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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?
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 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.”
Martin Ford won the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year for The Rise of the Robots. Ford earned a £30,000 (about $45,581.40) prize, and the other shortlisted authors received £10,000 (about $15,193.80).
According to the press release, “the book discusses the impact of accelerating technology on our economic prospects, and whether the future will see broad based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. The award recognises the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues.”
Past award winners include Thomas Piketty (2014), Brad Stone (2013), and Steve Coll (2012). We’ve posted the entire 2015 short list below.
Shortlist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year
The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford (Oneworld Publications; Basic Books)
Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (Flatiron/Macmillan)
Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin by Nathaniel Popper (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; Harper/ HarperCollins)
Unﬁnished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Oneworld Publications; Random House)
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics by Richard Thaler (Allen Lane/Penguin Press; W. W. Norton)
How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime? by Stephen Witt (The Bodley Head/Penguin Random House; Viking)
age range: 8-12
genre: contemporary fiction with historical flashbacks
Crystal Allen’s website
Please tell us about your book.
THE LAURA LINE is about Laura Dyson, a thirteen year old, overweight girl who has dreams of being a model…or a major league baseball pitcher. Because of her weight issues, students make fun of her to the point that Laura begins to believe that she is all of the ugly things her classmates say she is. It’s not until Laura ventures into an old shack on her grandmother’s farm and finds a ledger filled with documents from the female ancestors in her history, (all of them named Laura) that she begins to stand up for herself. Now, Laura Dyson not only knows who she is, but has evidence of all the wonderful things she can become.
What inspired you to write this story?
My mother raised my oldest brother and sister in an extremely small, one-room, family-built house on my grandmother’s farm. I missed my opportunities to tour this family landmark, but I knew it held valuable history, along with proof of the strength and determination of my mother. I wanted to honor her, and the house, in some way.
Could you share with readers how you conducted your research or share a few interesting tidbits you learned while researching?
Talking with family members and memories of growing up on my grandmother’s farm in Indiana were the biggest tools I used when writing THE LAURA LINE. However, while visiting Boston one summer, a replica of the Amistad was docked in the Naval shipyard, and people were encouraged to tour for free! Since the Amistad was going to make a “cameo” appearance in THE LAURA LINE, I thought this was an excellent opportunity for some research, and the price was perfect! With camera in hand and money for snacks, I took off to the shipyard, expecting a fun day in the sun.
But that’s not what happened.
Touring that schooner caused such an emotional stir in me, I was completely caught off guard by its affect from the moment I stepped onboard. I had no personal ties to anyone aboard the Amistad, yet I wept right there at the shipyard as if I did. To see pencil-drawn portraits of the captives, some as young as seven-years-old, took all of the fun out of my day. I knew the story of the Amistad, but standing downstairs, in the belly of that schooner, put the whole story in my face. This was no longer a research project. It was now personal.
Even though the THE LAURA LINE is based on fictional characters, I felt as if I met the first Laura that day. She was real, and she needed me to feel her pain, her fear, her frustration, her hunger, her tears, her anger. I rushed back to the place I was staying and began to empty out everything I had felt that day, whether it was in complete sentences or not. I will never forget that experience.
What are some special challenges associated with writing historical fiction?
Making sure each Laura was given a talent that existed in her era, and the materials, left by each Laura, were believable.
What topics does your book touch upon that would make it a perfect fit for the classroom?
THE LAURA LINE teaches its readers:
Love yourself. Love your “Line.” Live your dreams.
The post Classroom Connections: THE LAURA LINE by Crystal Allen appeared first on Caroline Starr Rose.
The 2015 Miguel de Cervantes Prize has been awarded to author Fernando del Paso.
According to The Los Angeles Times, del Paso will receive $135,000.00 for this accomplishment. Throughout his career, he has written poetry, essays, and novels. His best-known book is called Palinuro of Mexico.
The New York Times reports that this prize is considered “the highest literary award in the Spanish-speaking world. The annual prize is awarded for an author’s entire body of work.” Past winners include Álvaro Mutis (2001), Juan Marsé (2008), and Juan Goytisolo (2014).
The cover has been unveiled for John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behavior. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Entertainment Weekly, the story for this young adult novel follows a sixteen-year-old named Solomon who suffers from agoraphobia. Dial Books has scheduled the publication date for May 10, 2016.
Convicted murderer Paul Bernardo self-published an e-book on Amazon, and the book is no longer available after people found out and complained about it.
Entitled, A MAD World Order, the work was about: “The top echelons of the Russian government lament for the glory days of their superpower status.” After news broke that the Bernardo had published the work, people took to Amazon to write one-star reviews and demand that the book be taken down. Amazon has not commented on whether or not it removed the books due to these complaints.
The book is still live in Google search cached pages, but when you click through the link is now dead.
