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1. Tales of the Wolfman on Kickstarter

David Gruba is hoping to raise $5000 on Kickstarter for Tales of the Wolfman, a collection of comics and art that gives new life to some classic children’s tales and comic books.

The 48-page anthology, which includes contributions from various artists, reimagines Little Red Riding Hood based on the premise that the wolf marries Red Riding Hood.

Here is more from the Kickstarter listing: “But in this case, the Wolf is a Wolfman. In this all-ages series, writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano play with the possibilities of Wolf and Red’s uncommon pairing by blending Universal Monsters with Fairy Tale Classics. The series, so far, consists of Bride of the Wolfman, House of the Wolfman, Feast of the Wolfman and Time of the Wolfman.”

 

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2. Amazon Now Sells Print Books in Mexico

amazon-mxAmazon has been building up its Kindle business in Mexico for the past several years. Today the company has launched its first e-commerce store across the border that sells physical books.

Amazon.com.mx, a Spanish-language e-commerce site launches with millions of print books. Just as in the U.S., the online giant will also sell everything from consumer electronics and video games to personal health care items. They are offering free shipping on orders above MXN 599 (about $38 USD).

“Our mission at Amazon is to be Earth’s most customer centric company, and we strive to be the destination where people can find anything they want to buy online,” stated Alexandre Gagnon, director of international expansion at Amazon. “With Amazon.com.mx, customers in Mexico will find more of what they want – the largest selection in the country, low prices, fast and reliable delivery, all with a trusted and convenient experience.”

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3. Is It Time for a Book Coach?

Many aspiring authors turn to book coaches when they’ve gotten stuck deep in the process of writing a manuscript; however, book coaches can also be helpful for those who haven’t yet typed a single character.

If you’ve always wanted to write a book but can’t seem to consolidate your ideas into a solid vision or need someone to help you get organized enough to make it through the writing process, it may be time for a coach.

The idea stage is when [Liz] Alexander contacted her book coach, Lisa Cron. They currently meet twice a month over Skype, and content is due before they talk. Regular deadlines help keep Alexander accountable, but the process unfolded differently than she expected. “I imagined at first I’d be like Stephen King — you know, get the first draft out in three months and then go back [to revise it].” Instead, Cron had Alexander write several scenes, and the two of them dissected the scenes over a call. “Lisa kept saying, ‘You haven’t gotten the emotion piece down yet,'” Alexander recalls. Alexander wrote the scenes over. And over. Her characters still came across as bloodless. When Cron coached Alexander through a mini breakdown, Alexander realized she was feeling the exact same emotion her character was experiencing, and she was able to draw on those feelings and express them on the page. She’s grateful now that Cron held her back from rushing forward with her story too quickly. To nail down the emotion and psychology of her characters made moving forward easier in the long run.

For more, including what book coaches say are the secrets to a book’s success, read: Why You Should Hire a Book Coach

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4. Cover Revealed for New Rhiannon Thomas Book

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The cover has been unveiled for Rhiannon Thomas’s young adult novel, Kingdom of Ashes. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Jenna R. Stempel served as the designer for this project. This book, the sequel to A Wicked Thing, will be released on February 23, 2016.

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5. Bookseller William D. Farley Has Died

Bill Farley (GalleyCat)William D. Farley has died. He was 83 years old.

Farley, who was often called Bill, devoted more than 30 years of his life to a career in bookselling. Bill (pictured, via) and his wife, B Jo Farley, opened the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in the summer of 1990.

Here’s more from the store’s blog post: “It was his intention that the Seattle Mystery Bookshop be a place where readers and writers could meet, that it be a resource for those with questions or simply looking for a new author to read, that it be a place for someone new to the novels as well as the serious buyers looking to extend their collections. Under his guidance, the shop presented internationally known authors as well as beginning authors who grew into internatinally known authors. It was his dream and it was one he succeeded at brilliantly.”

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6. Dark Horse Comics to Publish Joe Golem: Occult Detective Series

Joe Golem Cover(GalleyCat)Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, and Christopher Golden, a prolific writer, will collaborate on writing a new comic mini-series called Joe Golem: Occult Detective. This character originates from the 2012 illustrated novel, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

Here’s more from the press release: “The new series takes place prior to the events of the illustrated novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Set forty years after an earthquake leaves Lower Manhattan partly submerged under 30 feet of water, Joe Golem must hunt a horrifying creature that is pulling children into the depths of the city’s canals.”

