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26. Kate Beaton Inks Deal With Drawn + Quarterly

step aside, popsComics creators Kate Beaton has signed a deal with Drawn + Quarterly.

A release date for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection has been scheduled for September 2015. Editor Tom Devlin negotiated the deal with Seth Fishman, a literary agent at the Gernert Company, and acquired North American English rights.

Devlin had this statement in the press release: “Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops. She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”

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27. Amazon Signs Woody Allen

woodyallenAmazon Studios has signed author/film director Woody Allen up to write and direct a television series.

This will be the director’s first foray into TV and is part of Amazon’s recent push into the creation of original TV content, a move that puts the company in direct competition with Netflix.

Untitled Woody Allen Project, has the green light for a full series of half-hour episodes. Amazon has yet to disclose who will star in the show. The episodes will be available specifically to Prime Instant Video customers in the US, UK and Germany.

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28. Robert Stone Has Died

Robert StoneAuthor Robert Stone has died. He was 77-years-old.

Throughout his published career, Stone penned eight novels, two story collections, and one memoir. Besides writing, he also served as a Navy man and as a correspondent during the Vietnam War.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “In muscular, observant prose, he wrote largely in the realistic mode, though he was not averse to hallucinatory or surreal passages at climactic moments with his characters in extremis. His books resonate with philosophical concerns, the thin divides between life and death, good and evil, God and godlessness, reflecting Mr. Stone’s own grappling with spiritual matters, dating from his childhood, when he grew up partly in a Roman Catholic orphanage. He rebelled, but never outgrew his hunger for some kind of ethereal nourishment.”

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29. Gone Girl Blu-Ray Package to Feature Amazing Amy Print Book

Gone Girl - Amazing AmyAn Amazing Amy spin-off story will be printed. MTV.com reports that this 36-page children’s book, entitled Tattle Tale, will be included in the package for the Gone Girl movie blu-ray.

In both the original novel and the movie, Amy Elliott-Dunne’s psychologist parents co-write the Amazing Amy series with a titular character who is modeled after their own daughter. Artist Kirk Van Wormer created the illustrations for Tattle Tale.

Author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn recently revealed that she is open to creating a sequel for the Gone Girl film adaptation. In an interview with the The New York Daily News, Flynn explained that a follow-up project could examine “what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on — not well I don’t think.”

For Flynn, her one stipulation for such an endeavor would be to have David Fincher return as the director, Ben Affleck to continue playing Nick Dunne, and Rosamund Pike to come back as Amy Elliott-Dunne. Do you have any predictions on how the Dunnes’ story will evolve in the future?

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30. Cover Unveiled For Elizabeth Gilbert’s New Book On Creativity

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been writing a new book entitled Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead Books has scheduled the release date for September 22, 2015.

Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she was inspired to work on this project by the conversations she has had with her fans through social media. The cover was revealed on the Etsy blog and we’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Click here to watch a video about the cover creation process.

Here’s more from Gilbert’s Facebook post: “It’s basically a manifesto. It contains everything that I believe about creativity. Some of you have watched my TED talks over the years about this subject, and all of that will be in the book…and more…How do I define a creative life? Any life that is guided more strongly by curiosity than by fear. How do you get around your fear, in order to live a more creative life? Well, that’s what the book is all about!”

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31. Cover Unveiled For Elizabeth Gilbert’s New Book On Creativity

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert has been writing a new book entitled Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead Books has scheduled the release date for September 22, 2015.

Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she was inspired to work on this project by the conversations she has had with her fans through social media. The cover was revealed on the Etsy blog and we’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Click here to watch a video about the cover creation process.

Here’s more from Gilbert’s Facebook post: “It’s basically a manifesto. It contains everything that I believe about creativity. Some of you have watched my TED talks over the years about this subject, and all of that will be in the book…and more…How do I define a creative life? Any life that is guided more strongly by curiosity than by fear. How do you get around your fear, in order to live a more creative life? Well, that’s what the book is all about!”

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32. Simon & Schuster Debuts Online Courses Taught by Authors

simonsaysSimon & Schuster has introduced an online destination designed for readers to connect with authors through video courses.

The latest SimonSays.com classes are centered around mind-body-spirit, health and fitness, as well as wealth and personal finance topics.

The current courses courses include: A Short Guide to a Long Life with David B. Agus, MD; Finding Your Purpose and Living It with Zhena Muzyka; and Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead with life coach Tosha Silver. Courses range from $25-85 and include a variety of interactive exercises online including: workbooks, online journaling tools and access to a live Q&A with the author, depending on the course.

