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1. Rebel: A Stepbrother Romances Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

Rebel: A Stepbrother Romance by Kim Linwood 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.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of May 27, 2015

1. Rebel: A Stepbrother Romance by Kim Linwood: “I married my stepbrother. Yeah, no one’s more surprised than me. I can’t fucking stand him. All I wanted was a quiet summer before starting college. Catch up on my books.”

2. Knocked Up by the Bad Boy by Vanessa Waltz: “The only settling down I do is at night, when I take a girl home to f*ck. I get laid to unwind from the chaos in my life. I live to hear them scream my name, but one night is all they get.”

3. Blue Moon Brides Boxed Set: Books 1-3: “This boxed set includes the first three Blue Moon Brides books: TEMPTED BY THE PACK, PLEASURED BY THE PACK and CLAIMED BY THE PACK. Once in a blue moon… the Pack hunts for mates.”

4. Insatiable by J.D. Hawkins: “It’s not cocky when you’ve got the goods to back it up. Lust-maker. Pleasure giver. Fantasy creator. I can blow your mind in five seconds flat — but trust me, you’ll want this to last all night.”

5. Insatiable 2 by J.D. Hawkins: “It was supposed to be simple: I teach her a crash course in pleasure. No commitment. No strings. Now she’s found the perfect guy — and it’s not me. I should move on, but I need her. And I never back down from a fight.”

6. The Other Man by R.K. Lilley: “He was brazen as hell from the moment I laid eyes on him. He was aggressive, and dominant, with Mack truck arms, and a bar brawler voice.
He was too good looking for his own good, with a hard jaw, and harder eyes.
I’d always led a fairly peaceful life, but even I could tell at a glance that this man was dangerous. For so many reasons.”

7. Viper’s Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors Book 2 by S.E. Smith: “Prince Viper d’Rojah, a warrior from the Sarafin cat shifter species, is not happy when he is sent on a special mission by his older brother Vox, King of the Sarafin. The mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley.”

8. Bridenapped: The Alpha Chronicles by Georgette St. Clair: “Bridenapping? That old tradition where the Alpha grabs the bride of his choice and takes her back to his pack’s property to submit to his lustful demands? That’s so 19th century.”

9. PUCKED by Helen Hunting: “With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.”

10. Love, Laughter, and Steamy Ever Afters: “From the hot big city heroes that make us melt, to the sassy small town heroines that make us smile, this limited edition collection has something for everyone. Ten sexy and sweet full-length novels—a wide mix of fun, heart-tugging, addictively romantic love stories—each handpicked by an all-star gathering of ten of today’s most popular contemporary romance authors.”

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of May 27, 2015

1. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills By George J. Siedel

2. Bryony And Roses by T Kingfisher

3. Third Reality Revealed: Vision, Persistence, and Inventing a New Latino Identity by Third Reality Publications

4. His Bad Boy Ways By Faye Aden

5. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability By Rob Reinhardt, LPCS, M.Ed., NCC & Anne M. \"Nancy\" Wheeler

6. Everyone Is A Business – Orchestrating Innovation In Your Life, Career And Business by Paul McKey

7. Dragonoak: The Complete History of Kastelir by Sam Farren

8. Something Like Thunder by Jay Bell

9. Daughter of The Sun by Michael Lane

10. Our Universal Journey by George Kavassilas

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2. Why Don’t Books About Women Win Awards?

Novelist Nicola Griffith has analyzed the winning books of six major book awards over the last 15 years and has come to the conclusion that both women authors and story’s written from a woman’s perspective are less likely to win awards.

Griffith looked at data from the Pulitzer Prize, Man Booker Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Hugo Award and Newbery Medal. She found for instance that men were more likely to get a Pulitzer Prize. While women authors had won the award, it was only for works in which the narrative was from the man’s perspective or at least both a man and woman’s perspective. (No narratives written soley from a woman’s perspective won the award). Here is more from Griffith’s blog:

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that, when it comes to literary prizes, the more prestigious, influential and financially remunerative the award, the less likely the winner is to write about grown women. Either this means that women writers are self-censoring, or those who judge literary worthiness find women frightening, distasteful, or boring. Certainly the results argue for women’s perspectives being considered uninteresting or unworthy. Women seem to have literary cooties.

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3. Troy Little to Adapt a Hunter S. Thompson Book

Fear & Loathing in Las VegasComics artist Troy Little has landed a deal with IDW Publishing. Little plans to adapt the Hunter S. Thompson novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

The publisher has partnered with the Thompson estate for this project. Top Shelf Productions, an IDW imprint, has scheduled the release date for October 2015.

Thompson’s book was initially published as a two-part series in 1971 by Rolling Stone magazine. According to the press release, the story “follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.”