The Anne Frank Fonds, a Switzerland-based foundation, has decided to name Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, as the legal co-author of his daughter’s famous diary. In the past, Otto was acknowledged as an editor, the writer behind the diary’s prologue, and the man who had the book published. This controversial change allows the organization to retain copyright to the Diary of a Young Girl until 2050.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Six years ago, the foundation asked legal experts in various countries for advice on its copyright, according to Yves Kugelmann, a member of the foundation’s board. They concluded, he said, that Otto ‘created a new work’ because of his role of editing, merging and trimming entries from her diary and notebooks and reshaping them into ‘kind of a collage’ meriting its own copyright. Merely declaring Otto the ‘co-author’ on copyright filings extends the copyright, legal experts said, though such a stand could be tested in the courts. Readers would not see any changes on the books themselves, foundation officials said.”
Generally speaking, European laws dictate that copyright ends approximately 70 years following an author’s death. Anne passed away in a concentration camp back in 1945 while her father lived until 1980. Within the United States, the copyright for the diary will not end until 2047. The book was first published in this country back in 1952. (via The Seattle Times)
In the wake of the tragedy that has struck Paris, one blogger has decided to craft a poem and share her feelings with the world. Karuna Ezara Parikh has written a piece that has gone viral on the internet.
Parikh’s piece expresses criticism for the lack of attention that the tragedies of Beirut and Baghdad has received. She publicized her moving poem on three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ve showcased the full piece in the Instagram post embedded above—what do you think?
While Parikh does acknowledge that Paris is a city that is beloved by many people, she also feels that “it’s time to pray for humanity. It is time to make all places beloved. It’s time to pray for the world.” (via The Huffington Post)
Open Road Integrated Media recruited a group of authors to perform readings of some “mean reviews” they have received. These critiques were sourced from Amazon and Goodreads.
The video embedded above features the following writers: William Hjortsberg, Alan Jacobson, Sarah Zettel, and Eric Van Lustbader. How do you handle negative criticism?
Don DeLillo has signed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Scribner. He has written a new novel entitled Zero K.
Here’s more from the press release: “Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife Artis Martineau has a terminal illness. Ross is a significant investor in a secretive, remote compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. Lockhart hopes Artis can benefit from this pioneering science.”
The publication date for this book has been scheduled for May 03, 2016. DeLillo was recently named the winner of the 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. In the past, he has been honored with the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Interview Rosita Bird
Hi all. Are you ready to meet another ‘Crimson Cloak Publishing’ author? Today, we meet Rosita Bird.
1) Do you write books as a career, or are you currently still juggling your author time with a full or part time job?
I am retired from Childminding and working at a nursery. I am hoping this will be a new career for me.
2) Have you always wanted to be an author, or did some time or event in your life set you on the path?
No. I had a mental breakdown in 2005 and as part of the therapy I went to a writing group which was mainly poetry. I enjoyed this. I then wrote my first book ‘Vegetables Count.’
3) Do you always write in the same genre, or do you sometimes like a change of theme? If you haven’t already, is there another genre you would like to write?
Yes. Most of my books are for young children aged between 3 – 7. I am hoping to write two in the future about my journey through mental health. Also a true story about my parents, how they met. This will need some research as it involves my grandfather who was taken to a camp by Nazi’s during the Second World War from occupied Holland.
4) As a writer, what is the best thing that has happened to you, and what is that most exciting thing that could happen to you?
I think possibly meeting John L. D. Barnett was good as he helped me get in with his publisher. He was originally going to do illustrations for me but he had a lot on and we had different ideas on illustrations for children. I have been congratulated by Jamie Oliver’s team for my healthy eating books for children and on their Pinterest site. I have also been endorsed by Simon Weston OBE. I have done two books for charity one local Animal Rescue Centre and Care After Combat.
5) How do you view the promotion, book signings etc. Is it something you enjoy, or do you prefer the writing stage?
I am quite shy and uncomfortable with that sort of thing. I have done it locally. Navigo (Mental Health in Lincolnshire) supported me on my first launch.
6) Could you tell us something about your published books, and let us know what they are about and where they are available?
The Rabbit Who Wore Glasses Smashwords link
Emma Tate and The Magic Plate (series to follow)
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Charlie the Crocodile Who Couldn’t Catch A Cold (The Ark Animal Rescue)
Mummy Still Loves Me (a gentle book for children on mental health)
All these are in process with Crimson Cloak and presently with North Wall Publishing.
Rosita’s books on Amazon.
Link to Rosita’s books on Amazon
Rosita’s Facebook page
Rosita on Facebook
Books in process of illustrations are:-
Bobby’s Magic Wheels (hopefully a series)
The Elf’s Secret
Witch Wobblyknees and the Wibbly Wobbly Wand
Emma Tate Learns to Skate
Emma Tate and the Wriggly Bait
Emma Tate Gets Up Late
Emma Tate Gets Lost at the Fete
Mummy Still Loves Me to be re-illustrated
Sounds like you never have a dull moment, Rosita! It’s wonderful to have a career that you love so much. Long may you continue to produce such a varied collection of books. Lynne North.