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33. Simon & Schuster Debuts Online Courses Taught by Authors

simonsaysSimon & Schuster has introduced an online destination designed for readers to connect with authors through video courses.

The latest SimonSays.com classes are centered around mind-body-spirit, health and fitness, as well as wealth and personal finance topics.

The current courses courses include: A Short Guide to a Long Life with David B. Agus, MD; Finding Your Purpose and Living It with Zhena Muzyka; and Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead with life coach Tosha Silver. Courses range from $25-85 and include a variety of interactive exercises online including: workbooks, online journaling tools and access to a live Q&A with the author, depending on the course.

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34. Neil Gaiman Shares His Thoughts On How to Become a Writer

Neil Gaiman TruthHow does one become a writer? American Gods novelist Neil Gaiman offered some practical advice to answer this question on his Tumblr. For Gaiman, it’s all about making sure to see a project through from start to finish.

Here’s more from Gaiman’s post: “Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write.”

Do you agree with Gaiman’s thoughts? If not, Gaiman describes an alternative process that involves scaling a mountain, catching a crow, collecting a golden berry, enduring a week of silence, and reciting Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks in its entirety with a golden berry under your tongue. Which method would you prefer?

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35. Neil Gaiman Shares His Thoughts On How to Become a Writer

Neil Gaiman TruthHow does one become a writer? American Gods novelist Neil Gaiman offered some practical advice to answer this question on his Tumblr. For Gaiman, it’s all about making sure to see a project through from start to finish.

Here’s more from Gaiman’s post: “Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write.”

Do you agree with Gaiman’s thoughts? If not, Gaiman describes an alternative process that involves scaling a mountain, catching a crow, collecting a golden berry, enduring a week of silence, and reciting Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks in its entirety with a golden berry under your tongue. Which method would you prefer?

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36. Judging a Book....Eve Ainsworth



I have always been a bit fussy when it comes to books. It goes without saying that I have to love the concept and in a lot of cases I'm swayed by recommendations. But what can often make me decide to pick up a book in the first place is the cover. If it is striking, if it grabs my attention - I very often want it, or at least want to know more about it.


So it goes without saying that I was delighted when Scholastic sent me the design for Seven Days. I immediately loved its bright, bold statement and the fact that words, spiteful words from my text, were plastered across it. It represents bullying so well for me. It's a big, bold statement. I was confident that this cover could have impact.
I guess I'd worried a lot about the cover. I really wanted to love it, so it was such a relief to see it. I just wanted to hug the designer behind it (in fact I did at the Scholastic party...!)

It got me thinking just how important cover design can be, and how authors could be blessed or cursed with a cover that they do not like, or do not feel reflects their story.

With this in mind, I spoke to a few authors about their favourite covers and asked what it was about them that made them stand out.

What were their cover stories?




Helen Grant - Urban Legends (Random House)


" I was very pleased this cover because it shows a female (dead?) body but in such a way that it appears almost abstract; you can only see one eye and the line of the face runs diagonally across the cover. I thought that was quite stylish."








    Keren David selected Salvage (Atom Books)

  " I love both the published versions of Salvage. They are very different, but still have lots of impact."












Hilary Freeman selected The Camden Town Tales (Piccadilly Press)

"I love all my Camden Town Tales covers. I think that they appeal to the readership because they are pretty and perfectly targeted."  










Emma Haughton  selected Now You See Me (Usbourne)



'I love this cover because it's so simple, and yet so striking, And that gorgeous zingy green!'









Sheena Wilkinson selected Still Falling (Little Island)


"What I loved was the feel of the cover. I couldn't in a million years have said what I wanted but when I saw what the designer had done I just thought, yeah, that's it. I wanted the book to have a sexy grown up feel which I think it does. My last books all featured horses and I really wanted this one to feel like a departure which it does. "








Caroline Green  selected Hold Your Breath (Piccadilly Press)



"I loved the metallic look that gave it an underwater feel. And the colours are gorgeous."










It's fascinating looking at different front covers and wondering what the author felt about each one. I guess when an area such as design is taken out of their hands, it's even more important that it works, that they connect to it.


What front covers do you especially like? Have you ever picked up a book initially because of the design?


I know I have...

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37. Michel Houellebecq Stops Promoting Book After Charlie Hebdo Attack

mportraitFrench author Michel Houellebecq has stopped promoting his book after the attack at Charlie Hebdo’s office.