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4. Francis Lawrence to Direct The Odyssey Movies

Francis Lawrence (GalleyCat)Lionsgate plans to create an adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Variety.com reports that the movie studio intends to shoot at least two parts. Three members of the team behind The Hunger Game film franchise have come on board for this project.

Francis Lawrence (pictured, via) will take the helm as the director. Peter Craig will write the screenplay. Nina Jacobson will serve as a producer.

Here’s more from Deadline.com: “Lionsgate has put this on a fast track. The plan is to begin production early next year, right after the filmmakers complete promotion of Mockingjay – Part 2, which will be released November 20. Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig is overseeing this with exec production veep Jim Miller and development director James Myers. The project took root when Feig pitched it to Lawrence in Paris while they worked on the Hunger Games finale.” Click here to download a free digital copy of The Odyssey.

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5. Cover Revealed for New Cindy Pon Book

Cindy Pon Book (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Cindy Pon’s forthcoming book, Serpentine. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

According to the publisher’s Tumblr page, the story was “inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.” The publication date has been set for September 8th.

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6. New Neil Hilborn Poetry Video Goes Viral

Writer Neil Hilborn became an internet sensation for his poem, OCD. The video embedded above showcases Hilborn reciting a new piece called Joey.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 30,000 views on YouTube. “Joey” can be found in Hilborn’s new book Our Numbered Days; the full collection features 45 poems.

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7. McKenna Jordon Joins Minotaur Books Team

St. Martin's Press McKenna Jordan, the owner of the Murder By the Book store, has been brought on as an outside publishing consultant at the St. Martin’s Press imprint, Minotaur Books.

Jordan, whose shop is based in Houston, will continue to work as a bookseller in addition to performing the duties required of her in this newly created position. She will report to editorial director Kelley Ragland.

Jordan had this statement in the press release: “I am so very excited to be working with Andrew, Kelley and the rest of the staff at Minotaur Books! After years of hand-selling their titles on the front lines at Murder By The Book, I hope to be able to bring a unique, first-hand insight about how best to market and promote Minotaur titles to all consumers.”

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8. Tanith Lee Has Died

Tanith Lee, an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, has died. She was 67 years old.

The British author wrote more than 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as poems, four several radio plays, and television episodes. Lee’s publisher Tor revealed the sad news on their website yesterday. Here is more about Lee’s life from Tor:

Born in 1947 to two professional dancers, Lee grew up with a love of weird fiction, sci-fi, and Shakespeare. Struggling with then-undiagnosed dyslexia, Lee was unable to read until the age of 8, when her father taught her. Thereafter, she made up for lost time, publishing her first vignette at the age of 21. She worked various jobs as file clerk and assistant librarian as she sent out her work. Her first published novels were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard and Animal Castle, published by Macmillan in 1971 and 1972.

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9. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby House Hits the Market

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s former home in Great Neck, the location that inspired his classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” is for sale. The seller is looking to fetch $3.9 for the Long Island home.

According to the real estate listing, Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda rented the home for two years in the early 1920s. Check it out:

Zelda called it \"our nifty little Babbit-home at Great Neck,\" and it became their base for parties and visits to even more luxurious homes in the vicinity, which eventually became the class-conscious West Egg and East Egg of \"Gatsby.\"

Via The Los Angeles Times.

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10. Coldplay Puts On a Game of Thrones Musical

Have you ever envisioned Game of Thrones as a musical? Coldplay, a seven-time Grammy Award winning band, put on this hilarious show in honor of the Red Nose Day USA.

The video embedded above features appearances from several of the HBO series’ cast members such as Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Peter Dinklage. Thus far, it has drawn more than 7.7 million views on YouTube.

Some of the numbers featured in this project include “Rastafarian Targaryen” (sung by The Khaleesi herself), “Wildling” (a Jon Snow performance for Ygritte), and “Still Goin’ Strong” (a tune belted out by Tyrion Lannister). What’s your favorite song from this project? (via BuzzFeed)

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11. Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a designer for Random House Children’s Books, as well as a senior publicist for WaterBrook Multnomah. HarperCollins needs a senior designer, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group is on the hunt for an associate marketing manager. 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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12. Beach Town Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews has debuted on the iBooks bestsellers list this week at No. 14.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from i-books in the U.S. for week ending May 25, 2015. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins remained at No. 1. “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll held the No. 2 slot and “Paper Towns” by John Green was No. 3 on the list.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump.

