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In the early 1920s, author William Faulkner wrote a humorous play called Twixt Cup and Lip. The play is being published for the first time in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine.
Andrew Gulli, managing editor of the Strand, discovered the lighthearted work in in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small special collections. The Guardian has more about the work:
Twixt Cup and Lip was written by Faulkner in the early 1920s, when the author would have been in his 20s. A one-act play, it is set in the apartment of a “well-to-do bachelor”, and sees two friends of around 30, Francis and Jim, each vying to convince the 19-year-old Ruth to marry them.
Cass Sunstein, a Harvard professor, has signed a deal with the HarperCollins imprint, Dey Street Books. Sunstein plans to write a book entitled The World According to Star Wars.
According to the press release, this book will feature “an exploration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to the arc of history, rebellions, politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture. Sunstein will demonstrate that the Star Wars series is all about serendipity and freedom — about the clouded nature of the future, the dismal failures of plans, and the inevitability, in our lives and our society, of ‘I am your father’ moments, which cast a new light on everything that has gone before.”
Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor, negotiated the deal with Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency. The publisher will release the book in May 2016.
Artist Chris Riddell has taken it upon himself to create illustrations for a Neil Gaiman poem called “Locks.” Follow this link to see a digital album with all 11 of Riddell’s artistic pieces.
According to Gaiman’s Facebook post, he wrote this poem for his daughter Maddy back when she was a toddler. It was later featured in his short fiction collection, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.
Click here to listen to Gaiman perform a reading of this poem. In the past, the two have collaborated on several of the United Kingdom editions of Gaiman’s children’s books. Earlier this year, Riddell illustrated an “artist’s creed” that Gaiman wrote in honor of the terrorist attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
The cover has been unveiled for Kate Elliott’s forthcoming book, Poisoned Blade. According to the NOVL blog, the story for this project will serve as a sequel for her 2015 young adult novel, Court of Fives.
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for Aug. 16, 2016.
To help fans cope with the wait, Elliott has written a companion novella entitled Night Flower. The publisher will release it as an eBook on Dec. 08, 2015.
Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel Prize-winning writer from Belarus, has signed a deal with Random House.
According to The New York Times, the publisher will produce and release the English translations of three of her books. Each of these works features “oral histories compiled from extensive interviews.”
The Associated Press reports that Second-Hand Time will be released in Summer 2016. War’s Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses will both follow in 2017. (Photo Credit: Margarita Kabakova/Ersatz AB)
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What are the books that have shaped you as a teacher of writing? Reflecting today, in thanks, for the authors and books that have influenced my life as a teacher.
How often do you read a book translated from another language? Ann Morgan delivered a talk at the TEDGlobal>London conference to talk about her “year reading a book from every country in the world.”
Morgan discussed the origins of this challenge, all the issues she encountered, and the community that came together to help her complete it. The video embedded above features her entire talk.
At the end of 2012, Morgan was able to find and read books from 196 countries. Follow this link to check out some interactive maps that showcase Morgan’s reading list.
Lauren Oliver announced that The Book of Shhh will be released in May 2016.
This fictional book appears in the Delirium trilogy. Oliver’s young adult series features a dystopian story where love is regarded as a disease.
According to Oliver’s blog post, The Book of Shhh will contain “previously unreleased passages from the prominent religious, social, and scientific compendium of the Delirium world.” HarperTeen will publish it as an eBook and make it available free of charge.
The cover has been unveiled for Mary Robinette Kowal’s forthcoming book, Forest of Memory. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Tor.com, Christine Foltzer served as the designer and Victo Ngai created the artwork for this project. Tor/Forge, a division at Macmillan Publishers, has scheduled the release date for Mar. 08, 2016.
Author and artist Miranda July’s new book came out this fall. The First Bad Man is July’s first novel (She has previously published a short story collection, a screenplay, and a book based on an art project about love).
The novel “tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry.” In an interview with The Believer, July revealed that the similarities she shares with the book’s main character. Check it out:
Well, it’s funny: when my husband read this book—which he only just did fairly recently, after it was done—he was like, “Oh, well, this is just you, this total insanity.” Not the whole character of Cheryl, but the part about cleaning the house, thinking of yourself as your own servant so that you’re not cleaning the house. I appear to be really into cleaning, but actually I hate it so much that I have to disassociate—it can’t really be me doing it.
