e-reader, you can purchase the book right then and there

We also put our heads together and chose eight additional books recommendations for your free time — because who couldn't use more awesome books to read? Each selection is unique and offers completely different experiences. From the surrealist parallel universe of 1Q84 to discussions on artificial intelligence in Ulysses, you'll be engaged and challenged by books from across the globe Read more...

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Podcasting: The Life Saver of Storytellers via @mashables

If you're tired of being called a "chatty Cathy," or causing people to run away as you approach, we may have the solution to your social woes: podcasting

In the comic, below, John Kovalic of Dork Tower suggests that when no one is around to listen to your crazy stories, you can always rely on the warm and welcoming community of podcast subscribers.

Comic illustration by John Kovalic, Dork Tower. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Why Hearst Fired 'Cosmo' and 'Elle' Web Editors via @mashables

Hearst on Tuesday laid off two highly placed web editors at its magazines: Abby Gardner, the digital director of Cosmopolitan, and Amina Akhtar, the editor of Both layoffs came as a surprise to industry observers and to the individuals themselves.

Then, that afternoon, the publisher announced three new hires, two of whom would be replacing in mid-September the editors who were just let go.

The timing was odd: Why fire two top editors just two weeks before New York Fashion Week, one of the most demanding coverage periods of the year? What were the existing editors both failing to deliver on? And, how does this affect the publications' digital strategies? Read more...

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Meet the First @Mashable Reads Author, Adelle Waldman via @mashable

Two weeks ago, we announced the start of a new social book club, Mashable Reads — and we were blown away by your positive reception and excitement

In addition to picking a book each month to read with our community, we will bring the author into Mashable's HQ in New York City where we'll host a Twitter chat using the hashtag #MashReads to give you the opportunity to ask the author your questions

For our first Mashable Reads, we chose The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman, a brilliant literary fiction novel that grapples with the difficulties of dating in New York City

We'll hold the Twitter chat with Waldman on Sept. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can discuss the book with the author herself, along with the other participants of #MashReads across the world Read more...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Original Manuscripts of Classic Novels #AMAZON VIA @MASHABLES



Novels undergo extensive editing before debuting on shelves — or these days, on Amazon. But wouldn't it be amazing to get your hands on authors' original manuscripts for classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye?

In this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics illustrates the original manuscripts of a few book genres — and they aren't what you'd expect

Comic illustration by Grant Snider, Incidental Comics. Published with permission; all rights reserved.

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.@Amazon Offers 25% Discount on Kindle Fire VIA @MASHABLE

Here's more evidence that Amazon may soon unveil its next-generation Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire tablet devices: All day on Thursday, Amazon will offer flash discounts on various Kindle Fire devices and accessories.

Currently, Amazon is selling refurbished Kindle Fire HD tablets discounted about 30% from $169 (with 16GB of storage) and $199 (with 32GB of storage) to $119 and $149, respectively

Later on Thursday, Amazon will also offer discounts on refurbished first-generation Kindle Fire tablets ($89), refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9" devices ($249) and cases for each device. Amazon USB chargers, discounted from $20 to $5, went on sale earlier this morning. Read more...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Thx Crain Detroit & Detroit News for mentioning #MotownLit Meet&Greet on Aug 10th

The 10th Annual Motown Literary Meet & Greet Is set to take place this Saturday from 1030am to 1pm at Barnes and Nobles WSU 82 W Warren, in Detroit, Michigan
We invite all Metro Detroit Readers and Writers to come out and celebrate the written word and to also share your literary works or services with the community.
This week has been mad pack with organization a great program for a good LITERTAINMENT event.
Crain's mentioned us in their article:
Detroit News Mentioned up in the community events section:
And a special thanks to New Monitor Community Newspaper, Editor Horst Mann for his continued support to our literary endeavors in Metro Detroit. (No website link, but if you see their papers around Detroit, please pick them up and support their efforts anyway you can!)
If you're coming, please make sure you go to our link below and RSVP. While you're at, please share this post on your socials to invite others to come!
Thanks so Much!
Sylvia Hubbad
Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network
Chairperson of Essence of Motown Literary Jam
Host of The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: The Motown Writers’ Network brings the community together! Aug 10th

The Motown Writers’ Network brings the community together!
Monthly Meet Up for writers focuses on the community. 

