This October, Lit Undressed will present “Fashion in Literature” in conjunction with this year’s (downtown) Omaha Lit Fest, and they’re looking for written contributions. This year’s focus is “Silk & Sawdust,” and centers on the heart and mechanics of literature. Authors will participate in panels, readings and discussions of their methods and processes, and look at the literal tools of production — including book-making and design, as well as our collective nostalgia for the typewriter.
Included in this theme are fashions of famous literary characters — from the Tin Woodman’s heart of silk and sawdust in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to Jay Gatsby’s pink rag of a suit in The Great Gatsby, to Jane Eyre’s grey and black gowns and Virginia Woolf’s explanation of fashion in Orlando.
Lit Undressed organizers are soliciting entries for poetry and short-short fiction inspired by fashion; whether literally interpreted by a piece of garb or line of clothing, or an in-depth character analysis through attire, or a life philosophy via fashion. Selected entries will be performed live by nude figure models, and authors of those pieces will get a short bio in the performance program as well as a free ticket to the performance. If you’re interested, submit your poetry and/or short-short fiction no lonter than 400 words to firstname.lastname@example.org through September 15, 2011. Visit omahalitfest.com/litundressed and omahalitfest.com for more information.
All month long, Harper Perennial Publishing is offering 20 eBook titles for 99 cents each on their Facebook page. You have your choice of 20 titles, including Rachel Shukert’s “Everything is Going to Be Great” (and, conversely, Jason Mulgrew’s “Everything is Wrong with Me”), Neal Pollack’s “Stretch,” and more. It’s a great way to check out new writers with minimal financial risk.
If you’re a cheapskate, you can go to eBookNewser’s “Free eBook of the Day” column over on the Media Bistro site to download a different eBook each day. Just surf to mediabistro.com/ebooknewser/category/free-ebooks.