An online store selling objects from the new book launched last December.
Job site Adzuna has created an infographic called, “The Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors.”
The graphic reveals that Stephen King and J.K. Rowling are both former teachers and Bram Stoker managed a theater. Check it out: “For those cursing their work commitments there’s good news: some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful authors clearly drew inspiration from their day job to create stunning works of fiction.”
We have the entire graphic after the jump.
Rabia Chaudry, a woman whose mission to save a friend from a life sentence which she believes he doesn’t deserve, is writing a book.
Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland back in 2000. Chaudry, always believed that he is innocent and has been fighting for more than a decade to get him released.
In 2013, when all of the appeals had been exhausted, she contacted This American Life producer Sarah Koenig in order to publicize the case. Koenig’s research into the story turned into a Peabody Award-winning podcast called Serial.
Murder, Justice, and the Case that Captivated a Nation: Adnan’s Story from St. Martin’s Press is due out in September 2016, but is already available for presale on Amazon.
More than $7,000 was raised from Picture Book Summit 2015. The founders of this online conference made the announcement at New York Media Works.
Here’s more from the press release: “Picture Book Summit 2015 took place on October 3rd, and featured keynotes from bestselling authors Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, and Andrea Davis Pinkney, as well as workshops led by the co-founders and panel discussions with editors and agents. Hundreds of working and aspiring children’s book writers attended the event, logging in from six continents.”
The money will be donated to the We Need Diverse Books organization. The 2016 edition of Picture Book Summit is set to take place on Oct. 1, 2016.
The cover has been unveiled for Brenna Yovanoff’s forthcoming book, Places No One Knows. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Entertainment Weekly reports that the story stars Waverly Camdenmar who “dreams herself into the bedroom of the school’s resident bad boy-loser, Marshall Holt, and actually wakes up there.” Delacorte Press, an imprint at Penguin Random House, has scheduled the publication date for May 17, 2016.
By: Katya Szewczuk,
American Education Week is a week dedicated to celebrating our nation’s schools, teachers, staff and all the hard work they do to support the teaching needs of every student. It is a National Education Association (NEA) initiative to support education and the wonderful joys of learning.
To celebrate, KidLit TV took a field trip to the Barnes & Nobles in Menlo Park Mall to interview one of our supporting community members Darlene Beck Jacobson about her middle grade historical fiction novel Wheels of Change (Creston Books).
About Wheels of Change
Racial intolerance, social change, and sweeping progress make 1908 Washington, D.C., a turbulent place to grow up in for 12-year-old Emily Soper. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she’s more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she’d never imagined. Finding courage and resolve she didn’t know she had, Emily strives to save Papa’s business, even if it means going all the way to the White House.
Darlene Beck Jacobson is a teacher and speech therapist working with Preschool and Kindergarten aged children.
“I can walk into the classroom wearing a chicken hat and still get hugs!” Darlene Beck Jacobson
During her interview she tells us about the book’s premise, how she uses her teacher guides in the classroom and why it’s important to ask children questions about the story directly.
Historical fiction is extremely important for children to read because it not only tells and connects them with their history, but takes them on a fictional journey based on real life events. According to an article on Scholastic:
It puts people back into history. Social studies texts are often devoted to coverage rather than depth. Too often, individuals – no matter how famous or important – are reduced to a few sentences. Children have difficulty converting these cryptic descriptions and snapshots into complex individuals who often had difficult choices to make, so myths and stereotypes flourish. Good historical fiction presents individuals as they are, neither all good nor all bad.
These books highlight a certain time period and can be used as fun, interactive study guides for classrooms. If a child doesn’t enjoy history as much as other students, he or she might be interested in learning from a work of fiction, rather than a history textbook. What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels? Let us know!
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Barnes & Noble enlisted over 120 authors to sign 5,000 copies of their latest books. This will be the second year that the bookseller has launched this special program to entice holiday shoppers.
Some of this season’s participants include The Marvels author Brian Selznick, Big Magic author Elizabeth Gilbert, The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho, Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth, The Land of Stories series author Chris Colfer, and Humans of New York photoblogger Brandon Stanton. These autographed books will be made available at Barnes & Noble’s 650+ brick-and-mortar locations starting on Black Friday (Nov. 27).