His controversial book was being promoted on the cover of the magazine the day of the massacre. After losing friends in the attack, Houellebecq’s agent confirmed that the author has left Paris to mourn.

The Guardian has the scoop:

Houellebecq’s topical new novel Soumission (Submission), which imagines France being ruled by a radical Muslim president after France and Europe“submit” to Islam, came out on Wednesday. His publisher’s offices were evacuated shortly after the shootings at Charlie Hebdo and placed under police protection amid fears that France’s enfant terrible may be on a terrorist hitlist. Houellebecq has in the past described Islam as the “stupidest” religion.

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38. Kareem Abdul Jabaar To Publish Sherlock Holmes Novel

08artsbeat-kareem-articleInlineKareem Abdul-Jabbar is working on a detective novel.

The retired basketball player/memoirist is basing the story on the character Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’ brainy older brother. Titan Books will publish the work this fall.

The New York Times has more: “Set in England and Trinidad, the story centers on Mycroft, a recent university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for War. Mycroft learns from his best friend of troubling events occurring in Trinidad — mysterious disappearances, dead children and strange, backward facing footprints in the sand. Mycroft goes to Trinidad to investigate and to follow his fiancée, Georgiana, who was raised on the island. Sherlock has a cameo as a King’s College student.”

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39. Elizabeth Gilbert Advises Against Depending On Your Writing to Make a Living

Elizabeth Gilbert (3)Author Elizabeth Gilbert sat for an interview with artist Luc Berthelette. During their conversation, Berthelette asked Gilbert (pictured, via) about her early beginnings, life lessons, happiness, writing memoirs, and creating fiction. He also requested that she share some tips for aspiring writers.

Gilbert answered by advising writers to not focus on their craft and to not depend on writing as their primary source of income. Do you agree with her opinion? Here’s an excerpt from her response:

“Of course this is the dream of dreams — to make a living by your art — but it is a rare thing, when that works out. Or sometimes it might work out for a few years, and then you run out of money. If financial success becomes the standard by which to determine if you are successful or not, you are likely setting yourself up to feel disappointed in yourself and your work. It’s not fair to your craft, to put this kind of pressure on it. Get a job on the side to pay the bills, and learn how to live an inexpensive, frugal life.”

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40. Tess Gerritsen Shares Character Inspiration

biography_photoTess Gerritsen, the author of 25 novels including: Harvest, The Surgeon, Vanish and Die Again, did an AMA on Reddit today, answering questions for readers and fans.

Many of the questions that popped up addressed Gerritsen’s crime series characters homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles which have inspired the television series “Rizzoli & Isles.”

In one post, Gerritsen revealed the inspiration for the characters. Here is an excerpt:

Who do I base Jane and Maura on? Jane reminds me of many female police officers I’ve met — smart, tough, willing to do the dirty work. But she’s also dealing with the issues of acceptance as a woman in a man’s profession. As a woman from a blue collar family, she’s quite different from Maura, who went to medical school and comes from more comfortable circumstances. I think that difference is what makes their conversations so interesting, and helps me create the banter.

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41. Literary Community Speaks Out Against the Attacks on ‘Charlie Hebdo’

Je Suis CharlieThe Satanic Verses novelist Salman Rushdie has issued a statement about the attacks on the Paris-based offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper. It was originally publicized on the English PEN website, but it has since been taken down. The Wall Street Journal has re-posted it in its entirety; here’s an excerpt:

“I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

Rushdie has not been the only member of the literary community to speak out on this issue. Last night, American Gods novelist Neil Gaiman revealed on Facebook that he agrees with the sentiments of Rushdie’s piece. On that same night, The Day The Crayons Quit illustrator Oliver Jeffers and Maus creator Art Spiegelman participated in a vigil in the Union Square area of New York City. (via The Huffington Post)

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42. Michele McPhee Inks Book Deal For Title on Boston Marathon Bombing

unnamedAuthor/ABC News producer Michele McPhee has landed a book deal with for World English rights with University Press of New England for a new book which will explore the Boston Marathon bombing.

McPhee covered the event and the court proceedings of the accused bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and will also attend his trial which begins today. Maximum Harm will examine the family history of the accused bomber brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev’; the dangers of Islamic extremism, as well as the role U.S. intelligence played in the bombing.

Stephen P. Hull was the acquiring editor. Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management represented  McPhee.

A portion of the book sales will be donated to the Martin Richard Foundation, which honors an 8-year-old boy  who was killed on that tragic day.

