The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place tomorrow (you can watch a live webcast here), but the honoree—Chinese activist and author Liu Xiabo—remains in prison. A group of protesters have delivered an open letter to the Chinese embassy in Oslo calling for Liu’s release. The letter reads, in part: “During the two months since the announcement of the prize in early October, the Chinese government has not only held Liu Xiaobo in prison and confined his wife, Liu Xia, to house arrest; it also has sharply escalated its use of tactics like detention, house arrest, mandatory interrogations, and raids on homes to intimidate other Chinese citizens.”
The new issue of The Paris Review will go on sale December 15. It will include an interview with Jonathan Franzen, paintings by Amy Siliman and Tom McGrath, and a “troubling, sexually charged” novella by Peter Nadas.
Via Bookslut: The Babyshambles frontman, possible bad influence, and occasionally incarcerated Pete Doherty has been cast for a French film about 19th-century author Alfred de Musset.
Tireless innovator Seth Godin has launched a new imprint called The Domino Project, a partnership with Amazon, which will, as he describes it, “choose and deliver manifestos that are optimized for the tribe, for the small group that wants to grab them, inhale them and spread them.” The first optimized manifesto on offer hasn’t been named yet (we’re guessing it’s one of Godin’s relentlessly chipper dispatches on the zeitgiest), but will be available in March 2011.
Tired of best-of the year lists yet? We are, too. Still, we couldn’t help feeling some cheer when we saw that Anne Carson’s Nox was the top contemporary poetry bestseller for 2010.
Tonight at Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, Susan Bernofsky (whose translation of Robert Walser’s Microscripts was one of our books of the year) and poet and translator Idra Novey will read from their recent work.