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Jane Austen Fans Break World Record - Posted September 18, 2014
550 dressed up Jane Austen fans came together for a Guiness World Record-breaking event during the Jane Austen Festival. Organizers claim that this group has become the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume. The current record stands at 491 people. The event took place outside of the Assembly Rooms in... [GalleyCat]

The Top 100 Books on Facebook - Posted September 10, 2014
The Facebook Data Science Team curled up with ... [AllFacebook]

Leo Tolstoy Gets a Google Doodle For His Birthday - Posted September 9, 2014
Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday. The image pays homage to three works by the famed Russian novelist: War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Artist Roman Muradov designed the piece. Google has posted ... [GalleyCat]

Rachel Louise Carson Gets Google Doodle for Her 107th Birthday - Posted May 27, 2014
A new Google Doodle has been unleashed to celebrate the 107th birthday of National Book Award-winning author and marine biologist Rachel Louise Carson. According to ... [GalleyCat]

'Pippi Longstocking' Author Astrid Lindgren Gets a Spot on Sweden's 20 Krona Note - Posted March 24, 2014
Beloved children's author Astrid Lindgren will appear on Sweden's 20 krona note. The Riksbank, Sweden's central bank, ... [GalleyCat]

John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle For His Birthday - Posted February 27, 2014
Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck's 112th birthday. Throughout his writing career, Steinbeck penned many beloved works including East of Eden, Of Mice & Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning title, The Grapes of Wrath. To t... [GalleyCat]

Shakuntala Devi Gets a Google Doodle for Her 84th Birthday - Posted November 4, 2013
Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Shakuntala Devi's 84th birthday. Devi became well-known for her ability to generate complicated mental calculations which earned her the nickname, "... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Portrait to Be Auctioned Off at Sotheby's - Posted October 31, 2013
A famous Jane Austen portrait will be auctioned off at Sotheby's. The Guardian has posted up a photo of the portrait. According... [GalleyCat]

War & Peace to be Adapted as Six-Part TV Series - Posted October 8, 2013
The Weinstein Company, Look Out Point, and BBC Worldwide will collaborate to produce a six-part television adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel, War & Peace. Follow this link to download a free copy of the book. ... [GalleyCat]

How to Celebrate Book Lovers Day - Posted August 9, 2013
Happy Book Lovers Day! According to Holiday Insights, the holiday is listed on two dates, but a "vast majority of sites list it... [GalleyCat]

AbeBooks Puts George RR Martin on the $20 Bill - Posted August 7, 2013
What author would you like to see printed on our money? Inspired by Jane Austen's upcoming spot on the British 10 note, AbeBooks printed some imaginary money featuring gr... [GalleyCat]

90,000+ Readers Sign Petition for 'Report Abuse' Button on Twitter - Posted July 30, 2013
After Caroline Criado-Perez helped get novelist Jane Austen's face on the 10 note in the UK, she was swamped with abusive comments on Twitter. Since then, more than 90,000 people have signed an online petition... [GalleyCat]

Trailer Released for 'Austenland' by Shannon Hale - Posted July 15, 2013
An official trailer has been released for a film adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel, Austenland. We've embedded the video above-what do you think? The film hits theaters on August 16, 2013. Twilight... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Could Get a Spot on UK's 10 Note - Posted July 9, 2013
Beloved writer Jane Austen may replace author and naturalist Charles Darwin on the UK's 10 note. Sir Mervyn King, the outgoing governor of the ... [GalleyCat]

Celebrate Franz Kafka's Birthday with a Google Doodle & Free Books - Posted July 3, 2013
Google has created a Google Doodle to celebrate Franz Kafka's 130th birthday. Follow these links to download a free copy of The Metamorphosis and The Trial... [GalleyCat]

Douglas Adams Gets Interactive Google Doodle for His Birthday - Posted March 11, 2013
Google has created an interactive Google Doodle celebrating Douglas Adams' 61st birthday. The UK author is best known for his comedic science-fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Gui... [semanticweb.com]