The art team includes Patric Reynolds (interior art), Dave Stewart (colors), and Dave Palumbo (covers). Dark Horse Comics will publish a total of five installments for this project. The first issue will be released in November 2015.

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7. Disney Publishing Joins Interactive Division

The Walt Disney Company has folded its children’s publishing business into its interactive media division, as part of an overall realignment of Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive.

Leslie Ferraro, co-chair, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and president of Disney Consumer Products and Jimmy Pitaro, co-chair, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and president of Disney Interactive, will lead the newly combined segment, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI).

Disney Publishing Worldwide, which “has increasingly blended technology with storytelling to create interactive story-based digital experiences,” will report to Ferraro and Pitaro.

 

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8. John Green on Why He Hasn’t Published a New Book

John Green TFIOSAs of late, John Green seems to be devoting his efforts to various YouTube series, film adaptations based on his young adult novels, and charity projects. Given this busy schedule, many fans have been wondering about when he will publish a new book.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Green explained in a recent Reddit AMA session that he doesn’t “want to publish until I’ve written something I can feel proud of. That hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully I’ll make more progress soon.”

Earlier this month, Green shot a vlog discussing what it means to be human. In that video, he revealed that he had been working on a novel about “how we define personhood.” At the moment, the PEN / Faulkner Foundation is hosting an auction and one of the items is to have your name appear as a character in an upcoming John Green novel. Over on Twitter, the author pledges not to kill off this character, but he “can’t promise when the book will be finished.”

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9. Literary Events This Week: Genevieve Valentine and a Summer Poetry Panel

wordstore1Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Larry Kramer and Bill Goldstein will sit for a conversation on Kramer’s book, The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart. Check it out on Tuesday, June 30 at McNally Jackson starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The Summer in Poetry City panel will feature five writers. Meet them on Tuesday, June 30 at the Housing Works Bookstore Café starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Genevieve Valentine and Kelly Link will join forces for a discussion on Valentine’s book, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. Join in on Wednesday, July 1 at Word Bookstore (the Brooklyn branch) starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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10. Funding Increased for New York City’s 3 Library Systems

readeverywhereFor the past few months, the three library systems of New York City (the New York Public Library, the Queens Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library) have been pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council for an increase in funding. The campaign has proved successful; a $43 million increase has been approved for the Fiscal Year 2016.

More than 150,000 New York library patrons sent in letters to support this cause. Several authors and celebrities also joined in this fight including Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman, In the Unlikely Event novelist Judy Blume, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke, and Grammy-winning musician John Legend.

According to the press release, this budget increase “will allow for citywide six-day branch service, as well as an increase in hours and programming seats, more expert library staff, and more. The budget — adopted today — also includes a capital allocation of at least $300 million to libraries over 10 years, which will go towards improving, renovating, modernizing, and repairing library facilities across the city. This is the first time libraries have received such a large, long-term investment, allowing them to adequately plan for the future.”

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11. Matthew Santoro Inks Deal With Perigee

Matthew Santoro (GalleyCat)Matthew Santoro has landed a deal with Perigee, an imprint at Penguin Random House. This YouTube star’s channel boasts a following of 4 million subscribers.

Santoro (pictured, via) will write a book featuring unique and funny facts called Mind=Blown. The facts will cover a wide range of topics including history, science, and technology.

Collective Digital Studio and Marc Gerald, a literary agent at The Agency Group, negotiated the deal with Marian Lizzi, the editor in chief of Perigee. A publication date has been scheduled for August 2016.

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12. Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Barron’s

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring an editorial assistant, as well as a senior designer for Random House Children’s Books. Meanwhile, Barron’s Educational Series needs a production manager, and Oxford University Press is on the hunt for a production team leader. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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13. Amazon Makes It Easier to Share Passages From E-Books

Amazon is making it easier to share passages from Kindle books.

Kindle already allows readers to post passages from books to their social media feeds, but a new update is letting readers highlight quotes and send them to specific people through more channels. And it is easier for those friends to read the content. Essentially a reader can share highlights and quotes while they are reading a Kindle book via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email, text, etc. and determine the recipient.

