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1. 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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2. 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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3. The Most Popular Book Based on the State Where It Is Set

Hunter S. Thompson‘s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is the most popular book set in Nevada and “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck is the most popular book set in California, according to Mic.com.

The news site has created a map of the most popular books set in each state. Here is how they calculated the score:

Each state’s representative fiction book was chosen based on Goodreads scores for series with over 50,000 ratings. If no book from the state reached that vote threshold, we selected the highest-rated in the closest tier of votes. No parts of series that cannot stand alone were included; in other words, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz qualified while Twilight did not.

Follow this link to explore the entire map.

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4. Orion Book Award Finalists Revealed

Orion, the bimonthly magazine that publishes writing that explores the connection between nature and culture, has revealed the finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award.

The books were chosen based on their ability to “deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing.” Five fiction finalists and five nonfiction finalists were selected.

The five fiction finalists for the 2015 Orion Book Award are: “The Bees” by Laline Paull (Ecco); “Divine Animal” by Scott Russell Sanders (Earth Works Publishing); “Invisible Beasts” by Sharona Muir (Bellevue Literary Press); “The Land of Love and Drowning” by Tiphanie Yanique (Riverhead Books); and “Long Man” by Amy Greene (Alfred A. Knopf).

The five nonfiction finalists include: “A Country Called Childhood” by Jay Griffiths (Counterpoint); “Feral” by George Monbiot (The University of Chicago Press); “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company); “Windfall” by McKenzie Funk (The Penguin Press); and “Zoologies” by Alison Hawthorne Deming (Milkweed Editions).

The winners will be announced in the second week of June.

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5. Children’s Book Wins Australian Book Awards Book of the Year

“The 52-Storey Treehouse” by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton has won book of the year at the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards. The book’s publisher, Macmillan Pan Macmillan Australia, won the publisher of the year.

The book follows the adventures of two the two creators as they try to build a massive tree house. Here is more from the book’s description:

Andy and Terry’s incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve – where is Mr Big Nose???

“Lost & Found” by Brooke Davis won the award for best general fiction book. “Foreign Soil” by Maxine Beneba Clarke won the award for best literary fiction book. “Where Song Began” by Tim Low won the prize for best general nonfiction book of the year.

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6. The Voice Coaches Compose Acrostic Poems

Have you ever composed an acrostic poem? The process involves taking the first letter of a word and spelling out new words to form a cohesive piece. The video embedded above showcases the four superstar coaches of The Voice dabbling in this art form.

Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 wrote pieces for the other. Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams paired off to produce pieces about one another. What do you think?

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7. Noelle Stevenson, Tom Brokaw, & Dr. Seuss Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Nimona Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 17, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #8 in Young Adult) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: “Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Hardcover Nonfiction) A Lucky Life Interrupted by Tom Brokaw: “Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news: He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #14 in Children’s Illustrated) Seuss-Isms! by Dr. Seuss: “The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. Featuring over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection is, indeed, a perfect gift for those just starting out…or those who are already on their way!” (January 2015)

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8. Mindy Kaling & BJ Novak May Collaborate On a Book

Mindy Kaling & BJ Novak (GalleyCat)Rumors have been buzzing that actors Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak plan to collaborate on a new book together. According to Jezebel, they will earn $7.5 million for this project.

Kaling and Novak (pictured, via) both starred in the American version of The Office T.V. show, but off-camera these two have been involved with one another in a complicated romance. Their off-and-on relationship will be the focus of the project. Reportedly, this couple will make a formal announcement about the book during a panel at BookCon 2015.

Here’s more from the New York Daily News: “Kaling soon may have fodder for another book after this is all over. While the collaboration with Novak is to be published by a yet-to-be-named Random House imprint, her essay collection is being put out Sept. 29 by Crown Books — a direct competitor. There’s a rumor among publishing insiders that Random House could be using Kaling and Novak’s book to launch a new imprint that could appeal to authors with sensibilities and followings similar to those of the two ‘Office’ stars.” (via Vulture.com)

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9. Harlequin & HarperCollins to Launch New Audio Imprint

Harlequin Logo (GalleyCat)Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers will launch a new imprint called Harlequin Audio. The executives at this imprint will produce audio editions of books on the Harlequin list.

For the first year of operations, the team behind Harlequin Audio plans to release 200 titles. The inaugural roster of audiobooks will come out on June 30th.

Here’s more from the press release: “Harlequin Audio, in conjunction with HarperAudio, will work directly with digital audio distributors to provide full distribution to the retail and library markets. Furthermore, Harlequin Audio will distribute physical CD versions of all titles through relationships with Blackstone Audio and Midwest Tape.”

