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1. Ohio Pastor Urges Library to Pull Twilight Books

A pastor in Ohio has filed a complaint about vampire books in the YA section of his local library and asked that the titles be removed. Rachel Mead’s Blood Promise, Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series were all cited in his complaint.

Pastor Phillip Missick claims that the titles are “dark,” “sexual” and “dangerous for our kids.” ABC News has more:

Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald declined an interview but we have Library Director, Mary Cohn’s response to Missick’s complaint, as well as to a petition he had signed by a handful of local pastors. She noted only five percent of all the 1,500 titles in the teen section deal with occult, vampires and the supernatural, and then spoke to the mission of a public library saying materials should not be chosen or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

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2. New York is Getting a Floating Library

New York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

Here is more about the project from the website:

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House. (more…)

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3. Amazon’s eBook Collection Gets a New Book Every 5 Minutes

Feel like your novel is getting lost in a sea of other titles in Amazon’s Kindle store? It’s not surprising, as the store’s inventory is growing at an incredibly  rapid pace.

Just how fast? Author Claude Nougat has pegged it at 12 books an hour or about one new book every five minutes. He watched the collection grow from 3,376,174 results to 3,376,186 in an hour, in order to come to this conclusion. Here is more from his blog:

In 24 hours, the number had climbed to 3,378,960, that’s 2786 more books – let’s say, 2,800 a day, that’s over one million books per year – and probably growing at an exponential rate that I cannot calculate for the moment; I haven’t got the data though Amazon does (I wonder whether they are as scared as I am).

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4. David Gregory is Working on a Book

Journalist David Gregory may be out at Meet the Press, but he’s not out of work. According to reports, he is working on a book. Unlike many journalist memoirs, the book will not focus on Gregory’s career. Instead it will focus on his religious life.

TV Newser has more: “Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011 that will focus on his ‘personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.’”

The book is slated for release in 2015.

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5. Anna Shinoda: ‘Time away from a manuscript always gives me a better perspective for editing.’

Anna Shinoda devoted several years to her debut young adult novel, Learning Not to Drown. The story was influenced by Shinoda’s personal experiences with having an incarcerated sibling. We spoke with Shinoda to learn her thoughts on research, crafting realistic characters, and more. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: During SCBWI’s annual summer conference, I had manuscripts nominated for their Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award in both 2004 and 2006. While those nominations did not directly get me a book deal, they did lead to a connection with Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, who became my agent in 2006. In late 2008, after several rejections, Jennie called with the news that Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum was interested. I signed the contract and somewhere between my agent’s office and Caitlyn’s office, the contract got lost. Fortunately, when the mistake was caught a few months later, Caitlyn was still very much wanting to acquire the book.

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6. Marvel’s ‘AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ Exhibit Opens in New York City

Marvel’s AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has opened in New York City. Comic book fans will be able to enjoy this interactive exhibition at Discovery Times Square until January 05, 2015.

Visitors go through an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruitment simulation; this allows them access to information files about the superheros that makes up The Avengers. Some of the items on display include Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, and a hermetically sealed Chitauri.

Here’s more from the press release: “NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.”

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7. Dori Weintraub Named VP of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press

Dori Weintraub has been named vice president of publicity at St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan, Inc. She will oversee campaigns for both fiction and nonfiction titles.

Weintraub has devoted fourteen years of her career to this imprint. Prior to this appointment, she served as the vice president of marketing, communications, and audience development.

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8. Cate Blanchett & Christian Bale Sign on To Jungle Book Adaptation

Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale are the latest actors to sign on to star in Warner Bros.’ live action film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The two actors will star alongside Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan in the Andy Serkis-directed film.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop: “Bale will voice Bagheera, a fearsome panther, both of whom save Mowgli from the killer tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) and teach him the law of the jungle. Blanchett will voice Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli, while Hollander will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.”

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9. NY Artist Carves Books Into Beautiful Sculptures

New York-based artist Brian Dettmer uses old books to create beautiful sculptures. Dettmer uses knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve up the pages of a book. He does not add or move around content from the book, he only removes items to create new meanings with the page.

