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Author Neil Gaiman had a huge amount of respect for how his friend, the late Terry Pratchett responded to a diagnosis with early onset rear brain alzheimer’s in 2007.
In a recent discussion about Pratchett with author Michael Chabon, Gaiman said: “He did something huge and noble, which was after his diagnosis, he went public and he went loud. He risked being trivialized.”
Here is an excerpt from the discussion:
Terry was someone who fought for years to get people to understand that funny and serious are not opposites. The opposite of funny is not funny. You can absolutely be funny and serious at the same time and Terry was.
So here is somebody who has fought to be taken seriously and to make people realize that you can write a serious novel set in a fantasy context on the back of elephants on the back a giant turtle floating through space and it can still be a real novel and he’s got there. He’s won the Carnegie Medal. He’s got serious critical attention and now he risks losing it, but he did. He announced it to the world and he used it to an opportunity to start the dialog.
(Via Electric Literature).
The tenth book in Jeff Kinney‘s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is coming out this fall.
The currently unnamed title will hit bookstores Nov. 3.
“The tenth Wimpy Kid book gives me a chance to reset the series,” Kinney said in a statement. “I’ve thought a lot about what’s made these books work and how it all got started. So for me, personally, it’s back to basics. I’m carrying that theme through the book.”
Musician Elvis Costello is working on a memoir.
The book, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, will come out on Penguin’s Blue Rider Press in October. Check it out:
Born to a musical family outside of London and relocated to Liverpool, Costello created his own form of punk, became one of the first artists to exploit the newly-burgeoning MTV-Video world and managed to make himself a huge reputation in the UK and the U.S. through both his catchy tunes, provocative, poetic lyrics and more than a few instances of bad behavior. Now, having just turned sixty, Elvis is in the pantheon of elder statesmen musician/rockers, collaborating often with the likes of Paul McCartney, great ballet and opera companies, hip-hop groups, jazz ensembles while appearing frequently in venues like Carnegie Hall and on shows like David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.
StoryCorps founder and author Dave Isay has been chosen as the winner of this year’s TED Prize. This award comes with a one million dollar cash prize.
Isay recently delivered a talk at the TED 2015 conference called “Everyone Around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear.” We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above—what do you think?
Traditionally, those who win the TED Prize share a wish with the world. According to the TED Blog, Isay hopes “that you will help us to take everything we’ve learned through StoryCorps and bring it to the world so that anyone, anywhere, can easily record a meaningful interview with another human being, which then will be archived for history.”
Dylan Jones self-published his thriller novel Black Book back in December 2013.
Since its release, over 30,000 readers have downloaded this title. The book has earned more than 100 four-star reviews on Amazon.com. During a Reddit AMA session, one user inquired about Jones’ efforts in marketing and book promotion.
Jones offered several pieces of advice: “Sure, I made a list of all indie book bloggers and reviewers amd emailed each and every one that I could find. I searched Amazon’s most prolific product reviewers and emailed some of those asking if they would consider reading my book.(This got the least favourable results with people being genuinely angry at even being contacted). I entered competitions for book cover design and even won a “gold star” at bookcoverdesign.com or similar (I forget which without going through my emails to check).”
Why does John Green focus on the young adult genre? In an interview with The Huffington Post, Green feels that those within this age group exhibit great bravery in tackling difficult questions.
Green explains: “I think we should credit teenagers with the way that they grapple with that. I don’t know — I find them inspirational, actually, and I think they’re a lot of times smarter than I am — a lot smarter than I am — in terms of the way that they grab onto a question and really, really wrestle it without fear.”
When Green isn’t hunched over his writing desk, he can usually be found shooting a vlog or producing a movie. Click here to watch the first trailer for the Paper Towns film adaptation.
Harper has revealed the cover to Go Set a Watchman, the highly anticipated new work from To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee.
The book will be available on July 14th and is currently available for presale on Amazon. It is a kind of sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, however it was finished earlier. It features Scout as an adult woman, who has flashbacks to her childhood.
Europa Editions has picked up the U.S. and Canadian rights to The Life of The Elves by Muriel Barbery.
According to the press release, Gallimard recently published the book in Barbery’s native France. It “debuted at number 10 on the national best-seller list.”
Alison Anderson will serve as the translator for this project. The English edition is slated for release in March 2016.
When Kathryn Fitzmaurice was thirteen years old, her mother sent her to New York City over the summer to visit her grandmother, who was a science fiction author. After seeing how her grandmother could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she, too, wanted to become a writer someday. Years later, after teaching elementary school, she now writes full time and lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, California.