Douglas Adams Gets Interactive Google Doodle for His Birthday - Posted March 11, 2013
Google has created an interactive Google Doodle celebrating Douglas Adams' 61st birthday. The UK author is best known for his comedic science-fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Gui... [GalleyCat]

How to Find Free Romance eBooks this Valentine's Day - Posted February 14, 2013
Today is a day for lovers and a great day to get into some romance novels. To help you celebrate we've checked out the free eBook sites to give you a run down on where you can find the best free eBook romance novels. Public Book Shelf ... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Pride & Prejudice Turns 200 - Posted January 28, 2013
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can download a free eBook edition or a ... [GalleyCat]

Small Demons Counts Content Deals with Five of the Big Six Publishers - Posted January 15, 2013
Small Demons, the site that explores the people, places and things inside of books, has cut a content deal with Penguin. Here's more from the release: Having already inked deals with Simon & Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins and Hach... [GalleyCat]

Writer Rumble Video Game Lets You Fight as a Famous Author - Posted November 30, 2012
The 99-cent Writer Rumble video game for iOS devices lets you play a famous writer and battle with word games. Characters include H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Alla... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Free Books That Inspired Stephenie Meyer - Posted November 16, 2012
Breaking Dawn Part 2, the last installment of The Twilight Saga film franchise, has been released this week. We've collected links to five free digital books that inspired Stephenie Meyer... [GalleyCat]

Free eBook Flowchart - Posted August 15, 2012
What's your favorite kind of book? We've created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg. Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Ch... [GalleyCat]

Free eBook Flowchart - Posted August 15, 2012
What's your favorite kind of book? We've created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg. Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Ch... [semanticweb.com]

The Hunger Games Trilogy Rules Most Highlighted Passages of All Time List - Posted May 3, 2012
The Hunger Games trilogy now rules Amazon Kindle's Most Highlighted Passages of All Time List. Out of the ten most popular quotes underlined by Kindle readers, eight passages were from the dystopian trilogy that spawned a blockbuster film. T... [GalleyCat]

How Letter Writing Can Help Novelists - Posted March 1, 2012
Last month, writers around the world took the Month of Letters Challenge, a month-long letter writing marathon created by novelist Mary Robinette Kowal. We interviewed Kowal on the ... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Murder Theory - Posted November 16, 2011
Crime novelist Lindsay Ashford's new novel, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen, explores the possibility that Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen was murdered. According to ... [GalleyCat]

Ralph Fiennes to Adapt The Invisible Woman - Posted August 10, 2011
While many know actor Ralph Fiennes for playing Harry Potter's nemesis Lord Voldemort, he has also started directing. One of his post-Harry Potter film projects includes directing an adaptation of ... [semanticweb.com]

Free eBooks Every Day - Posted August 2, 2011
Feeling strapped for cash after buying a $130 eReader? No problem--try eBookNewser's Free eBook of the Day column. Today's free eBook is ... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Stars in 'Word Fighter' Video Game - Posted July 22, 2011
Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen stars in a new video game called "Word Fighter." The video embedded above shows two characters from the game, J.D. "The Hero" (an orphan scholar) and Neil "The Rival" (an ivy league graduate student). Ac... [GalleyCat]

'Persuasion' Is Free eBook Today - Posted July 22, 2011
Last week a Jane Austen manuscript for an unfinished novel sold at auction for$1.6 million. For those readers with less expendable incomes, ... [FishbowlDC]

Jane Austen Manuscript Sold for $1.6M - Posted July 14, 2011
Today an anonymous bidder paid $1.6 million for 68 pages from Jane Austen's unfinished manuscript, The Watsons--far exceeding ... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Manuscript Up For Auction - Posted July 13, 2011
Jane Austen's unpublished manuscript for a novel called The Watsons will be auctioned off at ... [GalleyCat]

V.S. Naipaul Claims No Female Writer Is His Equal - Posted June 2, 2011
Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul made a few more enemies in a Royal Geographic Society interview. According to ... [GalleyCat]

Anonymous Obama Novel Excerpts Released - Posted January 18, 2011
Today Simon & Schuster released more details, a web video, and excerpts from O: A Presidential Novel--an anonymousl... [GalleyCat]

