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#TwitterFiction Schedule Announced

NEW YORK, NEW YORK; May 1, 2015 — #TwitterFiction Festival will kick off online on Monday, May 11 at 9 a.m. EST with author Celeste Ng, as she unravels a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. The five-day celebration of storytelling is sponsored by Penguin Random House (@PenguinRandom), The Association of American Publishers (@AmericanPublish) and Twitter (@Twitter), and will feature renowned authors from a large cross-section of publishers such as Margaret Atwood, Jackie Collins, Lemony Snicket, and others.

The five-day celebration of storytelling on Twitter, taking place virtually and globally, May 11-15, 2015, will feature around-the-clock original fiction. During the festival, writers receive daily time slots to share their stories one tweet at a time with readers across the Twitterverse. Many different narrative techniques will be employed from multiple twitter handles using the #TwitterFiction hashtag, including words, photos, and videos, and real-time crowd sourced fiction.

"Twitter has become one of the first things I check in the morning. It's a place where personalities and stories unfold, in real time, and I'm thrilled to be part of the 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival,” said Ng.

The festival will also feature the works of 24 #TwitterFiction Festival contest winners from seven countries and sixteen states. The winners’ stories were selected by a panel of judges from the publishing industry as part of a public competition open to aspiring writers.

“#TwitterFiction Festival is a chance for all writers - aspiring and established - to challenge ourselves to create stories that move people, make them laugh or inspire, in a short amount of time, and a tiny number of characters," said Abigail Tarttelin, featured #TwitterFiction Festival author.

#TwitterFiction Festival will also include an in-person event in New York City on May 13 that will bring the spirit of the festival to life before a live audience. The ticketed event will be hosted by comedian Nick Turner and include authors such as Gayle Forman, Myke Cole, Anna North and others as they create Twitter Fiction on stage with help from the audience. Stories will also be brought to life with live illustrations by Michael Arthur and original music composition by Mike Brun.

Here are the Featured Authors and previews of their #TwitterFiction:

  • Sophie Jordan (@SoVerySophie)—a young woman's quest to shake up her dull life on the eve of her thirtieth birthday.
  • Matthew Dunn (@mattdunnwrites)—a thriller starring a CIA agent on the hunt for a terrorist told from multiple Twitter handles.
  • Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood)—a story composed of words drawn from film preview copy seen on a plane.
  • Liz Egan (@LizEgan)—most commutes are mind-numbingly monotonous. Not this one. 60 minutes, 60 tweets…for a life-changing journey, climb aboard!
  • Lemony Snicket (@LemonySnicket)—an amnesia stricken author enlists help from Twitter followers to solve a mystery.
  • Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes)—crowd sourced literary genre mash-ups created on demand.
  • Kristan Higgins (@Kristan_Higgins)— a 30-something woman attends Singles Night at the organic grocery store in hopes at finding The One.
  • Katie McGarry (@KatieMcGarry)—a chance encounter brings together a 17-year-old politician’s daughter and a tattooed drummer.
  • Kathleen Kent (@kathleenkent214)—forgotten messages from the Old West from Wyatt Earp, Annie Oakley, Wild Bill, Ike Clanton, and "No Les, No More" Lester Moore.
  • Jonathan Evinson (@JonathanEvison)—join a character from the author’s upcoming novel on a seven-day Alaskan cruise.
  • Jeanne Thornton (@manwhohatesfun)—community-powered occult mysteries starring trans-women detectives.
  • Jackie Collins (@laurenbeukes)—a beautiful, young actress. A horny, old, married producer. An accomplished and elegant wife. Who will be the winner in this triangle?
  • Ian Doescher (@iandoescher)—love poetry from one Star Wars character to another, in iambic pentameter.
  • Eric Jerome Dickey (@ericjdickey)—a never-before-seen scene from Tempted by Trouble.
  • Dennis Mahoney (@Giganticide)—a tragic love story of a white trapper, a native maiden, and their bloodthirsty fathers.
  • Congressman Steve Israel (@BySteveIsrael)—the “Zen of Dick Cheney” reveals the inner-Cheney through secret NSA recordings of his meditations.
  • Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig)—a story about technology, privacy, and vulnerability.
  • Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing)—a hidden note bearing only a call number leads to a most unusual love story.
  • Beth Cato (@BethCato)—evocative fantasy and science fiction poems and short stories.
  • Anna Todd (@imaginator1dx)—what would happen if a teenage boy found his favorite actress' iPhone sitting on a desk?
  • Abigail Tarttelin (@Abigailsbrain)—light-hearted subversions of heteronormative gender stereotyping inspired by the We Need Diverse Books campaign and the womynists from 1994 comedy, PCU.

The full festival schedule and more details about each author’s #TwitterFiction is available at twitterfictionfestival.com. For tickets to the live event visit, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/twitterfiction-festival-live-2015-tickets-16....

About Twitter:
Founded in 2006, Twitter is a social broadcast network that enables people and organizations to publicly share brief messages instantly around the world. The service can be accessed on the web at Twitter.com, on a wide variety of mobile devices and via text messaging. Available in more than 35 languages, Twitter has more than 288 million monthly active users. Visit www.twitter.com or follow @twitter for more information.

About AAP:
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry. AAP represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. More than four hundred companies are members, spanning all categories of publishing. Our members represent the major commercial, educational and professional companies as well as independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

About Penguin Random House:
Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com) is the world’s largest and first truly global trade book publisher. The company is made up of 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually worldwide, along with the works of more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read bestselling authors. It employs more than 11,500 people across the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print, audio, and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India and South Africa; Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia; DK Worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Central America, and its Portuguese-language company in Portugal. Penguin Random House was formed on July 1, 2013 and is jointly owned by Bertelsmann (53%) and Pearson (47%).