Here is more about the book from his artist’s statement: “The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is not alone is using books as a medium for art. Julia Strand and Mike Stillkey also work with old books in their creations.

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10. British Justice Ministers Defend Prison Book Ban

British justice ministers have defended their push to prevent prisoners in England and Wales from having family and friends send them books.

They argue that prisoners can earn the right to buy books through the prison’s book selling program through a new ”incentives and earned privileges” regime.

The Guardian has more: “Justice ministry officials say lifting the ban on sending in books would undermine the basis of the new regime. The prisons minister, Jeremy Wright, said: ‘The notion that we are banning books in prisons is complete nonsense. All prisoners can have up to 12 books in their cells at any one time, and all prisoners have access to the prison library. ‘Under the incentives and earned privileges scheme, if prisoners engage with their rehabilitation and comply with the regime, they can have greater access to funds to buy items, including books.’”

Writers have called the move barbaric, stressing the importance of reading as part of a prisoner’s rehabilitation.

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11. Which Celebrities Have the Most Autobiographies: INFOGRAPHIC

Love Reading has created an infographic called, “The 23 People With the Most Autobiographies in the World,” which highlights the celebrities with the most autobiographies.

According to the graphic, Ernest Hemingway, Barack Obama and Chelsea Handler made the list. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.

Check it out: “In today’s celebrity obsessed society, we’re continually looking for a chance to gleam an insight into the lives of our most valued icons. This infographic from Love Reading delves into the most prolific autobiographers, and what they’ve done to entitle them to such fastidious memoir-writing.” (more…)

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12. Capstone Inks Distribution Deal With Scribd’s eBook Service

Children’s publisher Capstone Young Readers has signed a distribution agreement with eBook subscription service Scribd. The partnership brings 500 new children’s eBooks to the platform, expanding Scribd’s children’s selection significantly.

This includes titles from Capstone’s licensing partnerships with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment. Titles include: You Choose: Scooby-Doo, Sports Illustrated Kids Rookie Books, Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels and Sports Illustrated Kids Victory School Superstars, as well as Tony Hawk books. The selection also includes a number of toddler and picture books.

Scribd competitor Oyster added kids books to its collection back in February. Their collection includes Disney books.

 

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13. A Manatee Picture Book is Featured On Kickstarter

Christopher Straub, a designer who has appeared on the sixth season of the Project Runway TV series, has hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter. Straub hopes to self-publish a children’s book entitled Albert the Confused Manatee and produce a toy of the title character.

The funds will be used to cover the printing and manufacturing costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

Albert the Confused Manatee is a story about one animal’s quest to figure out what kind of animal he is. With the help of his 15 underwater friends Albert learns that, even though they have differences they also have a lot in common.”

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14. Cote de Pablo & Rachel Brosnahan to Star in ‘The Dovekeepers’ Miniseries

Two ladies have joined the cast for The Dovekeepers adaptation. Deadline reports that Cote de Pablo will portray Shirah and Rachel Brosnahan will portray Yael.

The filmmaking team still has to cast two actors to play the lead protagonists Revka and Aziza. The story takes place in ancient Israel.

Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, released Alice Hoffman’s novel back in October 2011. CBS plans to air this four-hour TV miniseries in 2015.

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15. Amanda Palmer Reveals Cover For ‘The Art of Asking’


Musician Amanda Palmer has revealed the jacket of her forthcoming book. What do you think?

Grand Central Publishing will release The Art of Asking on November 11, 2014. Over at her blog, Palmer has shared several (NSFW) behind-the-scenes photos from the cover shoot.