Write Bad Jane Austen for Prizes and Publication - Posted December 6, 2010
Ever read Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and wish you had wrote it first? Now you can enter the Jane Austen parody game with the Bad Austen contest and win $250 in prize money. Read the complete rules ... [GalleyCat]

Stephanie Barron Defends Jane Austen at Conference - Posted November 1, 2010
As a controversy rages about the literary legacy of Jane Austen, novelist Stephanie Barron... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen Needed a Good Editor - Posted October 29, 2010
In 1818, Jane Austen's brother Henry Thomas Austen praised his sister, writing: "Everything came finished from her pen." Since then, Austen has been well known for her highly-pol... [GalleyCat]

New Literary Mash-Up Genre: Tabloid Fiction - Posted October 12, 2010
Russian short story writer Anton Chekhov has joined British novelist Jane Austen on the mash-up victims' list. New Yorker editor ... [GalleyCat]

Jane Austen's Fight Club Counts 200,000 Views - Posted July 26, 2010
The video embedded above mashes up two popular but vastly dif... [GalleyCat]

Booked: Optimists Versus Monsters - Posted April 14, 2010
Today's edition of our Booked feature includes monster mash-up writers and publishing optimists in two events located hundreds of miles apart. Tonight Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Ami Greko, and ... [GalleyCat]

Vampires, Zombies, and Enhanced eBooks: Seth Grahame-Smith on Mashup Publishing - Posted March 8, 2010
Novelist Seth Grahame-Smith watched his entire life change last year when he wrote the bestselling monster mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today on the ... [GalleyCat]

GalleyCatnip: Susan Orlean's Bookshelf - Posted November 18, 2009
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Zombie-ification of Literature Shambles Onward - Posted September 30, 2009
Following the monstrous trend brought to life by bestseller success of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," Del Rey Books just bought Porter Grand's "Little Women and Werewolves"-... [GalleyCat]

"Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters" Author Debuts Novel On The Menu - Posted July 15, 2009
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"Sense And Sensibility And Sea Monsters" Author Debuts Novel On The Menu - Posted July 15, 2009
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Indie Books Top Oprah Winfrey's Summer List - Posted July 1, 2009
Seven independently-published books topped Oprah Winfrey's 25 Books of Summer list this year, bringing an indie spirit to a list traditionally dominated by major publishers. According to MobyLives, only one indie book has made the Book Club during... [GalleyCat]

Summer Cats: Phoebe Sinks Her Teeth into the Classics - Posted July 10, 2008
"This is the first time I've seen Phoebe chew on a book," says Laurie Viera Rigler. "Usually her tastes run to a pair of Crocs that belong to my husband. She doesn't do any damage to the shoes (nor to the book); I think she simply delights in being able to... [GalleyCat]

Austenmania Goes Stratospheric Starting Now - Posted August 2, 2007
The Jane Austen biopic, BECOMING JANE, opens in limited release tomorrow and nationwide the week after. There are a slew of Austen-indebted novels just released on the market. What's going on here, wonders USA TODAY? Of course t... [GalleyCat]

Another "New" Work from Nemirovsky - Posted April 4, 2007
The New York Times' Alan Riding uses the upcoming publication of another previously undiscovered novel by Irene Nemirovsky to discuss just how much impact she's had on readers worldwide - about 65 years after her death in Auschwitz. After the much-dissected success of SUITE F... [GalleyCat]

Footnote-mania Takes Over Classics Publishing - Posted March 16, 2007
If you're like me and pick up a new edition of a classic novel, chances are you spend the bulk of your time reading the footnotes and other annotations added to the edition and don't spend all that much time rereading the book in question. So no wonder the New York... [GalleyCat]

The Teen-ification of Jane Austen - Posted February 5, 2007
Though Jane Austen was all over the book, film and TV world? Then wait till 2007, when no fewer than six forthcoming films and television series, along with plans for new editions of her works, tailored to the teenage market, arrive on the scene. The Telegraph reports on the newest form... [GalleyCat]