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Andrew Crofts Reveals ‘Confessions of a Ghostwriter’ in New Memoir

9780007575411.225x225-75British ghostwriter Andrew Crofts will lift the veil on his profession in a new memoir called Confessions of a Ghostwriter which is due out next month from HarperCollins Publishers.

In the book, Crofts details his career as a ghostwriter which he got into after his novel got rejected. Crofts has penned more than 80 books including a number of bestsellers.  Here is more from The Guardian:

Ghosts, notes Crofts, lead episodic lives: “It’s a perfect arrangement. You get the commission, have the adventure – anywhere from a palace to a brothel – and return to the security of your own home.”

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Scholastic to Shutter Storia

Scholastic LogoScholastic is closing its children’s book platform app Storia in favor of pushing its subscription model reading platform Storia School Edition. Essentially the publisher will no longer be selling eBooks, and will instead offer access to its collection of 2000 books for an annual subscription price that costs $2000 (based on school size). There will also be a family plan available next year.

“With the launch of Storia School Edition on September 1, Scholastic will transition to a streaming model for children’s eBook delivery,” the publisher explained on its website. “The switch to streaming means that eBooks you’ve previously purchased may soon no longer be accessible.You may be able to continue using your eBooks by making sure to open them on a bookshelf at least once by October 15.” Read more

Cocktails For Book Lovers

UnknownDo you like to drink while you are reading? BookGirl.TV host Tessa Smith-McGovern has authored a cookbook to help you figure out which drinks to pair with which authors.

Cocktails for Book Lovers, out this month from Sourcebooks, includes 50 recipes for cocktails inspired by different authors. Check it out:

From Jane Austen’s little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway’s beloved mojitos, literature and libations go hand in hand. Cocktails for Book Lovers blends these in a delectable book that will delight both readers and cocktail enthusiasts alike. This irresistible collection features 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on works of famous authors and popular drinks of their eras, including Orange Champagne Punch, Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshakes, and even Zombie Cola.

Marvel Reveals Trailer For Contest of Champions Video Game

Marvel has a new video game for smartphones and tablets called Contest of Champions coming out this fall. The comic book publisher revealed the upcoming game over the weekend at San Diego Comic Con.

The game features many Marvel Comics heroes. The publisher shared a trailer for the game over the weekend, which we have embedded above for you to explore. Here is more from the Facebook page: “We’re very excited to announce Marvel Contest of Champions! Here’s a preview of what’s to come! Check back often for sneak previews, behind the scenes info and more!”

Free Samples of 2014 Eisner Award Winning Comics

Eisner LogoThe winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Follow the links below for free samples of books by some of the winners.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples won the prize for “Best Continuing Series” for Saga. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker came out on top in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category for The Fifth Beatle. Matthew Inman took home the “Best Digital Comic” award for The Oatmeal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).”
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Teaser Trailer Out For ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1

Lionsgate has unleashed a teaser for Mockingjay Part 1. The video embedded above offers glimpses of former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, District 13 leader Alma Coin, and the reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen.

Prior to the unveiling of this trailer, the movie studio released two “Panem Address” videos with victors Peeta Mallark and Johanna Mason standing beside the evil President Snow. This film adaptation will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. (via Vanity Fair)

Jenny Milchman & Lori Rader-Day Get Booked

Mystery OneHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Writers Jenny Milchman and Lori Rader-Day will appear together at the Mystery One Bookstore. Meet them on Monday, July 28th starting 7 p.m. (Milwaukee, WI)

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Apple Buys Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

booklampApple has reportedly purchased the book recommendation engine BookLamp, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, stating: ”Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

BookLamp.com did not confirm the acquisition, but left a thank you message for its community on the site. “As of today, though, the BookLamp.org site – which has served as a technology demo for the Book Genome Project – will no longer be available as our company evolves its mission.”

The Book Genome Project helps readers discover new books based on similar titles. If it is adopted into iBooks, the tool could help Apple’s eBook platform improve its recommendation experience.

George R.R. Martin Will Not Write an Episode For ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

georgerrmartinDuring Comic-Con International, author George R.R. Martin revealed that he would not be penning an episode for Game of Thrones season five. Ever since the HBO show began, Martin made it a practice to write one script each season.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin revealed that the reason for this decision is because “I have this book that I need to finish.” Book fans will be relieved to hear that Marin wants to focus on the highly anticipated A Song of Ice and Fire title, The Winds of Winter. Not too long ago, Martin expressed his extreme distaste for people who speculate that he may pass on before wrapping up his epic book series.

Comic-Con weekend also meant the unveiling of a video (embedded below) featuring all the new additions to the Game of Thrones cast. The new characters who will appear in the forthcoming seasons include Doran MartellTrystane MartellThe High SparrowMyrcella BaratheonAreo HotahYezzanNymeria “Nym” SandTyene Sand, and Obara Sand (to be played by Keisha Castle-Hughes). Thus far, this video has drawn more than one million views on YouTube and over 42,000 “likes” on Facebook. Follow this link to watch the season four blooper reel.

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Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, HarperCollins, Rowman & Littlefield

This week, ABRAMS is hiring a publicist for its adult imprint, while HarperCollins is seeking a marketing coordinator. Rowman & Littlefield needs a publicist, and Bauman Rare Books is on the hunt for a rare bookseller. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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