The reader on the receiving end can read a free book preview from various devices be it a phone, tablet or PC without having to sign in or install an app. The new feature is now live in Kindle for Android, and coming to Kindle e-readers and other devices later this year.

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14. AASL Reveals Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has revealed a list of the best apps for teaching and learning.

The list includes lists of apps in five different categories that are aimed at learning. The categories include: books; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); organization & management; social sciences; and content creation. The apps include: David Wiesner’s Spot by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Loose Strands by Darned Socks Production; iBiome: Wetland by Spring Bay Studio; Remind by Remind 101 Inc.; and Amazing World Atlas by Lonely Planet, among others.

Here is more about the list from AASL’s site:

The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

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15. O Magazine’s Best Beach Reads of 2015

Oprah’s O Magazine has released its summer reading list. The list of “42 Amazing Beach Reads You Won’t Be Able to Put Down,” is featured in the magazine’s July issue, which has just hit newsstands.

The list includes reviews from Natalie Beach, Hamilton Cain, Leigh Haber, Sarah Meyer, Elyse Moody and Richard Nash. The leading book on the list is Bennington Girls Are Easy By Charlotte Silver, followed by In a Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware and Stalin’s Daughter By Rosemary Sullivan.

Andrea Gilles’s new novel, The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, and Blackout By Sarah Hepola, are among some of the other selections.

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16. Penguin Random House Upgrades Author Portal

Penguin Random House has introduced an upgraded version of the Penguin Random House Author Portal, an expansion on Random House Author Portals which now includes Penguin authors, as well as new features.

The tool allows authors and agents to access weekly sales and rights information about their titles, as well as check out royalty statements. The update brings a new design which is optimized for mobile, along with a tool for authors to view sales data on their dedicated-portal home page. The platform also includes a community contacts directory which allows authors to connect with other authors.

Follow this link to check out a video demo of the new platform.

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17. Jon Bernthal to Play The Punisher on Daredevil Series

Punisher (GalleyCat)Jon Bernthal has been cast as The Punisher for season two of Marvel’s Daredevil series. Bernthal has become well-known for playing Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead.

According to Nerdist.com, showrunner Marco Ramirez revealed that season two will focus on the conflicts between Daredevil and the infamous antihero. Netflix will air new episodes of this adaptation in 2016.

Here’s more from Deadline.com: “During Daredevil‘s first season, the main story arc was the struggle of Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) to stick to his vow never to kill. As The Punisher is, basically, a serial killer who targets criminals, his methods serve as a logical counterpoint to Daredevil’s more rigid moral compass. That said, word is that this is a more philosophical disagreement, rather than positioning The Punisher as Season 2’s villain.”

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18. Mary Badham to Read New Harper Lee Novel at the 92Y

gosetawatchmanMary Badham, the actress who portrayed young Scout Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will celebrate the release of Go Set a Watchman at a reading event. She plans to read from both the first Harper Lee novel and the highly anticipated sequel.

This event is scheduled to take place on July 14 at the 92Y in New York. For those who can’t make it in-person, it will also be broadcast live on the organization’s website.

Badham gave this statement in the press release: “Of course at age 10 I wasn’t aware of the impact Mockingbird had at the time, or the impact the film would have later, but it has been a special part of my life ever since. Now I am really excited about Watchman and being able to share it with Miss Nelle’s loyal and passionate fans.”

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19. E.L. James & Aziz Ansari Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

greyfrontWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 21, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Paperback Fiction) Grey by E.L. James: “Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg: “At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Hardcover Fiction) The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer: “To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job.   A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,, he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents…and, sometimes, its most closely-held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.” (June 2015)

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20. New York Public Library Hosts Display in Honor of Marriage Equality

NYPL 42nd StThe curators at the New York Public Library have put together a flash display called The Collections: Celebrating Marriage Equality.

This program was organized to honor the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to disallow the states from banning same-sex marriage. CNN.com reports that the United States has become the twenty-first country to legalize same-sex marriage.

According to the press release, visitors will find this display in Astor Hall of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The items being featured include a 1934 photo of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, a children’s book with a story about a same-sex wedding called Daddy’s Wedding, a copy of the 1963 edition of One magazine, a 1927 letter written by Virginia Woolf addressed to Vita Sackville-West, and a copy of The Surprising Adventures of a Female Husband! pamphlet. The opening date has been scheduled for June 26th.

