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1. Malala Yousafzai Launches the #BooksNotBullets Hashtag

Nobel laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai has launched the #BooksNotBullets social media hashtag. In honor of her eighteenth birthday, she hopes that world leaders will consider redirecting eight days’ worth of military spending for educational pursuits.

According to the Malala Fund Blog, this act would raise $39 billion which could “provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet.” To promote this agenda, Malala hopes to inspire followers to post a photo of themselves holding one of their favorite books and a statement on why they prefer “books not bullets.”

Malala herself kicked things off on Instagram with a picture of herself and a copy of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Author James Patterson joined in by sharing the following message on Facebook: “Peter Pan inspires me to this day. That’s the power of books and education.” Click here to watch a video that showcases Malala’s 2015 Oslo Education Summit address.

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2. David Hackett Fischer Wins Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing

David Hackett Fischer  (GalleyCat)David Hackett Fischer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, has won the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Fischer will also receive $100,000 in prize money.

Here’s more from the press release: “Author of 15 major publications on topics ranging from the American Revolution to the logic of historical thought, Fischer received the American Enterprise Institute’s Irving Kristol Award in 2006 for his ‘pivotal role in reviving popular and academic interest in American history and its lessons for the present.’ Among his notable works are bestsellers and award-winners like Washington’s Crossing (Oxford University Press, 2004), a National Book Award finalist and 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for history; Paul Revere’s Ride (Oxford, 1994), a 1996 Boston Globe Top 10 Book of the Year; Champlain’s Dream (Simon & Schuster/Knopf Canada, 2008), an internationally acclaimed biography published in English and French; and Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (Oxford, 1989), a groundbreaking study of the roots of essential American traits—a second volume of which is now in progress.”

Fischer will accept this award at a gala event which will be held at the Hilton Chicago on November 7. Some of the past winners include Sir Max Hastings, Allan Millett, and Tim O’Brien.

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3. Margaret Atwood to Create Cartoons For a Comics Anthology

Margaret AtwoodAward-winning author Margaret Atwood has become well-known for writing novels, short stories, and children’s books. Now, she will also add “comics artist” to her résumé.

Atwood has agreed to produce artwork for an anthology called The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. According to the Kickstarter page for this book, she “will be contributing her own drawn cartoons detailing her personal experiences as a young woman, created specifically for this project.”

Publisher Hope Nicholson describes this book as a collection of dating and love stories from both the fans and creatives behind video games, comic books, and science-fiction works. To date, this crowdfunding campaign has received more than $60,000 in donations; the initial fundraising goal was set at around $30,000. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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4. Cover Revealed for New Johanna Basford Coloring Book

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford (Galleycat)

Artist Johanna Basford has unveiled the cover for Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to the press release, some of the images being featured in this adult coloring book include “exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses.” Penguin Random House has scheduled the publication date for October 27.

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5. How Google Doodles Help Authors Become More Popular

Not surprisingly having a Google Doodle can help spike an interest in an author.

For example, when Google featured a Google Doodle of Mark Twain in November 2011 to celebrate his 176th birthday, searches for the author reached an all time high. The majority of those searches came from the United States and related searches that trended included: “quotes mark twain,” “mark twain quotes,” “about mark twain,” and “mark twain school.”

You can explore how this feature has influenced the online popularity of other authors using this Google Trends tool.

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6. Literary Events This Week: Rocker Corey Taylor and the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration

Summer-ReadingHere 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.

Rock star Corey Taylor and radio personality Lou Brutus will sit for a conversation about Taylor’s new book, You’re Making Me Hate You. Meet them on Wednesday, July 8th at Bryant Park from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (New York, NY)

More than one dozen children’s books creators will appear at the Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration. Check it out on Saturday, July 11th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Queens, NY)

The next session of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature a dual paperback launch for A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor and Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. Join in on Monday, July 13th at the Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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7. NYPL’s Rose Reading Room Won’t Reopen Until 2017

The Rose Main Reading Room at The New York Public Library’s main branch will remain closed until 2017, after inspectors discovered asbestos while fixing structural damage.

