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1. Poetry Foundation Seeks Submissions For Fellowships

The Poetry Foundation is opening submissions for poetry fellows on March 1st.

The Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships will award 5 young U.S. poets with $25,800 each. The fellowship is open to writers between 21 and 31 years of age.

To apply you must share an introduction to your work, ten poems and a publication list. You can apply through April 30th. Finalists will be revealed on August 3rd and winners will be announced on September 1st. Follow this link to apply.

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2. UK Students Take to John Greene & Jeff Kinney: Report

Jeff Kinney is the most popular writer among school kids in the UK this year, followed by Roald Dahl and Roderick Hunt.

According to the What Kids Are Reading report, which includes analysis of more than half a million kids, Julia Donaldson and Suzanne Collins remained popular this year. J.K. Rowling, while still quite popular among young readers, only had one book on the top list this year, down from previous years.

John Greene, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, David McKee and Michael Rosen joined the list for the first time this year, as JRR Tolkien dropped off.

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3. Helen MacDonald & Laurie R. King Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Dreaming Spies CoverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending February 22, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Fiction) The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt): “Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald: “When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own.” (March 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Hardcover Fiction) Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King: “Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. Haruki Sato agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that the young woman is not who she claims to be.” (February 2015)

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4. Society of Illustartors Hosts Exhibit On ‘Little Nemo’ Comic Strip

Litte Nemo BOok CoverThe Society of Illustrators will host the “Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream” exhibit.

This program honors the work of the “Little Nemo in Slumberland” comic strip creator, Winsor McCay. The closing date has been scheduled for March 28th.

According to the organization’s website, this art show is “based on Locust Moon Press’ anthology Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, many of the world’s finest cartoonists pay tribute to the master and his masterpiece by creating 118 new ‘Little Nemo’ strips, following their own voices down paths lit by McCay. Contributors to the exhibit include Paul Pope, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Yuko Shimizu, Jim Rugg, Ronald Winberly, Andrea Tsurumi, Raul Gonzalez III, and more!” Click here to see samples from the book.

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5. Share Book Samples Online With iAuthor

Sharing book excerpts online is a great way to connect with readers, especially if you are a lesser known author.

London-based startup iAuthor has a tool to help authors and publishers share excerpts. iAuthor is a site for book discovery where readers can search for potential books to read based on genre or keyword themes. Authors can share samples of their work on the site and make it sharable, so that readers can embed the excerpt around the Internet. Using the iAuthor dashboard, authors and publishers can track audience engagement with the text online to see how many people have read the passage and shared it and so forth.

The book sample includes retail links, so if a reader wants more, they can simply click through to the book retailer and buy the book.

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6. The Best Translated Book Award Winners Will Be Unveiled at BEA 2015

BEA_2010_primary_logoThe winners of the 8th annual “Best Translated Book Award” will be revealed at this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) conference. This award honors works in translation that were released for the first time in the year 2014.

The winning titles will be selected from a diverse pool of more than 580 fiction and poetry books. They were originally published by 194 companies which are based in 73 different countries.

Here’s more from the press release: “Over the past few years, underwriting from Amazon.com has made it possible for the winning authors and translators to receive $5,000 in cash prizes, making this the largest award for literature in translation in the United States. Inaugurated in 2008, the award is conferred by Three Percent, the online literary magazine of Open Letter Books, which is the book translation press of the University of Rochester.”

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7. Stacey Dash Lands Deal With Regnery Publishing

Stacey DashActress Stacey Dash (pictured, via) has signed a book deal with Regnery Publishing. Foundry Literary + Media agent Chris Park negotiated the terms of the contract on Dash’s behalf.

According to the press release, the idea for this project came from a 2012 post on Dash’s Twitter account. With this infamous tweet, she “‘came out’ as a conservative.”

Immediately after making this public confession, Dash received quite a bit of criticism for her political leanings. With There Goes My Social Life, Dash will talk about “how she became a conservative, sharing incredible stories of her rough upbringing in the South Bronx and her tumultuous Hollywood career to movingly illustrate her strong opinions about the value of a good education, the importance of family, the inanity of political correctness, and the power of personal responsibility.”

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8. Booktrope Rethinks Publishing

Digital startup Booktrope is trying to bring together the best of both worlds in publishing: the structure of traditional publishing with the high royalty rates of self-publishing tools.

The company is aimed at small publishers and indie authors who want to collaborate on a book and then share the income the project generates. The company’s site fosters a community of authors, editors, designers and marketing people. The idea is that these creative people can join forces and bring their skills to the table to help develop books. A good editor and a good book designer can really improve the quality of a manuscript that an author brings to the table.

When the project is complete, Brooktrope has the tools to publish the book in print or as an eBook directly to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There are no fees. Booktrope takes 30 percent and the team of creators keep 70 percent of the royalties.