Kathryn is the author of The Year the Swallows Came Early (2009, HarperCollins), A Diamond in the Desert (2012, Viking), and Destiny, Rewritten (2013, HarperCollins). Visit her at www.kathrynfitzmaurice.com or at http://kathrynfitzmaurice.blogspot.com/
How did you conduct your research for A Diamond in the Desert?
Kathryn: Very carefully and with an amazing amount of note taking. I conducted several interviews over the course of two years and read through four years of THE GILA NEWS COURIER, which was on microfiche. I collected photographs and maps, printed several pages from the newspaper, and kept all of this in a file. I made sure to find at least one other back-up source, which confirmed what I had learned, so that I had two primary sources. In some cases, I was unable to do this, but for the most part, I did my best to confirm what I had learned. This was so that when the copy editor asked a question, or was attempting to confirm a fact, I could easily send her what I had.
How long do you typically research before beginning to draft?
Kathryn: I make sure ALL of my research is complete before I start writing. This is because I want to understand everything that has happened in my story before writing the first word. I need to know how the story will begin and how it will end. I believe that by making a timeline in my office on the wall (with sticky notes) that this helps me to know where I am going. Each day, I can write, using the timeline as a reference, and then the next day, I am able to pick up where I left off. I also like to place photographs on my wall and maps of the area I am writing about. All of these things help to keep me grounded in the time period I am writing about.
What is your favorite thing about research?
Kathryn: Finding something I had no idea had happened, and then deciding whether or not to include it in my manuscript.
What kinds of sources do you use?
Kathryn: Phone and in person interviews, newspaper articles from the Pacific Region National Archives Center in Laguna Niguel, online research, The Japanese American National Society in San Francisco, and California State University at Fullerton provided a collection of Japanese American interviews.
What’s your favorite thing about writing historical fiction?
Kathryn: Being able to give a copy of the finished book to the person whose life it was written for. In my case, I was able to do this because the gentleman I interviewed is still alive. This was such a thrill and to this day, nothing brings more joy than to see how happy Mr. Furukawa was when he first opened A Diamond in the Desert and saw that it was dedicated to him.
Why is historical fiction important?
Kathryn: Historical fiction novels are able to show young readers a part of our history they may not be aware of. These stories are important because often times, readers are introduced through a medium that brings more understanding and therefore, perhaps, more compassion toward a situation or group of people.
The post Straight From the Source: Kathryn Fitzmaurice on Writing Historical Fiction appeared first on Caroline Starr Rose.
Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, has signed a deal for her memoir. Henry Holt & Company executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Lydia Wills.
The release date for My Life with Bob has been set for Fall 2017. Paul’s annotated journal, the “Book of Books” or “Bob” for short, was the subject of a widely-read essay. The New York Times published this piece back in April 2012.
Here’s more from the press release: “My Life with Bob serves as a codex of sorts for Paul’s comings and goings and rites of passage since the summer she began keeping a journal at age seventeen in rural France. Finding it impossible to maintain the typical teenage diary, she instead switched to recording the books she was reading and began filling in the margins with the texture of daily life as over time she poured through Moby-Dick during a lonely holiday on Ko Phi Phi, A Distant Mirror while in northern France, and Ethan Frome and The Secret History while hiking in western China. The journal also reflected the milestones of her life.”
Kwame Alexander has been named the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature.
From early April through mid-May, the recently crowned Newbery Medal winner will work with kids (ages 9 to 10) on their poetry curriculum. Alexander (pictured, via) will be the first writer to inaugurate this program. Bank Street will host a conversation event between Alexander and his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, on April 6th. Leonard S. Marcus, a famed historian, has been brought on to serve as the moderator.
Here’s more from the press release: “Bank Street College is establishing an endowment to continue this residency in the name of Dorothy Carter, a children’s book author, a Broadway actress, the first African-American member of the Bank Street College graduate faculty, and a leader of the Bank Street Writers Lab. We lost Dr. Carter in 2012, but her legacy will live on through the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program. It is fortuitous that Kwame Alexander will inaugurate this program–not only because he is the winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal, but also because his father, Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, who graduated from Bank Street College Graduate School of Education in 1970, worked directly with Dorothy Carter in the Harlem Institute for Teachers.”
Acclaimed singer and actress Julie Andrews (pictured, via) has landed a deal for her second memoir.
USA Today reports that this book “begins in the 1960s and takes readers through her next three decades, including her many hit films and her marriage to director Blake Edwards.” Andrews plans to reveal the back stories behind the making of the Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music movies.