In May 2014, a plaster rosette fell from the ceiling, and the room along with the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room has been shut since for repairs. The library recently revealed the latest status including that they discovered asbestos “in a closed attic above the Rose Main Reading Room.” Here is more from the library’s website update:

Asbestos is commonly found in many older buildings in New York. While we have since removed that asbestos, an examination of the ceiling of the McGraw Rotunda revealed asbestos above the ceiling in an area not accessible to the public or staff, the removal of which is in progress.

The library plans to reopen the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room by fall 2016 and the Rose Main Reading Room by early 2017.

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8. Here’s How to Properly Use a Semicolon

Have you ever feared the semicolon? Get ready to tackle this fear with a grammar lesson from the TED-Ed team.

The animated video embedded above features a three-minute lesson to discuss the semicolon and demonstrate its proper usage. Over at the TED-Ed website, viewers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.

Click here to check out a comic by The Oatmeal for more information about the semi colon. What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

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9. Warren Ellis & Jason Masters to Create a James Bond Comic Series

007 logo (GalleyCat)Last year, Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. announced a new partnership to create several new products centered on the legendary James Bond. The two companies recently announced that Warren Ellis has been hired as the writer and Jason Masters has been brought on as the artist for the James Bond 007 comic book series.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The first six issue arc of the series will be titled ‘VARGR,’ and feature the return of a young Bond to London after a mission in Helsinki, only to inherit a mission left incomplete after the death of a fellow agent. James Bond 007 will launch in comic book stores and digitally in November.”

According to Comic Book Resources, some of the other Bond-related projects in the pipeline include adaptations based on Ian Fleming’s original books and a James Bond origin story. The origin story project will take readers to a time prior to the events of the Casino Royale novel. (via io9)

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10. Apple to Pay $450M in E-Book Case

Apple will pay consumers $450 million as part of its settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The ruling, which was filed last week, comes after a settlement between Apple and the DOJ last summer. Reuters has the scoop:

By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence.

“While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values,” Apple said in a statement. “We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps.”

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11. French Comics Come to Digital English Language Market

Good news for comic book fans. French independent comic book publisher Delcourt Group has debuted an exclusive line of English language digital comics through comiXology, the Amazon owned digital comic book publisher.

This release is the first time that Delcourt has made its content available directly to the English language market. The new line launches with three titles this week including The Curse of the Wendigo from artist Charlie Adlard known for his work on The Walking Dead.

\"The French comic market is one of the most diverse in the world, and it’s fantastic to be a part of this game-changing deal with Delcourt,\" stated co-founder and CEO of comiXology David Steinberger. \"The English language audience is more diverse than ever and Delcourt’s compelling titles will speak to comiXology fans. It’s high time that French comics take their rightful place as a major comics category – today marks the beginning of the ‘French Invasion’ of comics in the English language market!\"

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12. Trailer Unveiled For Charlotte’s Web eBook

Earlier this year, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced that three E.B. White novels will be published as eBooks for the first time: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. The company has created a book trailer for the digital edition of Charlotte’s Web.

The video embedded above features a young reader, a cute pig, and a special message crafted with spider web. Earlier this year, the team at BBC.com conducted a survey and found that Charlotte’s Web was voted the most popular children’s book of all time.

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13. Amazon to Run ‘Prime Day’ Sale

Amazon turns 20 next week and to celebrate, the online retail giant is running a Prime Day sale on July 15.

The promotion, which Amazon promises to offer “more deals than Black Friday” is available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.

The effort, a push to support the company’s Prime business, will feature Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day and of course, free shipping. Amazon hasn’t revealed the products that will be featured as of yet, but according to the site the sale will feature deals on “electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more.”

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14. Ben Mezrich on Picking Stories to Focus On

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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15. Ben Mezrich On Picking Stories to Tell

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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16. Cover Revealed for New Emil Ostrovski Book

Away We Go Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Emil Ostrovski’s young adult novel, Away We Go. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Tim Smith served as the designer for this project. This book will be published on February 02, 2016.

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17. Nora Cooper Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you deal with difficult moments? Writer Nora Cooper has crafted a poem called I Won’t Write Your Obituary.

The video embedded above features Cooper’s performance at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Thus far, this emotional piece has drawn more than 63,000 views on YouTube.