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21. Sherman Alexie to Write His Debut Picture Book

Books Sherman AlexieNational Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie plans to write this debut picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Artist Yuyi Morales created the illustrations for this project.

Publisher Megan Tingley negotiated this deal with literary agents Nancy Stauffer and Charlotte Sheedy. Editor in chief Alvina Ling and associate editor Bethany Strout worked on editing the manuscript together. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release this book on May 03, 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “Thunder Boy Jr. tells the story of a little boy who is named after his dad. But Thunder Boy Jr. doesn’t want to share a name; he wants a name that is all his own, and he goes through many possibilities—Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth? Touch the Clouds? Old Toys Are Awesome? Just when all hope is lost, his dad helps him find the perfect name, one that celebrates the love between father and son.”

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22. Wizard of Oz & Avengers Mash-Up Video Goes Viral

Have you ever imagined the characters from the Wizard of Oz movie as superheroes? A YouTuber known as Darren Wallace has created a mash-up parody video inspired by The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Wizard of Oz.

The video embedded above features Ultron played by the heartless Tin Man, Thor played by the cowardly Lion, and Captain America played by the brainless Scarecrow. Thus far, it has drawn more than 1 million views on YouTube. (via Mashable.com)

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23. Actress Laura Prepon Inks Deal

6xTyfZik_200x200Actress Laura Prepon will collaborate with nutritionist Elizabeth Troy on a diet book entitled The Stash Plan. Prepon (pictured, via) is well-known for playing Donna Pinciotti on That 70’s Show and more recently, Alex Vause on Orange is the New Black.

This project promotes a 21-day weight loss plan that encourages readers to prepare “stashes” of nutritious foods and soups on a weekly basis. Touchstone, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has set the release date for March 2016.

Prepon gave this statement in the press release: “Throughout my life, I have tried many different diet plans, but none of them ever explained the underlying reasons for my weight issues and lack of energy. With The Stash Plan, Elizabeth and I provide the tools to take control of our bodies and health, as well as demystify the reasons why our bodies hold on to fat and don’t function the way we need them to. I’m passionate about sharing this revolutionary way of eating and healing with the world.”

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24. Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Twerk’ and ‘Cisgender’

Oxford DictionariesThe Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced the addition of approximately 500 new words. Some of the newly added words include twerk, cisgender, FLOTUS, jeggings, and totes.

Click on this link to check out the full list of new words. Katherine Connor Martin, the head of the United States Dictionaries, wrote an article about the newly added words.

Here’s an excerpt from Martin’s piece focusing on the word twerk: ”

The use of twerk to describe a type of dancing which emphasizes the performer’s posterior originated in the early 1990s in the New Orleans ‘bounce’ music scene, but the word itself seems to have its origins more than 170 years before. It was in use in English as a noun by 1820 (originally spelled ‘twirk’), referring to ‘a twisting or jerking movement; a twitch’: ‘Really the Germans do allow themselves such twists & twirks of the pen, that it would puzzle any one’ (Charles Clairmont, Letter, 26 Feb. 1820). Verbal use is first attested just a few decades later, and the ‘twerk’ spelling had come about by 1901. The precise origin of the word is uncertain, but it may be a blend of twist or twitch and jerk, with influence from quirk n.1 at the noun and from work v. in reference to the dance.

(via The Independent)

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25. Neil Gaiman to Write Scripts for American Gods TV Adaptation

American GodsEarlier this year, Starz gave the green light for a TV adaptation based on American Gods. Neil Gaiman, the author behind the book, will not only serve as an executive producer, but also a screenwriter.

Variety.com reports that fellow executive producer Bryan Fuller confirmed that Gaiman will write several episodes. When the announcement about the TV show was first made, Gaiman expressed that he feels “relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands.\"

Here’s more from Deadline.com: “The 2001 novel concerns a brewing war between old and new gods, with traditional gods from myth and religions steadily losing believers to deities that reflect more modern concerns, such as love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The book centers on Shadow Moon, an ex-con hired as a bodyguard by one of those older gods trying to push back against the new gods’ successes.”

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