According to The Associated Press, Hachette Book Group USA has scheduled the publication date for September 2017. The publisher released Andrews’ first memoir, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, back in April 2008. (via Playbill.com)
Author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Brian Biggs star in a video promoting audiobooks. The video embedded above features Scieszka wearing a mad scientist outfit and Biggs donning a robot mask.
The creative duo collaborated together on the Frank Einstein books. ABRAMS just released the newest installment of this middle-grade series, Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger. (via Shelf-Awareness.com)
Author Libba Bray has announced the title for her next book, Lair of Dreams. According to Bray’s blog post, this sequel to The Diviners has “been moved on the schedule so many times we have lost faith in the old gods of the book pub-scheduling universe.” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has set the release date for August 25th.
When Bray isn’t using her voice for writing, she puts it to work by singing and standing up for her beliefs. She recently stood with three fellow authors (Gayle Forman, E. Lockhart, and Shannon Hale) to protest against the act of assigning genders to books. Over the weekend, Bray gave a moving speech about this issue at the 2015 NYC Teen Author Festival.
Here’s an excerpt: “Does sexism exist in YA? Abso-fucking-lutely. Everyday we see ourselves reflected back to us in ways that are reductive and foreign. And it’s tough when we are continually dismissed and told that our experiences aren’t real. It makes us doubt our reality; to the point where we have to keep turning to each other and saying, ‘Wait, is this true? Are these my hands? Are these hands worthy?'”
Author Chuck Palahniuk has sold the film rights to his novel Lullaby to the indie filmmakers Andy Mingo and Josh Leake.
The author announced the news on Facebook yesterday, revealing thatPalahniuk himself will be co-writing the script with Mingo, who is also directing the film.
“I’m honored and humbled to be bringing one of my all time favorite novels to the big screen with my production partner Josh Leake and our new production company, Mindpollen, wrote Mingo on Facebook. “This is going to be quite the adventure.”
The story centers on reporter Carl Streator who discovers a dangerous lullaby while researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
According to Mingo’s Facebook posts, they would like to shoot the film in Portland and eastern Oregon. (Via The Wrap).
Lisa Mantchev has unveiled the cover for her forthcoming picture book, Strictly No Elephants. Artist Taeeun Yoo served as the illustrator for this project.
We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release the book on October 27th.
The directors behind the Springfield Museums intend to launch a new cultural institution in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel. An opening date for the permanent exhibition (first floor) of the “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum” has been set for June 2016.
According to the announcement, a permanent exhibit on the first floor will consist of three sections: Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’s Neighborhood, and Readingville. Visitors will encounter “a series of environments that replicate scenes from Dr. Seuss’s imagination and encounter life-sized three-dimensional characters and places from the books.”
The second floor area will showcase “a re-creation of Ted Geisel’s studio, an exhibition about the making of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and other related displays.” It will not be made available to the public until 2017. (via TheArtery)
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In 2012, author and editor Kevin Sessums shared a post that his old colleague from Vanity Fair George Hodgman had written from his hometown of Paris, Missouri, where he was caring for his mother, Betty.
Sessums introduced it, in part, by saying: \"His missives here on Facebook about his time back home with her are so beautiful. I had to share this latest one… (they) resound with such love and respect and a kind of sweet regret.\"
Portions of the story in that missive appear in Hodgman’s new book Bettyville, which will debut at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list next Sunday. Hodgman–a noted book and magazine editor who has worked at Simon and Schuster, Vanity Fair, Talk magazine, Henry Holt and Company, and Houghton Mifflin–announced it on his Facebook blog on March 18: \"This is a total thrill and unexpected. I wanted to post this here because I truly owe it to all of you. YOU MADE THIS BOOK FOR ME.\"
Writing in the New York Times, Cathy Horyn calls Bettyville, \"a most remarkable, laugh-out-loud book\" that \"works on several levels (as a meditation on belonging, as a story of growing up gay and the psychic cost of silence, as metaphor for recovery).\" When Horyn notes that he approaches memoir from a \"fairly new perspective: that of a gay son,\" Hodgman says, \"Here was this neurotic, self-centered, New York, childless gay man.\"
Horyn quotes Sara Bershtel, publisher of Metropolitan Books and a Hodgman colleague from his time at Henry Holt, who said, Bettyville suggests \"the development of a watchful gay kid. You have to watch everybody, you have to watch your parents, and you can’t show anything.\" Horyn feels that watchfulness \"made him a shrewd and witty observer.”
Hodgman told the Times that he generally wrote from 4 to 9 a.m., when his mother rose. Sometimes he would key in their chats while his mother spoke from the sofa.