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10. Trailer Unveiled For Batkid Begins Documentary

A trailer has been unleashed for Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World. The video embedded above stars a five year old leukemia patient named Miles Scott who yearned to be Batman for one day.

The story chronicles how more than 25,000 people came together to make that wish come true. A limited theatrical release has been scheduled for June 26th. (via USA Today)

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11. Herman Wouk Pens Book to Celebrate 100th Birthday

Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Herman Wouk is turning 100 next week. To celebrate, he is writing a book.

His book “Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author” will come out from Simon & Schuster this December. The memoir will cover Wouk’s years in the Navy during World War II, the inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Caine Mutiny.” The new book is already available for presale on Amazon.

The Associated Press has more: “In a statement issued through Simon & Schuster, Wouk calls his new work a “light-hearted memoir” and thanks readers who have stayed with him “for the long pull.””

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12. Jeff VanderMeer Inks Deal With Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Jeff VandeMeer (GalleyCat)Author Jeff VanderMeer has inked with Macmillan for a new novel.

Borne is slated to be released in 2016. Sean McDonald, an executive editor and vice president at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, negotiated the deal with Sally Harding, a literary agent at The Cooke Agency.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Borne is set in the future, where a woman named Rachel, scavenging for usable detritus, stumbles upon a creature she calls the Borne, whose origins and composition are mysterious. Is it an animal or plant? A deity, or a cruel experiment?” (Photo Credit: Kyle Cassidy)

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13. Digital Novel Published Via BitTorrent Bundle Draws 700K Downloads

“H8 Society – How an Atomic Fart Saved the World”” by 2Dans has seen more than 700,000 downloads since the digital novel was first available through an H8 Society BitTorrent Bundle on May 7th.

The interactive digital novel is a dark comedy featuring 26 indie songs created by 4,000 global artists and graphics from Bill Sienkiewicz, H8 Society Art Director & illustrator, known globally for his work with DC & Marvel Comics.

Music id core to the story and each song helps progress the story and develop specific characters and events. The authors modified the 374-page novel by embedding audio files and social sharing tools to help give readers the chance to share content. Follow this link to download the book.

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14. Historian Claims to Have Uncovered a Portrait of William Shakespeare

A historian named Mark Griffiths claims to have uncovered “the true face of” William Shakespeare. According to Country Life magazine, this likeness of the Bard can be found on the title page of John Gerard‘s 1597 botany book, The Herball.

The video embedded features Griffiths recounting how he made this discovery. Below, we’ve posted the cover from the May 2015 issue of Country Life magazine which showcases Shakespeare’s portrait.

The world’s greatest English playwright lived from 1564 to 1616. Given the publication date of Gerard’s plant tome, this means that the image was created during Shakespeare’s lifetime. The Guardian reports that “the only known authentic likenesses of Shakespeare are in the First Folio and the effigy on his monument at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Both of these were made posthumously.” (via CNN.com)

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15. Bibliophile Launches Reading-Themed Instagram Project

BOOK'S CALLING (GalleyCat)One bibliophile named Jakub Pavlovský has launched an instagram account called “BOOK’S CALLING.” Through this social media channel, he displays photos of himself reading print books in different environments.

According to BoredPanda.com, Pavlovský aims to inspire people to value “the beauty of stories written on paper.” He has designated the following motto for this project: “Make Time For Reading. Anywhere, Anytime.”

Pavlovský typically features a different quote about reading for each post. Some of the books he has read include The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and Inferno by Dan Brown.

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16. Margaret Atwood Adds Manuscript to Future Library

Margaret Atwood is the first author invited to participate in the Future Library, a time capsule of culture built in Norway last year that won’t been seen until 2114.

The Canadian author is adding her manuscript to the time capsule next week and to mark the occasion, she published some thoughts on Wattpad about the who experience. Check it out:

As a child, I was one of those who buried treasures in jars, with the idea that someone, some day, might come along and dig them up. I found similar things while digging in the various gardens I have made: old nails, old medicine bottles, fragments of china plates. Once in the Canadian arctic, I found a tiny doll carved of wood – rare wood, for no trees grow there and such a piece of wood must have been driftwood. That is what the Future Library is like, in part: it will contain fragments of lives that were once lived, and that are now past. But all writing is a method of preserving and transmitting the human voice.

The novel is part of The Future Library project, spearheaded by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. The project organizers planted 1,000 trees in Norway to supply the paper to print a collection of books in 2114. They plan to invite one writer a year to contribute a new text and print all of the books in 100 years.

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17. Melissa Lozada-Oliva Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you respond in a name calling situation? Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva has crafted a response message (complete with NSFW language).

The video embedded above features Lozada-Oliva’s performance at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Follow this link to listen to another one of her pieces.

