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1. HarperCollins to Help Indie Bookstores With Express Shipping During Holidays

harpercollins-304HarperCollins Publishers has revealed plans for a new Holiday Express Shipping program to help support independent bookstores across the country during the holidays.

As part of the program, the publisher will ship all qualifying orders from participating stores that have been placed by 1:00pm (EST) out the next business day. If the titles are in stock, the books will be delivered within two business days. Reorders for HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing titles are all eligible for this program.

Here is more from the press release: “New title laydowns will continue to ship by the established on-sale date for each title. November 3, 2014 and running through January 16, 2015.”

 

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2. A New Orleans Pop Up Travel Book is Featured On Kickstarter

Artist Jamie Hayes hopes to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter for New Orleans Pops Up. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing this travel guide book.

With this book, Hayes will share history, personal stories, restaurant recommendations, and secrets about New Orleans. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“There will be lots of new illustrations designed specifically to ‘pop up.’ It’s going to be fantastic. It is not only a labor of love but quite different from printing a ‘regular’ book.”

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3. Free Samples of NBA’s Nonfiction Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Nonfiction Longlist includes the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category), a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and several distinguished historians. (more…)

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4. Dr. Seuss, Henry Kissinger, & Philippa Gregory Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

9780385382984We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Children’s Interest) Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr.Seuss: “Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of ‘lost’ tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!” (September 2014)

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5. Publishing Jobs: Random House, Schiffer Publishing, Applewood Books

This week, Random House is hiring an editor for Clarkson Potter, as well as an eBook specialist for its digital publishing group. Meanwhile, Schiffer Publishing needs a copy editor, and Applewood Books is seeking a content and production assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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6. ‘Alpha Billionaire’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

alphabillionaireAlpha Billionaire by Helen Cooper leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. (more…)

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7. E.R. Frank Inks YA Novel Deal With Atheneum Books for Young Readers

er-to-use-310x274E.R. Frank, an award-winning children’s books author and psychotherapist, will be publishing her first novel in ten years.

Frank’s (pictured, via) new book, entitled Dime, features an intense story about teen prostitution. Atheneum Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for summer 2015.

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Compass Talent literary agent Heather Schroder. Chanda will edit the manuscript himself.

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8. ‘The Fallen Angel’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

fallen207x330-84x133The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/15/14. Personal by Lee Child and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn also held top positions on this list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. (more…)

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9. Anti-Censorship Veteran Judy Platt Celebrates 35 Years With the AAP

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Judy Platt with Salman Rushdie, Sept 2004

Judy Platt is celebrating her 35th anniversary at The Association of American Publishers. The organization honored Platt with a lunch in DC today. As Director, Free Expression Advocacy, Platt heads up the AAP’s Freedom to Read Committee and the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee.

In her tenure with the group, Platt has led the AAP’s advocacy work against book censorship since before Banned Books Week started 32 years ago. She has been the AAP’s liaison with Banned Books Weeks since the movement began. During that time, Platt has seen book censorship movements evolve.

“I’d say that  in my early years at AAP the majority of censorship was focused on sexually explicit materials, or ‘pornography’ and efforts were  made to keep such materials away from adults as well as minors on the questionable assumption that access to such materials resulted in anti-social behavior,” she told GalleyCat via email. (more…)

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10. Comics Take Center Stage For This Year’s Banned Books Week Celebration

banned-comicsThe American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 21st to September 27th.

The organization plans to shine a spotlight on graphic novels and comics. Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee, had this statement in a press release: “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship.”

The American Library Association recently revealed the top ten list of most frequently challenged books for this year. Jeff Smith’s comic series, Bone, occupies the #10 spot. Earlier this year, Smith designed the cover for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook. Follow this link to access a free digital copy. Check out the entire list after the jump.

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11. Publishers Events During Banned Books Week

fafabuttonNext week is Banned Books Week and to help you celebrate, the Associate of American Publishers has put together a list of ways to participate in the celebration of censored book titles. AAP members Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic and Simon & Schuster have each created a way to help readers engage in the event, whose goal it is to promote the freedom to read.

Hachette is calling readers to share how a banned book has impacted their lives on the HBG Facebook page. HarperCollins is supporting online discussion forums on Epic Reads which will encourage discussions around banned books. Macmillan has created a website dedicated to The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander and Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, two previously banned books. Penguin Young Readers Group is encouraging readers to share selfies of themselves holding up a sign that reads, “I celebrate #BannedBooksWeek because …” and will give away prizes to participants. The publisher will also join in several #BannedBooksWeekTwitter chats during the week. (more…)

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12. Free Samples of the NBA’s Poetry Longlist

nbaThe National Book Foundation has revealed its Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 15. Here’s more from the release:

The Longlisted books range in style and content: from a single elegiac narrative poem to a provocative examination of race relations told in an experimental fusion of lyric, prose poems, and image. Among the poets on this year’s Longlist are two former National Book Award Finalists, two former Poets Laureate of the United States, a Pulitzer Prize winner, two Bollingen recipients, a Los Angeles Times Book Award winner, and a Whiting Writers’ Award winner.

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13. Shakespeare’s Works To Be Translated Into Mandarin

shakespeareThe British government plans to give £1.5 million (approximately $2.4 million) to the Royal Shakespeare Company. The organization has agreed to translate all of William Shakespeare’s writings into Mandarin.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “The grant, announced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, will finance a company tour of China in 2016 and allow for select Chinese dramatic works to be translated into English. In bringing Shakespeare’s canon of plays to readers, directors and actors in China, the government hopes to forge ‘stronger links with China,’ according to a statement by Sajid Javid, the British culture secretary.”

Throughout the last four hundred years, Shakespeare’s works have been translated into more than 80 different languages. What do you think?