The Society of Illustrators, based in New York City, is hosting an exhibit showcasing “The Art of Gene Luen Yang.”
The curators behind this program will focus on Yang’s National Book Award-nominated duology, Boxers & Saints. A closing date has been scheduled for Dec. 23.
Here’s more information from the organization’s website: “In this exhibit, Yang shares his process work from early sketches to final product. Featuring color work by Lark Pien. On display in the 2nd Floor MoCCA Gallery.”
The cover has been unveiled for Kate Elliott’s Night Flower companion novella. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to the NOVL blog, the story for this project is set in the Court of Fives universe. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for Dec. 08, 2015.
Penguin Young Readers will publish a parody picture book inspired by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.
The release date for The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard has been set for Feb. 09, 2016. Diana Holquist will write the story and Christopher Eliopoulos will create the illustrations.
Here’s more from the press release: “The deal was brokered by Alec Shane and Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House and Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers, who will edit. Penguin has World rights. The book will have a first printing of 100,000.”
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The Amazon editors have revealed their picks for Best Books of 2015. According to the press release, 22 debut authors were selected for the Top 100 Books of the Year list. Follow this link to see the full list of 100 titles.
We’ve listed the top 10 books below. In addition to a general list, the Amazon team has also put together “top 20 lists in over two-dozen categories.” Did any of your favorites make the cut?
Amazon Editors’ Top 10 Books of 2015
1. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
3. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
5. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
6. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
7. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
8. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
9. Hold Still by Sally Mann
10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut. The video embedded above features a recording made during an event where Vonnegut served as a guest speaker in front of a class at New York University.
During this speaking engagement, Vonnegut shared his thoughts on writing, childhood, and death. In the past, the producers behind this YouTube channel have made pieces with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist Maya Angelou, Fahrenheit 451 novelist Ray Bradbury, and Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak.
Author Rick Riordan has been working on a new five part series called The Trials of Apollo.
These middle grade books will feature characters from two of Riordan’s earlier series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus. The story is set in both Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter. The first installment, entitled The Hidden Oracle, will be released on May 03, 2016.
Here’s more from Riordan’s blog post: “As I explained on tour, the idea came to me while writing Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, because Apollo had been turned mortal twice before when he got on Zeus’ bad side. The first novel has been so much fun to write! The Trials of Apollo is told first person from Apollo’s point of view.”
Marvel Press has announced plans for five young adult and middle grade projects. These novels will be published throughout the year 2016.
According to the press release, Margaret Stohl, best known as the co-creator of the Beautiful Creatures series, has signed on to write a new story starring Natasha Romanov entitled Black Widow: Red Vengeance. It will serve as a sequel to the previously released Black Widow: Forever Red. Tom Angleberger, best known for the Origami Yoda series, will work on a story starring Rocket Raccoon and Groot entitled Rocket & Groot: Stranded on the Planet Strip Mall.
Eoin Colfer, best known for the Artemis Fowl series, will write a story starring Iron Man (a.k.a. Tony Stark). Shannon Hale, best known for the Princess Academy series, and her husband Dean will collaborate on two books. One will star Captain Marvel (a.k.a. Carol Danvers) and the other will shine the spotlight on Squirrel Girl (a.k.a. Doreen Green).
Bestselling author Rick Moody has inked a deal with digital book publisher Open Road Integrated Media (ORIM).
The imprint will publish e-book editions of four of Moody’s backlist titles, which have never been available in digital formats previously. The works include: The Ice Storm, Purple America, The Black Veil, and The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven.
“I was always hopeful that I would find the right spot for the digital editions of my early work,” stated Moody. “Open Road is that spot: a wonderful, energetic, and enthusiastic home. They have an amazing list, full of authors I greatly admire, and I am therefore very honored and delighted to be a part of their innovative and brave project.”
The cover has been revealed for Vivi Greene’s forthcoming book, Sing. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to EpicReads.com, this young adult novel stars “a multiplatinum pop icon” named Lily Ross. HarperTeen has scheduled the publication date for June 07, 2016.
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Beloved author Paulo Coelho has donated three of his books to the Worldreader’s digital library. The nonprofit organization behind this venture allows young students and public library patrons in sub-Saharan Africa to access e-books through e-readers.
Access is also granted to bibliophiles throughout Africa who read using a mobile phone. This digital library currently features 28,500 local and international titles.
Here’s more from the press release: “The titles donated are The Supreme Gift, an adaptation of Henry Drummond’s famous sermon on love written to appeal to all faiths; Christmas Stories a collection of ten Christmas tales accompanied by Paulo’s ruminations on a life well lived; and Stories for Parents, Children, and Grandchildren, a collection of timeless and magical tales from around the world retold by Paulo and illustrated by his wife, Christina Oiticica…Worldreader currently works with over 250 authors from around the world including Stan Lee, Tad Hills, Nnedi Okorafor, and publishers including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and Longhorn Publishers (Kenya).”