DETROIT – On August 10, 2013 the Motown Writers’ Network (MWN), which holds a monthly Meet Up for Detroit area authors and writers shifts its focus in August to bring awareness to community activities, and raise funds and register people for the MWN November conference.
At the Meet and Greet, representatives from Detroit area non-profits organizations, libraries and authors will speak about their projects and activities and network with the literary community. Those with events for the community to attend will also have the opportunity to speak with leaders in the literary community, meet local authors and share event fliers and materials with attendees.

“In August, we dedicate our monthly writers’ discussion at Barnes and Noble Bookstore to readers, writers and the community,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder and president of the Motown Writers’ Network and Michigan Literary Network.  “We want to increase awareness of the needs in Metro Detroit and the Meet Up kicks off our conference season leading up to our annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference in November.”

Hubbard, who often pays for the annual conference largely out of her own purse, asks August Meet and Greet attendees to donate towards the conference. “We are hoping this year to make our writer’s portion of the conference free through grants, but we still need location fees, lunch sponsorships, and other fees.

So we use the Meet and Greet as our initial fundraiser.”

The Literary Meet and Greet includes networking, giving opportunities to strengthen the Metro Detroit literary community, theatrical performances and the chance to win books and reading devices!

The Motown Writers’ Network’s Literary Meet and Greet is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Wayne State University’s Campus, 82 W. Warren in Detroit. For more information and to register visit or call (313) 289-8614.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DETROIT COMEBACK: The Activist Entrepreneur

Chocolate Pages On Tour: DETROIT COMEBACK: The Activist Entrepreneur Book T...:     The Activist Entrepreneur Book Talk & Signing by Walt Douglas Tuesday 8/6 at 6 pm   Join us...

Saturday: You're invited to "Motown Literary Meet & Greet" Aug 10th

Motown Writers Meetup Group Monthly M...
WhenSat Aug 10, 2013 10am – 1pm (EDT)
WhereBarnes and Noble (Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202, Detroit, MI 48202)
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Sat Aug 10, 2013
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10amMotown Writers Meetup Group Monthly M...
10:30am10th Annual Motown Literary Meet &...
Motown Writers Meetup Group
Saturday, August 10, 2013
10:00 AM
Barnes and Noble
Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit, MI 48202
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8 Writers attending, including:
"Social Networking is fun and worth your time"
"My name is Monica Marie Jones and I am the author of The UPS and Downs of Being Round...."
"My name is Mudhaffar Alyousuf. I just moved from New Mexico two months ago and I'm looking forward to meet writers here"
" According to my mother, I was a writer since I could lie to..."
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See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

DEADLINE AUGUST 9, 2013 | Writing Opportunities... SISTAH Talk is looking for Contributing Writers @ministerceleste

Sistah Talk

SISTAH Talk E-Magazine is committed to empowering, informing and inspiring women and teenage girls towarda closer walk with Christ, and to providing resources to assist in daily living and personal growth. SISTAH Talkunderstands that women and teenage girls have interests outside their faith and there are women and teens yetworking to build their faith. It is our goal that readers connect with the articles and grow in spirit and in truth.SISTAH Talk is committed to the content being biblically sound and practical, and an avenue for readers to apply the Word to their lives, how to grow in the Word and stimulate their intellect. 
Submission Guidelines
This is an open invitation for submissions. We are looking to address all areas of:* ~ A SISTAH's Lifestyle (Life Coaching Principles) * ~ Living the Victorious & Blessed Life (Spirituality) * ~ Word on the Street (Relationships & Dating Principles) * ~ The SISTAH's Closet (Fashion) * ~ Domestic Violence & Abuse Issues * ~ Virtuosity (Marriage & Divorce) Submission requirements are as follows:
1. Articles must be original. Previously published material is acceptable, however, you (author) must hold the copyright.
2. We have given latitude on the word count for submissions, however, they should not surpass 2 typewritten pages single-spaced.
3. E-Mail submissions are the primary preference for all submissions.
4. You must include your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
5. Forward submissions to

6. Submission deadline is Friday, August 9, 2013 for the September, 2013 issue. You will be notified directly of acceptance of your submissions and when/where they will appear.
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