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14. Scholastic Publishes the ‘Open a World of Possible’ Anthology as a Free eBook

scholasticlogo082310Scholastic has published a free eBook entitled Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading to celebrate the launch of its new literacy initiative.

This anthology contains over 100 stories and essays written by literacy experts and authors. The dedication in this book honors the late Walter Dean Myers and features his quote: “Once I began to read, I began to exist.”

Some of the contributors include bestselling author James Patterson, former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieska, and education expert Karen L. MappFollow this link to download the digital book.

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15. New Episode of ‘Elders React’ Features ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Trailer

How did you feel after watching the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer? Fine Brothers Entertainment (a.k.a. TheFineBros) has captured a hilarious panel of reactions in the latest episode of their YouTube series, “Elders React.”

The video embedded above features ten people watching a short clip with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson starring as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. This film adaptation will hit theaters on February 14, 2015.

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16. Josh Ashberry Overcomes eBook Poetry Issues

johnashberyEver since eBooks have come out, authors have been concerned about how their work is is represented in the digital format. This is an especially pertinent issue for poets, whose use of the line on the page is part of the work itself.

But as digital continues to evolve, eBook developers are better preserving line breaks and stanza spacing. Just ask John Ashbery. Just a few years back the poet demanded that four eBook collections of his poetry be pulled after the format mutilated the work. But the 87 year-old has not given up on the digital format and in conjunction with digital publishing house Open Road, has published 17 digital collections of his work. This time, the technology is much better than his first time out.  (more…)

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17. New Trailer Unleashed For ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1

Lionsgate has unleashed the official trailer for Mockingjay part one. The video embedded above offers glimpses of soldier Gale Hawthorne, former Hunger Games victor Peeta Mellark, and the reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen.

Throughout the past few months, several promotional videos have surfaced for this movie including two “Panem Addresses” from the villainous President Snow and a teaser trailer. The next installment of The Hunger Games film franchise will hit theaters on November 21, 2014.

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18. Authors United Calls on Amazon Board Members to Take a Stand

authorsunitedAuthors United, a group of more than 900 authors including Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins, which has been pushing Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette, has sent a letter to Amazon board of directors asking them: “Do you as an Amazon director approve of this policy of sanctioning books?”

The letter, which is published on the group’s site, calls on these 10 board members to take a side in the Amazon/Hachette dispute. Here is an excerpt:

We are confident that you, as an Amazon board member, prize books and freedom of expression as much as we do. Since its founding, Amazon has been a highly regarded and progressive brand. But if this is how Amazon continues to treat the literary community, how long will the company’s fine reputation last? We appeal to you, with hope and goodwill, to exercise your governance and put an end to the sanctioning of books, which are the very foundation of our culture and democracy.

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19. Peter Carey Refused to Ghostwrite Assange Memoir

careyassangePeter Carey did not mince words in a rather juicy interview to Bookseller today where the two-time Booker-winning novelist discussed his forthcoming novel Amnesia, along with an alliterative list of other topics currently on his mind: Amazon, Assange and Americans up for Bookers.

On Julian Assange, Carey said that he was approached by his American editor Sonny Mehta and asked if he would like to co-write the book. “But I thought, no. Two control freaks? It wouldn’t work.”

Probably a wise move since we all know what happened to the unlucky fellow who did take up the offer, novelist Andrew O’Hagan.

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20. Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

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21. Reading is Good For You: INFOGRAPHIC

readingisgoodforyouAs a GalleyCat reader, you are probably fond of reading. But did you know that reading is actually better at reducing stress than going for a walk or listening to music?

CBC Books and Canada’s National Reading Campaign have created an infographic which highlights all of the reasons that reading is good for you. According to the graphic, on average readers have better physical health, empathy and mental health. In addition, reading for as little as six minutes can reduce stress by 60 percent.

We’ve embedded the full infographic after the jump for you to explore further. (Via BestBookstoRead.info).

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22. ‘Of Mice & Men’ Theatrical Adaptation Starring James Franco to Hit Movie Theaters

ofmiceandmenIf you missed James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men in New York, don’t worry you may get your chance to see the play just yet.

The National Theatre Live filmed a performance of the Anna D. Shapiro-directed play and will be broadcasting the piece in movie theaters around the globe beginning on November 6th. Known for broadcasting filmed theatrical performances from UK theaters, this is the first time the National Theater Live has filmed a Broadway production.

The production company has yet to release their full theatrical screening schedule, but you can sign up for email alerts at this link.

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23. ‘Inside Stories’ Project Inspires Incarcerated Individuals to Create Children’s Books

CreateA United Kingdom-based charity organization called Create has launched a literary-theme initiative called “Inside Stories.” The mission is to introduce professional artists to incarcerated individuals so that they can work on a creative project together.

Once a pair is formed, the teams design and construct a children’s book. The prisoners typically send their finished books to their own offspring. What do you think?

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “The storybook illustrations chronicle the adventures of princesses, dragons, giant frogs and broom-riding witches, in the brightest of colors and textured materials. If your favorite childhood story was re-imagined by an outsider artist, it would probably look something like this…The initiative is as practically beneficial as it is emotionally. Numerous studies report links between family ties, post-release employment and recidivism.”

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24. Scott Campbell, Peter Mehlman, & Sally Wolfe Get Booked

Hug MachineHere 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.

Author and illustrator Scott Campbell will celebrate the launch of his new book, Hug Machine, at Books of Wonder. Join in on Tuesday, September 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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25. International Trailer For ‘Serena’ Unleashed

An international trailer has been unveiled for Serena. The story for this film adaptation is based on a Ron Rash novel that shares the same title.

The video embedded above features glimpses of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the primary protagonists, Serena and George Pemberton. Mashable reports that the film will hit theaters in the United Kingdom on October 24th; no United States release date has been announced yet.

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