\"My mother is funny and dry without knowing that she is. Together, we can make people laugh. So I had this idea of a quirky comedy team…I’m also very nostalgic about these towns…I just felt that this rural area was a real story that nobody was telling.\"
People are listening. In January, Publishers Lunch had already flagged it as a book to watch in its BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Spring/Summer edition. Amazon and Books-a-Million recently made Bettyville a Top Pick, and People named it a \"Book of the Week.\"
\"I am a believer in God in my own special way. But I think I was given this book because I came back.\"
Want to raise a child who loves reading? Daniel Willingham, author of the book Raising Kids Who Read recommends making reading “the most appealing thing a child can do.”
In an interview with NPR, the author said that the reason to raise a reader shouldn’t be to increase school performance or to help them make more money later in life. The real reason should be to raise a person that appreciates books and the worlds you can learn from them. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
You should model reading, make reading pleasurable, read aloud to your kid in situations that are warm and create positive associations. But also setting a tone where our family is one where we like to learn new things. We like to learn about the world, and a big part of that is reading. Developing a sense in the child that I am in a family of readers before the child can even read.
Former GalleyCat Editor Jason Boog also has excellent tips for parents looking to raise bookworms. In his book Born Reading, Boog outlines step-by-step instructions and advice for cultivating reading in kids from birth.
Author George R.R. Martin won’t be making it to the World Fantasy Convention or Comic Con in San Diego this year.
Instead, he’s going to stay home and get his book done. In a blog post he explained: “I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.”
However, if he completes Winds of Winter before the events, “I reserve the right to change my mind,” he blogged. (Via The Hollywood Reporter).
Authors Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman are expecting a baby.
Gaiman tweeted the news earlier today along with a link to an Instagram photo of the pregnant Palmer.
I just took a photograph of beautiful, three months pregnant @amandapalmer: https://t.co/zqHgiIeS6g
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 18, 2015
Renowned comics creator Alan Moore has landed a deal for his second prose novel. Liveright, an imprint at W. W. Norton & Company, will publish Jerusalem in Fall 2016.
According to The New York Times, Moore’s manuscript may contain more than one million words. Moore sets this historical fiction-fantasy story in his hometown of Northampton, England.
Here’s more from The Guardian: “The acclaimed comics writer began work on Jerusalem in 2008 and finished his gargantuan draft last September, as his daughter Leah Moore announced on Facebook. The novel is said to explore the small area of Northampton where Moore grew up, ranging from his own family’s stories to historical events to fantasy, with chapters told in different voices.”
Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the \"Humans of New York\" (HONY) blog, has landed a deal for Humans of New York: Stories.
Stanton will appear at this year’s BookCon for a conversation event about his new book. According to the BookCon announcement, the book showcases “a whole new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.”
St. Martin’s Press will publish the follow-up to Stanton’s New York Times bestseller on October 13th. In the past, Stanton has snapped photographs featuring editor Yaniv Soha, literary agent Brian DeFiore, NYPL President Tony Marx, Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell, Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, and President Barack Obama.
Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon recently sat for a conversation at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The two writers talked about their craft, stories, and beloved author Sir Terry Pratchett.
The video embedded above features the portion of their discussion where they talked about Pratchett and his influence on the literary community. Click here to watch a recording of the entire event. On the same day that Gaiman learned of Pratchett’s passing, he wrote a short blog post to express his feelings about his dear friend.
Here’s an excerpt: “Thirty years and a month ago, a beginning author met a young journalist in a Chinese Restaurant, and the two men became friends, and they wrote a book, and they managed to stay friends despite everything. Last night, the author died. There was nobody like him. I was fortunate to have written a book with him, when we were younger, which taught me so much.” (via The Huffington Post)
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Graham Moore (pictured, via) has landed a deal for his second novel with Random House.
The publisher plans to release The Last Days of Wonder in Fall 2016. Senior editor Noah Eaker negotiated the terms of the agreement with ICM Partners agent Jennifer Joel.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Sticking to the historical thriller bent of Alan Turing’s story in Imitation Game, Wonder is set against the backdrop of 1880s New York and centers on the legal battle over the invention of the light bulb pitting Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse. The story is told through the eyes of Westinghouse’s young attorney, Paul Cravath (later the founding partner of the prestigious law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore), and focuses on his efforts against enormous odds to win his case for his client.”
Many have praised Moore for a moving acceptance speech he gave while accepting the Academy Award in the best adapted screenplay category earlier this year. Click here to watch a video with Moore encouraging those who feel like different to “stay weird.”