iBooks U.S. Bestseller List – Paid Books 5/25/15

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – 9781476789651 – (Simon & Schuster) 3. Paper Towns by John Green – 9781101010938 – (Penguin Young Readers Group) 4. Memory Man by David Baldacci – 9781455586387 – (Grand Central Publishing) 5. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro – 9780316408769 – (Little, Brown and Company) 6. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James – 9781612130590 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 9781476746609 – (Scribner) 8. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – 9781612130613 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 9. The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child – 9780385531412 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – 9781466850606 – (St. Martin’s Press) 11. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – 9781607747314 – (Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony) 13. Gathering Prey by John Sandford – 9780698152519 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 14. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews – 9781466872912 – (St. Martin’s Press) 15. Saved by Kelly Elliott – 9780988707436 – (Kelly Elliott) 16. The Liar by Nora Roberts – 9780698161351 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 17. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – 9780062190413 – (William Morrow) 18. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – 9781476728766 – (Simon & Schuster) 19. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 9780440335160 – (Random House Publishing Group) 20. Stepbrother Charming by Nicole Snow – No ISBN Available – (Nicole Snow)

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13. Which Image Format Should I Use? INFOGRAPHIC

Are you working on a design project and unsure which image type to use?

Companyfolders.com has created an infographic to help you discern between the different file types and decide when a jpg is better than a EPS for instance. Check it out:

You’re finally done with your design project, you go to save your file, and suddenly you’re bombarded with over a dozen possible image file types to choose from. It can be a bewildering experience if you’re not sure what you’re doing or the difference between them, but we’re here to demystify the process for you by helping you understand the cold, hard truth: There are only a handful of image formats that really matter.

We’ve got the entire graphic for you after the jump.


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14. Skyhorse & Salon to Launch the Hot Books Imprint

skyhorsepublishing304Skyhorse Publishing and Salon founder David Talbot are partnering together to launch a new investigative imprint called “Hot Books.” According to the press release, the Hot Books mission is to “ignite national debate on the most urgent problems facing the country, filling the investigative gap left by newspapers and magazines as they cut their budgets for in-depth reporting.”

The editorial team at Hot Books will acquire manuscripts that focus on “controversial issues” written by “fearless authors.” Some of the titles slated for release include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dick Russell’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Rebecca Gordon’s American Nuremberg, and Mark Hertsgaard’s Bravehearts.

Skyhorse and Salon will build a “co-branded digital platform” for this new venture. The Salon website will feature content from Hot Books titles such as excerpts, scoops, and author interviews.

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15. BINC Reveals Higher Education Scholarship Winners

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has revealed the winners of its 2015 Higher Education Scholarship Program. The foundation has awarded $200,000 to 53 students to help fund their continuing education.

The winners were chosen from a group of 128 applicants. From PhDs in sociology to degrees in teaching, theater and library science, the scholarships will help fund the education of industry booksellers/owners or their dependents or former Borders employees or their dependents. Follow this link to see a complete list of winners.

The awards were broken down in denominations of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,500. The scholarships can be used toward tuition, school fees, books and supplies, as well as room and board.

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16. Gail Gonzales Moves to Rodale Books

rodale304Gail Gonzales will serve as a vice president and associate publisher at Rodale Books. Prior to this move, Gonzales worked as a director of integrated marketin at Simon & Schuster.

Gonzales’ start date has been scheduled for June 15th. She will report to senior vice president and publisher Mary Ann Naples.

For her new role, Gonzales will oversee the trade books division. According to the press release, some of the duties she will be charged with include developing “Rodale’s publishing program, as well as new products and initiatives with current and perspective authors and brands; cultivate synergy with Rodale magazines, integrated marketing team, and direct-to-consumer books group; and work closely with Macmillan.”

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17. British Publishers Win Suit Against eBook Pirates

A group of publishers in the UK have won a lawsuit against several overseas pirate websites that distribute eBooks for free in the UK without paying a royalty to the publishers or authors.

A ruling by the High Court in London determined that the sites violated the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The ruling requires British internet service providers (ISPs) including BT, Virgin Media and Sky to block access to the sites named in the complaint within 10 days.

The sites include: Ebookee, LibGen, AvaxHome, Freebookspot, Freshwap, Bookfi and Bookre. According to the Publishers Association UK, these sites host about “10,000,000 ebook titles and have been making substantial sums of money, primarily through referral fees and advertising. None of this money has been going back to either the publisher or the author(s) of the works.” (Via The Financial Times).

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18. John Scalzi Inks 13-Book Deal Contract with Tor

Bestselling author John Scalzi has inked a substantial book deal with Tor Books.

The sci-fi author will write thirteen books – 10 adult and three young adult titles – over the next 10 years for the publisher. The deal, reportedly $3.4 million, was led by Ethan Ellenberg of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. Titles will include a new far-future space opera series, as well as sequels to “Lock In.”