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18. Former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to Collaborate On a Book

BloomsburyTom Daschle, the former Senator of South Dakota (democrat), and Trent Lott, the former Senator of Mississippi (republican), have joined forces. The two politicians plan to collaborate on a book entitled Crisis Point: Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.

Anton Mueller, an executive editor at Bloomsbury, negotiated the terms of this deal. The publishing house has scheduled the release date for January 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “In their book, the senators argue that the health of our democracy is dependent not only on the free exchange of conflicting ideas, but on the imperative of compromise. Compromise is not, as many would have it today, an indication of weakness; rather, it requires superior leadership, vision, and courage. The senators also offer practical recommendations to address the many other factors that exacerbate partisanship.”

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19. Innovation Arts Creates a Graphic Novella For TED Global

ted logoCouldn’t make it to the TED Global conference? The Innovation Arts organization has create a graphic novella to recap the event.

According to the TED blog, the book is entitled Beyond the Edge. It features an infomural on the last page.

Every talk given at this conference was captured by a three-panel comic piece. Some of the subjects that were discussed include addiction, photography, and climate change. Follow this link to download a free digital copy.

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20. Small Press Expo Featured On Kickstarter

The organizers behind the St. Louis Small Press Expo have hope to raise $2,500.00 on Kickstarter. Over 60 vendors and small presses will participate in this event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “The St. Louis Small Press Expo (SPEx) celebrates all these publishers (and more) by connecting them together, and to the public. It hosts a yearly – daring, sparkly, diverse, badass, free-entry – DIY bookfair. In 2014, the event featured 44 publishers and had over 400 guests.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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21. Todd S. Purdum Inks Deal For a Rodgers & Hammerstein Biography

Henry-Holt-130Journalist Todd S. Purdum has landed a deal with Henry Holt. Purdum will write a biography profiling musical theater icons Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

The publisher has set the release date for Spring 2018. It was chosen to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the opening of their acclaimed Broadway show, Oklahoma!.

Purdum had this statement in the press release: “These are the songs and stories I grew up with, the original cast albums that my parents played till they were worn thin, and I could sing the scores in in my sleep. In watching the joy with which my own children have discovered Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the enormous worldwide commercial and critical success their work still enjoys, I became certain that the fascinating story of their collaboration was ripe for a fresh telling, not only to the Baby Boomers who love The Sound of Music, but to even younger generations who will appreciate the pioneering contributions this team made to one of America’s most important native arts.”

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22. James Patterson to Give Away $1.75 Million to School Libraries

James Patterson 200 (GalleyCat)Back in March 2015, James Patterson (pictured, via) and the Scholastic Reading Club established a partnership to help school libraries. Initially, Patterson vowed to give away $1.25 million.

Since this announcement was made, over 28,000 applications were sent in vying for these funding grants. In consideration of all these requests, Patterson has decided to increase his donation amount to $1.75 million. So far, $500,000 has been handed out to 127 different schools.

Here’s more from the press release: “Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar with bonus points that allow teachers to buy materials, including books, for their classrooms…With the school library initiative, Patterson’s mandate was to make the application process as simple as possible for librarians. The online application poses a single question: ‘What would your school library do with $1,000 to $10,000?'”

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23. Nina George & Robert Kurson Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

The Little Paris BookShop (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 28, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #11 in Hardcover Fiction) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #13 in Hardcover Fiction) The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera: ” A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson: “Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister.” (June 2015)

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24. Netflix Unveils Teaser for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

A teaser trailer has been unveiled for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. This show was inspired by Lemony Snicket’s popular children’s book series.

The video embedded above features spiders, the shadow of the villainous Count Olaf, and a song by the Dresden Dolls called “Missed Me.” The first season will be made available in 2016. (via BuzzFeed)

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25. Theodore Weesner Has Died

Car Thief Cover (GalleyCat)Writer Theodore Weesner has died. He was 79 years old.

As an author, Weesner was best known for his debut novel The Car Thief. He followed-up this work with five other novels and one short story collection.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “He taught for years at the University of New Hampshire and later at Emerson College. His other books include Winning the City, a 1990 novel about a high school basketball player; a story collection, Children’s Hearts (1992); and a 2000 novel, Harbor Lights, about a lobster man facing death from cancer.”

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