COO Jaime Carey had this statement in the press release: “For the second year in a row, a huge array of authors have demonstrated incredible enthusiasm for participating in Barnes & Noble’s Signed Editions program, and we are thrilled to be bringing back this one-of-a-kind offering on Black Friday. There’s a creative gift awaiting everyone at Barnes & Noble stores and shoppers can delight the readers on their list with a truly meaningful gift – a book made special with a favorite author’s signature.“
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, two spoken word poets and the co-directors of the Project V.O.I.C.E. organization, collaborated on a piece called “When Love Arrives.” The video embedded above features their performance at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.
For more poems by these two writers, follow these links for to listen to Kay’s “The Type” and Kaye’s “Repetition.” How do you respond when you find romantic love?
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Lincoln Center have formed a partnership. They will host a monthly event series at the David Rubenstein Atrium called “LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium.”
The inaugural event featured R.L. Stine and Marc Brown; they discussed their book The Little Shop of Monsters. The next event has been scheduled on Nov. 21 with Patrick McDonnell as the headliner; he will focus on his recently released title Thank You and Good Night.
Future events will take place on Dec. 19, 2015, Jan. 16, 2016, Feb. 20, 2016, March 19, 2016, April 16, 2016, and May 14, 2016. The participating authors and illustrators will be announced at a later date.
The cover has been unveiled for Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Entertainment Weekly, this book will be the final installment of the Passage trilogy. Ballantine Books has scheduled the publication date for May 24, 2016.
Suzanne Collins (pictured, via) has composed a letter praising the filmmaking team behind the four Hunger Games movies.
Collins offered several complimentary words in particular for director Francis Lawrence, actress Jennifer Lawrence, and producer Nina Jacobson. She also shared that her personal mission for this young adult trilogy was to tell a story about war for young readers.
Here’s an excerpt from Collins’ letter: “Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands. But before I do, I’d like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise. I’m thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen.”
The Astrid Lindgren Society will offer guided tours of Lindgren’s Stockholm-based home. In both her native Sweden and the United States, Astrid Lindgren has become well-known as the author of the Pippi Longstocking series.
Lindgren (pictured, via) lived in this apartment until her passing in 2002. The Associated Press reports that “Lindgren’s family has preserved the apartment as it was when she lived there.”
According to CBC News, “tours must be booked in advance on the society’s web page and only 12 people will be allowed at a time.” Guests must be at least 15 years of age to visit. (via Jezebel)
Kwame Alexander has signed a four-book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Arielle Eckstut, of the Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency, negotiated the agreement on Alexander’s behalf.
According to the press release, Alexander plans to write a prequel to his 2015 Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel Crossover entitled Rebound. The publication date for this book has been set for Spring 2018.
Alexander also has a new trilogy in the works. The story for this new series will follow “one young boy’s epic quest for freedom after being taken from his home in Ghana, and will cover the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and beyond.”
The National Book Award winners for 2015 were revealed tonight.
Adam Johnson won the Fiction award for Fortune Smiles published by Random House. Ta-Nehisi Coates won the Nonfiction award for Between the World and Me published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Penguin Random House.
Robin Costa Lewis won the Poetry award for Voyage of the Sable Venus published by Alfred A. Knopf. Neal Shusterman won the Young People’s Literature award for Challenger Deep published by HarperTeen.
Click here to read free samples of all the books that made it onto the short list. Who was your favorite this year?
Artist Marty Noble has signed a two-book deal with Skyhorse Publishing. She plans to create two adult coloring books: Sugar Skulls and Peaceful World.
Sugar Skulls will be released in January 2016 and Peaceful World will follow in March 2016. Each book contains 48 elaborate line illustrations.
Here’s more from the press release: “To make it easier for budding artists, the pages are perforated and printed on one side, allowing colorists to remove and display their finished designs easily…Since 2013, coloring books targeting adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in more than 22 languages.”
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The cover has been unveiled for a new edition of Nina Allan’s The Race. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Tor.com, Julia Lloyd served as the designer on this project. The publication date has been scheduled for July 2016.