“Well, now I know what I’m doing for the next decade,\" said Scalzi in a statement. “And that’s a good thing. In an era when publishing is in flux, this contract with Tor will let me spend more of my time doing what readers want me to do: writing books and making new stories for them to enjoy. It also gives both me and Tor a stable, long-term base to grow our audience, not only among established science fiction and fantasy fans, but among readers of all sorts. Science fiction is mainstream culture now, and there are so many people discovering just how much there is to enjoy in these stories of ours. We have much more to share. That’s what we’re going to do.”

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19. Daily Mail Must Apologize to J.K. Rowling

A British court has ordered the publisher of the Daily Mail to apologize to J.K. Rowling for alleging that she made up a “sob story” from her days as a single mother.

The article, “How JK Rowling’s sob story about her single mother past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her”, was published by the Daily Mail in response to an article that she wrote an article for the single parent charity Gingerbread’s website about her experience. The Huffington Post UK has more about the defamatory article:

…the article alleged Rowling “had given a knowingly false account” and “falsely and inexcusably accused her fellow churchgoers of behaving in a bigoted, unchristian manner towards her, of stigmatising her and cruelly taunting her for being a single mother”.

The court found that article to be defamatory and ordered Associated Newspapers Ltd to pay damages to Rowling, which she plans to donate to charity.

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20. New York Poetry Festival Featured On Kickstarter

The Poetry Society of New York, the producers behind the 5th annual New York City Poetry Festival, have raised more than $12,000 on Kickstarter.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of hosting this year’s event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “This year we will welcome back more than 75 New York City poetry groups, including venerable institutions, upstarts, small presses, local reading series, literary journals, high school poetry teams, and more to The Festival’s three stages. If year’s past are any indication, over 250 poets will present, and we’ve already booked some incredible headliners: Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn!”

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. Cover Revealed For New Stephen King Book

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The cover for Stephen King’s The Bazaar of of Bad Dreams has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Follow this link to see the animated version of this jacket design.

Each short story in this collection is accompanied by a passage of commentary from King on his writing process. Some of the pieces featured in this book include “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” “Blockade Billy,” and “Drunken Fireworks.” Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has scheduled the release date for November 3rd.

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22. New Trailer Unleashed for Black Mass

Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed an official trailer for Black Mass. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger; this character is based on the real-life criminal who was one of the most wanted gangsters in United States history.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal. This movie is set to hit theaters on September 18th. (via Variety.com)

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23. Miramax Faces Lawsuit For Mr. Holmes Movie

Sir Ian McKellenThe estate of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have filed a copyright and trademark lawsuit against Miramax for the movie, Mr. Holmes. The film stars Sir Ian McKellen (pictured, via) as an elderly Sherlock Holmes.

The story for this film adaptation, based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, served as the inspiration for the script. Variety.com reports that Cullin and Penguin Random House, the publisher of Cullin’s book, have also been named defendants in the complaint.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “According to the complaint, Doyle’s public domain works ‘make references to Holmes’s retirement,’ but the ones still in copyright tell ‘much more about Sherlock Holmes’ retirement and later years,’ such as the detective’s attempt to solve one last case, how he ‘comes to love nature and dedicates himself to studying it,’ and how Holmes develops ‘a personal warmth and the capacity to express love for the first time.’ Mr. Holmes screenwriter Mitch Cullin allegedly took ‘protected elements of setting, plot, and character’ to create his work, setting up a defense that will likely explore what was covered in earlier Doyle work and what might be generic ideas not worthy of copyright protection.”

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24. Reese Witherspoon to Star in a Live-Action Tinker Bell Movie

Reese WitherspoonWith the success of live-action movies for Cinderella and Maleficent, Disney has announced that it will shoot a new movie starring Tinker Bell. This character originates from the beloved play, Peter Pan.

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon has signed on to play the titular role. In addition to her acting duties, Witherspoon will also serve as a producer for this project.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Initially a minor and nonspeaking character in J.M. Barrie’s Pan story, Tinker Bell has, since her appearance in Disney’s 1953 classic animated feature, become one of the symbols of Disney and is at the center of the lucrative Disney Fairies franchise. Peter Pan’s fairy companion has typically been portrayed as a temperamental character who can become dangerously jealous due to her unrequited love for the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” (via Variety.com)

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25. Nick Offerman, John Waters, & The Teen Author Carnival Get Booked

Teen Author Carnival (GalleyCat)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.

Twenty writers are set to participate in the Teen Author Carnival 2015. Check it out on Tuesday, May 26th at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Comedian Nick Offerman will appear at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) to talk about his new book, Gumption. See him on Tuesday, May 26th starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Filmmaker John Waters will headline the next event at the Bryant Park Reading Room. Meet him on Wednesday, May 27th starting 12:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the How I Learned series will focus on stories about school. Check it out on Wednesday, May 27th starting 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

The second annual Kids Author Carnival is taking place at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. Join in on Saturday, May 30th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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