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9. J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography Released

Thinking of doing a PhD on Harry Potter? Bloomsbury Academic has just released the text you’ll need for your studies.

J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013 by Philip Errington is a complete bibliographic text on Rowling’s writing. It includes: “details of each edition of all her books, pamphlets and original contributions to published works, there is detailed information on the publishing history of her work, including fascinating extracts from correspondence.”

“As someone who respects comprehensive research, I am in awe of the level of detail and amount of time Philip Errington has dedicated to this slavishly thorough and somewhat mind-boggling bibliography,” Rowling commented on the book in a statement.

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10. 29,000+ Harry Potter Fans Deem Severus Snape to be a Hero

Potions Master Severus Snape

BuzzFeed conducted a poll asking its readers to vote on this question: “Is Snape Actually A Hero?” More than 29,000 fans cast their votes as “yes.”

Arguably, the most enigmatic character in the Harry Potter universe is Professor Severus Snape. Many would actually describe him as an anti-hero.

What’s your opinion about the famed potions master? Click here to watch a fan-made video about the character’s life story.

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11. ‘We Don’t Tell These Stories For Fun’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you deal with sharing difficult stories? Writer Meaghan Ford (pictured, via) recited a poem called “We Don’t Tell These Stories For Fun” at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring her performance and it has drawn more than 27,000 views. Click here to listen to another one of Ford’s pieces.

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12. Kim Gordon’s Book Hits Book Shelves This Week

A memoir by Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, is out this week from HarperCollins’ Dey Street Books.

In Girl in a Band: A Memoir, the indie rock icon talks talks about music, being an artist, marriage and motherhood. She also discusses the difficulties of doing a show in South America with her ex-husband/bandmate Thurston Moore. Here is an excerpt:

They say that when a marriage ends that little things you never noticed before practically make your brain split open. All week that had been true for me whenever Thurston was around. Maybe he felt the same, or maybe his head was somewhere else. I didn’t really want to know to be honest.

 

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13. Elizabeth Gilbert to Narrate Big Magic Audiobook

Big Magic CoverElizabeth Gilbert will serve as the narrator for the audiobook edition of Big Magic.

Gilbert shared the news by uploading an audio clip onto her Facebook page. Throughout the past few months, Gilbert has been posting quotes from the book on her social media accounts.

As we previously reported, Gilbert’s internet conversations with her fans inspired her to write about creativity. Riverhead Books will publish this nonfiction title on September 22nd.

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14. Lisa Genova’s New Novel Examines Huntington’s Disease

Inside the O’BriensLisa Genova has written a new novel entitled Inside the O’Briens. The story follows a police officer who is afflicted with Huntington’s disease named Joe O’Brien.

Here’s more from the press release: “Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching what may be her future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life.”

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has set a publication date for April 7th. Genova established her writing career with the 2009 bestseller Still Alice which dealt with the illness of Alzheimer’s disease. Julianne Moore, the star of the Still Alice film adaptation, recently won the Academy Award in the Best Actress category for portraying the character Professor Alice Howland.

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15. Jill Abramson Inks Book Deal

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster.

According to The New York Post, the publisher won the book deal in a bidding war and paid around $1 million for the title.

“I’ve been a frontline combatant in the news media’s battle to remain the bedrock of an informed society,” Abramson said in a statement. “Now I’m going to wear my reporter’s hat again to tell the full drama of that story in a book, focusing on both traditional and new media players in the digital age.”

In the work, Abramson will explore how digital is disrupting news organizations and discuss the challenges for legacy news institutions in the new era. Simon & Schuster’s editorial director, Alice Mayhew, will edit the title.

 

 

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16. Bertrice Small Has Died

Bertrice SmallAuthor Bertrice Small has died. She was 77 years old.

Throughout her career, Small (pictured, via) wrote more than 50 books. She become well-known for her historical romance, fantasy romance, and erotica novels.

USA Today reports that “her O’Malley Saga and Skye’s Legacy series are especially beloved. Her most recent release, Lucianna, part of her Silk Merchant’s Daughters series, came out in October 2013.”

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17. New Spider-Gwen Comic Series Makes Its Debut

Spider-Gwen CoverMove over Peter Parker! Marvel has released the first issue of the Spider-Gwen comic series.

The character, who is best known as Spider-Man’s teenage girlfriend, first appeared as a web-slinging heroine in Edge of Spider-Verse #2. According to IGN.com, this story takes place in an “alternate universe where Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider and became a superhero.”

The artist and writer behind that book, Robbi Rodriguez and Jason Latour, joined together once again for this new project. The second issue will come out on March 11th. The third issue will follow on April 1st. (via USA Today)

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18. B&N Spins Off College Book Business

Barnes & Noble has file the paperwork to separate its Barnes & Noble Education business unit, which includes the Barnes & Noble College business, from Barnes & Noble’s Retail and NOOK Digital businesses.