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18. International trailer Unveiled For Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A new international trailer has been unveiled for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Jesse Andrews adapted his 2012 young adult novel for the screenplay. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Thomas Mann as Greg, RJ Cyler as Earl, and Olivia Cooke as Rachel.

A screening was held at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for June 12th. Follow this link to watch the first trailer. (via MTV.com)

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19. Publishing Jobs: Palgrave Macmillan, Basic Books

This week, Palgrave Macmillan is hiring an editor of economics and finance, while Basic Books needs a publicist. Quarto Publishing Group is seeking a publicist, and World Scientific Publishing Co. is on the hunt for an acquisitions editor. 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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20. Osama Bin Laden’s Reading List

The United States has declassified a number of documents that were confiscated during the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan during which he was assassinated. Among the trove of documents, there were also 39 English-language books on his book shelves.

The former Al-Quaeda leader owned a number of titles by Western writers that were critical of the United States, as well as books on Islam. His reading list included: “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward; “America’s Strategic Blunders” by Willard Matthias;  “America’s ‘War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky; and  “New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11″ by David Ray Griffin, among others.

Follow this link to check out the entire list.

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21. Bob Woodward On Bin Laden Reading Obama’s Wars

Journalist & author Bob Woodward thinks that Osama Bin Laden didn’t read his book closely enough. If he did, he might not have lived in the Pakistan hideout.

Woodward shared his opinion with The Washington Post after news came out that his book was among 38 other English language titles on Bin Laden’s book shelf during the raid on his compound in Pakistan. This information was published along with a number of documents that were declassified by the government this week. Here is what Woodward had to say to The Post:

\"If he read ‘Obama’s Wars,’ bin Laden’s takeaway should have been Obama does not like war but is willing to use lethal force,\" Woodward said in an e-mail. \"The American commander-in-chief in fact prefers covert Special Forces raids targeted and aimed at capturing or killing known high-value terrorist in their hideouts. A close reading might have sent him back to a mountain cave. Follow-on reading about Nixon (\"All the President’s Men\" and \"The Final Days\") could have shown him the destructive power of hate. As Nixon said, ‘When you hate your enemies, you destroy yourself.’ \"

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22. John Green Responds to Casting Requests

JohnGreen304Throughout his lifetime, John Green has juggled many roles including young adult author, video blogger, and entrepreneur. Thanks to the Paper Towns film adaptation, he adds the title of “executive producer” to his résumé.

One job that Green has never tackled is “casting director.” Despite this fact, many of his fans have been hounding him about possible actors and actresses to star in the Looking for Alaska movie.

Green has responded to these rabid requests through his social media channels with this retort: “I. Do. Not. Cast. Movie. Adaptations. Of. My. Books. I am not a casting director. Please stop threatening to kill me.” Below, we’ve collected Green’s Twitter messages in a Storify post.

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23. Cover Unveiled for New Cindy Crawford Book

Cindy Crawford (GalleyCat)

The cover for Cindy Crawford’s forthcoming book, entitled Becoming, has been unveiled.

Vanity Fair reports that the jacket showcases a picture taken by the acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts. We’ve embedded the full image for above—what do you think?

This project features essays written by Crawford and approximately 150 photographic pieces. The team at  Rizzoli has scheduled the publication date for September 29th.

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24. Stan Lee Inks Deal for Graphic Memoir

Stan LeeThe legendary Stan Lee plans to write a graphic memoir. Lee himself designated comics artist Colleen Doran to create the illustrations for this project.

The Touchstone imprint will publish Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir on October 6th. The publisher also plans to produce a deluxe slipcase ‎edition; Lee will sign a limited number of these particular books. Senior editor Matthew Benjamin negotiated the deal with the team at the Susan Crawford literary agency.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “As Marvel just celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, I thought maybe it’s time for a look at my life in the one form it has never been depicted, as a comicbook…or if you prefer, a graphic memoir. It strikes me as a horrendous oversight that I haven’t done it before! If I didn’t know everything about my life already, I’d envy your voyage of discovery!”

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25. PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship Seeks Submissions

PEN Center USA is looking for submissions for its 2016 Emerging Voices Fellowship. The literary fellowship exists to help launch literary careers for writers that lack the tools and access to do so on their own.
Writers can find applications at this link. The deadline for submissions is August 10, 2015. Fellows that are selected will earn a $1,000 grant and will participate in an eight month professional mentorship program. This includes courses donated by UCLA Writers’ Extension Program, being a part of hosted Author Evenings with authors and several public readings in Los Angeles.Fellows will be paired with mentors. In the past, Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Chris Abani, Héctor Tobar, Ron Carlson, Jerry Stahl, Susan Straight and Harryette Mullen have all served as mentors.

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