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43. What Workday Snacks Can Help Writers?

carrots (1)At the beginning of a new year, many people often make resolutions to follow a healthy diet. mental_floss compiled a list of the “favorite workday snacks” of nine different authors. Jurassic Park novelist Michael Crichton enjoyed ham sandwiches while We Are Pirates author Daniel Handler enjoys raw carrots.

The other seven writers include Agatha Christie, Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, John SteinbeckStephen King, Emily Dickinson, and H.P. Lovecraft. What do you think? Which snacks help you to stay focused while you’re writing?

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44. ‘Humans of New York’ Blogger Photographs NYPL CEO Tony Marx

Tony MarxHumans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed the President and CEO of the New York Public Library, Tony Marx (pictured, via). Follow this link to see Marx’s picture.

Stanton posted the photo on Facebook and it has received more than 260,000 “likes.” He also included quotes from Marx about the library’s role in the age of information:

“The library isn’t going to compete with the internet. It’s going to be part of the internet. New York libraries have one of the greatest collections of information in the world, and one of our goals is to have it all curated, linked, and navigable.”

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45. Neil Gaiman Wants Terry Pratchett to Enjoy the Good Omens Dramatization

Neil GaimanWhat was the reason behind Neil Gaiman’s desire for a Good Omens adaptation?

Gaiman wanted the co-author behind this book, Terry Pratchett, to enjoy it before his dementia became more advanced. In the past, Gaiman has written about the anger he personally feels about Pratchett’s illness.

In an interview with RadioTimes, Gaiman explained: “I do feel that time’s running out. I want Terry to be able to enjoy this while he’s still able to enjoy it…Terry still has all of his faculties. He’s fighting Alzheimer’s, but he has a rare kind of Alzheimer’s which means physical objects no longer make sense to him, but he still has memory, and he still has a mind, and he’s still very much the sharpest knife in the drawer.”

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46. 2014 TED Presentations from Writers

ted logoDo you need a boost of inspiration for 2015?

We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year. Our list includes Extra Yarn author Mac Barnett, Lunch Lady series creator by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, The House of the Spirits author Isabel Allende, and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist that feature master storytellers called “How to Tell a Story.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
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47. Rick Riordan Unveils His Favorite Reads of 2014

SoN_NYC3-1024x683Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan has unveiled a list of his favorite books that he read in 2014.

Riordan confesses that he reads “a wide mix of books. Some are middle grade, some YA, some adult, some fiction and some nonfiction.”

Riordan listed 21 titles in a blog post including Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, and City of Bones (the Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare. What do you think?

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48. Maira Kalman Solo Show Opens at the Julie Saul Gallery

My Favorite ThingsMaira Kalman’s solo exhibition, “My Favorite Things,” has opened at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City.

According to the press release, Kalman “explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees it and lives it. The disparate elements, she says, are bound together by sheer luck.”

Several of Kalman’s paintings are featured in her latest book which shares the same name as this art show. The closing date has been scheduled for February 08, 2015. Follow this link to listen to Kalman’s New York Public Library podcast on her favorite things.

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49. Frank Warren: ‘I think of the secrets as being more than individual voices.’

Frank WarrenHave you ever mailed a postcard to PostSecret? We sat down with the founder of this project, Frank Warren, to talk about his newest book, The World of PostSecret. Follow this link to hear Warren’s 2012 TED Talk. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: The World of PostSecret is your sixth book. How does the book creation process start for you?
A: I think it starts with a secret (a postcard). From there, I curate, collect, and weave together these stories using people’s secrets in a way that tells a different kind of story. I don’t know how that story is going to end until the book is done. In this case, it took five years.

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50. Navy Seal Author of ‘No Easy Day’ Sues Lawyer

9780525953722_p0_v1_s260x420Matt Bissonnette, aka Mark Owen, the Navy Seal who wrote his account of killing Osama Bin Laden, is suing his lawyers for bad advice regarding the book.

The 2012 book, No Easy Day, led to a Pentagon inquiry and a criminal probe by the Justice Department. Bisonette claims that his attorneys Kevin Podlaski and Carson Boxberger advised him that it would be fine to publish a book about the covert mission. Bissonnette is seeking damages for fines and and for lost income on would-be consulting jobs and speaking engagements.

The Christian Science Monitor has more: “The lawsuit said Bissonnette has agreed as part of a negotiated settlement to forfeit to the U.S. government the majority of all income he has received from the book, along with future income. It said the payment to the government has already exceeded $4.5 million.”

 

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