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16. Publishing Jobs: Macmillan, Crown Publishing, Countryman Press

This week, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is hiring a production editor, as well as a senior production editor. Meanwhile, Crown Publishing Group is seeking a marketing manager, and Countryman Press needs an editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

  • Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Senior Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Marketing Manager Crown Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Editor Countryman Press (New York, NY)
  • Project Manager Greenleaf Book Group (Austin, TX)

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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17. ‘LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology’ Self-Published Bestsellers List

 LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology Collection 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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18. Dan Santat Completes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dan Santat, a children’s books author and illustrator, has completed the #IceBucketChallenge. The video embedded above features Santat performing the activity in support of the ALS Association.

Before dousing himself with the ice water, Santat requested two colleagues, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jenni Holm, and the Sesame Street character Elmo follow in his footsteps. Which writers would you nominate to pick up this challenge? (via Dan Santat’s Facebook page)

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19. South Asian Fiction, Picture Books, & Thriller Novels Get Booked

Here 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.

Three writers will appear for a night to discuss new South Asian fiction. Join in on Thursday, August 21st at Politics & Prose Bookstore starting 7 p.m. (Washington, D.C.)

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20. Maureen Johnson Posts Part 1 of a ‘Shades of London’ Prequel on Wattpad

Young adult writer Maureen Johnson has penned a short story, a prequel to the Shades of London series, called “The Boy in the Smoke.”

Readers will be able to access it for free on the social storytelling website, Wattpad. So far, a section of it has been posted online. Three more parts will be unleashed throughout the rest of the month.

Here’s more from the press release: “‘The Boy in The Smoke’ takes place before The Name of The Star, the first of the Shades of London series, and details the events that led to Stephen Dene developing the ‘sight’ that brought him to his unusual occupation as de facto leader of the Shades, London’s secret ghost-fighting police. A section of the short story will release every Monday for a month, beginning on August, 18th, till the story is published in its entirety.”

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21. Eckhart Tolle Launches New Imprint at New World Library

World-renowned writer Eckhart Tolle (pictured, via) will launch the Eckhart Tolle Editions imprint at New World Library.

The executives behind this imprint have been working on two books: Susan Stiffelman’s Parenting with Presence and Steve Taylor’s The Calm Center: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations. Both titles are slated for a Spring 2015 release.

Here’s more from the press release: “Tolle will work to identify and develop titles for the line, most of them written by other teachers and authors he has encountered over his past two decades of teaching. He will write a foreword for each title in the imprint and use his formidable social media presence — 1.2 million Facebook fans, 345,000 Twitter followers, and 120,000 YouTube subscribers — to promote them. Eckhart Tolle Editions aims to reach a broad audience of spiritual seekers.”

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22. The Best American Comics Series 2014 Issue Drops in October

The 2014 edition of The Best American Comics comes out this October, a collection of the best comics and webcomics of the year.

The collection features pieces from Allie Brosh, Raina Telgemeier, Nina Bujevac, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jamie Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware, among others.

Comics expert Scott McCloud edited the volume. The book goes on sale on October 7th. You can read more at this link.

 

 

 

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23. ‘Biology’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Biology by Joseph S. Levine & Kenneth R. Miller has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 6.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/18/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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

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24. Jarrett J. Krosoczka On Finding Inspiration in a School Cafeteria

Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie.

In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.

Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk in less than 4 hours.

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25. New Management Could Threaten World’s Largest Sci-Fi Library

Science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson has raised concerns that new management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection – the world’s largest public science fiction and fantasy library in the world housed at the University of California Riverside- could threaten the institution.

Hopkinson, who teaches at the university, wrote a blog post this week claiming that  new management at the library has plans to drastically reduce the collection size. Check it out:

Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton’s holdings, its value to researchers and as a repository of our community’s history, and its standing as a world-class archive. Meetings with the staff of the Eaton have been productive, collegial gatherings. Meetings to negotiate with the new library administration, not so much. It’s putting the faculty of the research cluster in the alarming position of having to protect the very collection we’re charged with fostering. We’re dealing with the new library admins’ efforts to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field, and with what we’d characterize as harassment of staff, who’ve demonstrated extreme competence over the years. (Via Sciencefiction.com)

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