The two companies will become two separate publicly traded companies. The breakup means that investors can invest in one company but not the other.

“Separating Barnes & Noble Education will create an industry-leading, pure-play public company with more flexibility to pursue strategic opportunities in the growing educational services markets,” stated Michael P. Huseby, Chief Executive Office of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

“At the same time, Barnes & Noble will be able to better capitalize on improving industry trends and merchandising initiatives within its core Retail business,” he continued. “Retail and the NOOK Digital Business will be able to leverage a more integrated technology infrastructure for improved efficiency and to better serve digital customers.”

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19. John Tesar & Josh Ozersky to Collaborate On a Cookbook

Chef John TesarChef John Tesar and food writer Josh Ozersky will work together on a cookbook entitled Knife: Modern Steak and All American Meats.

Tesar (pictured, viasat for an interview with D Magazine and revealed that he “started coming up with 100 recipes…I want this book to register on three levels: first it has to have coffee table appeal, second, I want my peers to respect it, and third, I want it to be textbook-esque for culinary students to pick up and learn from.”

Artist Kevin Marple will shoot the photographs for this project. Flatiron Books, a Macmillan imprint, has set the publication date for Spring 2017.

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20. Hitler’s Mein Kampf Will Return to German Bookstores

Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf has been banned from Germany for 70 years, but the book will make its return to German bookstores by early 2016.

The Washington Post has the scoop:

The prohibition on reissue for years was upheld by the state of Bavaria, which owns the German copyright and legally blocked attempts to duplicate it. But those rights expire in December, and the first new print run here since Hitler’s death is due out early next year.

The new edition is stirring debate and bringing out the critics who fear that the book will not just be used as a reference text for criticism, but will taken seriously. A German edition of the text is available in the United States from Amazon.

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21. How to Read More Than 3 Books a Month

Behavioral specialist Sam Thomas Davies reads more than 42 books a year. His trick? He relies on “the 10% rule.”

That is, he recommends that you “commit to reading your new book in its entirety” by reading 10 percent every day, he explains in a piece published on HighExistence.com. It also helps to own a Kindle, he says, because you have access to so many books and it is easy to read books on the go.

Davies points out that the longer the book, obviously the more pages you’ll have to read. Still he’s got a work around. Check it out:

If 10% is a lot because of the size of the book, split it in half and read 5% in the morning and 5% in the evening. This is easy if you commute to work via public transport. You’ll learn a lot of Kindle books aren’t even 100% long. Once you’ve excluded the acknowledgements, appendix, prefaces, recommendations and sources – in other words, the parts that aren’t as interesting – a book only ends up being between 70-80% in length.

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22. Neil Gaiman Performs His Own Original Song, “I Google You”

Neil Gaiman may be best known as an award-winning writer, but did you also know he sings?

The video embedded above features Gaiman’s original song, “I Google You.” Gaiman and his rocker wife Amanda Palmer performed it together during a recent one-night show in Florida.

Last Summer, Gaiman delivered two readings and his cover of the song “Psycho” on the Carnegie Hall stage. Click here to hear Gaiman’s rendition of that musical number. (via The Mary Sue)

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23. ‘A Cast of Kings’ Podcast: KICKSTARTER

Cast of Kings PodcastDavid Chen and Joanna Robinson have raised more than $1,900 on Kickstarter for the “A Cast of Kings” podcast. With the money, they will be able to continue producing a podcast to re-cap the forthcoming new episodes of the Game of Thrones HBO series.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “It’s only because of your generosity and support in the past that we’ve grown this podcast to the point where people are interested in sponsoring us on a large-scale level. We are eternally grateful to you, our listeners, for getting us here and look forward to an awesome season of Game of Thrones discussion ahead!”

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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24. Cover Revealed For The Day The Crayons Came Home

crayons sequel

BookPage.com has unveiled the cover for The Day The Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.

We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, has set the publication date on August 18th.

Daywalt sat for an interview to discuss this sequel project. He explained that he was inspired to write stories about crayons because his own set “told me that if I didn’t bring their plight to the public eye, something terrible might happen to me.” He also revealed that he empathizes the most with the “Neon Red” crayon and the “Glow-in-the-Dark” crayon.

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25. Drew Barrymore Signs Book Deal With Dutton

Drew BarrymoreActress Drew Barrymore has landed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Dutton.

According to the press release, Barrymore (pictured, via) plans to write a collection of autobiographical essays. At the moment, the title has not been revealed.

Executive editor Jill Schwartzman negotiated the deal for this project with Barrymore’s representative from the Creative Artists Agency. The book will feature “stories about living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led to the most important thing in her life, which is motherhood.”

Last year, Little, Brown and Company released Barrymore’s photography book called Find it in Everything. The pictures showcased heart-shaped objects.

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