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‘The News Sorority’ Tells the Story of Female TV News Anchors

UnknownIn her new book, Shelia Weller tells the triumphant story of how leading female TV news reporters Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour achieved success.

The story reveals how these women climbed the ladder to success and uncovers rivalries in the newsroom. The Daily Beast has published some highlights from the book, which is not without its tawdry rumors.

For instance, this excerpt: “When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: ‘I wonder who she blew this time to get it.’”

 

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‘Infinite Jest’ Adapted in Lego

infinitejestKevin Griffith, an English professor in Ohio has teamed up with his 11 year old son to create a Lego adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest.

Brick Jest” recreates 100 scenes from the tome. The two have documented the project with photography with text captions.

The pair were inspired to create Brick Jest after reading Brendan Powell Smith‘s The Brick Bible, a series of books that teach Bible stories to kids with Lego. Check it out:  ”Wallace’s novel is probably the only contemporary text to offer a similar challenge to artists working in the medium of Lego.  The artist in this case was Griffith’s eleven-year-old son, Sebastian, who created all the scenes based on his father’s descriptions of the relevant pages.”

 

Suge Knight Shooting May Have Stemmed From Book Proposal

suge_twitter_400x400Former Death Row Records co-founder/CEO Suge Knight was shot last weekend at a VMA pre-party hosted by rapper Chris Brown. Now rumors are circulating that the incident may have gone down been because Knight was shopping a tell-all book.

According to Page Six, Knight has been trying to sell an autobiography. Knight had a deal with Penguin’s Riverhead Books back in 2002, but the project never came to fruition.

The New York Post has the scoop: “We’re told that Knight — who’s refused to talk to police about last weekend’s shooting — was also recently shopping a movie and had filmed a pilot for a reality show a few years ago, though it’s never aired. ‘Suge doing a tell-all book would be a huge best seller, and probably one of the few things he could do,’ a source told us.”

Academic Collects 2.6M Copyright-Free Images on Flickr

internetarchiveAmerican academic Kalev Leetaru has been going through the Internet Archive to build a database of copyright-free photos online.

He has uploaded the collection and tagged them on Flickr. So far the collection boasts more than 2.6 million images.

BBC has the story: “The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization. The images have been difficult to access until now. Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures. ‘For all these years all the libraries have been digitising their books, but they have been putting them up as PDFs or text searchable works,’ he told the BBC.”

Florida University Opens ‘Bookless’ Library

floridapolytechniclibraryThe Florida Polytechnic University has opened its doors for the semester with a new library, but the library doesn’t have any print books.

Instead, the new space designed by modernist Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, features a collection of 135,000 eBooks.

The Guardian has more: “‘Our on-campus library is entirely digital,’ said director oflibraries Kathryn Miller. ‘We have access to print books through the state university system’s interlibrary loan program.  However, we strongly encourage our students to read and work with information digitally.’”

Sherman Alexie & Jess Walter Hosts a Literary Podcast

Walter & AlexieTwo writers, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, plan to launch a podcast called “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment.”

The premiere podcast was unleashed on August 25th and it contains two episodes. Followers can expect a new one to be released every other Wednesday. Every now and then, the writers will share readings from their work-in-progress manuscripts.

Here’s more from The L.A. Times: “The show comes from Infinite Guest, a new podcast network from American Public Media…Basketball and other sports will be discussed on the show — slightly unusual for a literary podcast. They’ll be interviewing literary figures and also people with lives that aren’t connected to books.”

Viking Children’s Books to Publish New Sarah Dessen YA Novel

Sarah DessenYoung adult author Sarah Dessen has signed a deal to pen her twelfth novel Saint Anything. The story stars a young girl named Sydney who deals with the despair and consequences that follows from her older brother’s incarceration.

Viking Children’s Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the book on 2015. Publisher Ken Wright negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Leigh Feldman. Editor-at-large Regina Hayes will edit the manuscript.

Dessen (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “This book has a bit of everything I love to write about: the joy and complications of family, first love and how one friend can sometimes change everything. I’m so excited for next summer, when I can finally share it with my readers. It’s going to be hard to wait!”

Pen Center USA Unveils 24th Annual Literary Award Winners

Pen Center USAPEN Center USA has unveiled some of the winners of the 24th annual literary awards. Each writer will receive a one thousand dollar cash prize.

At this point in time, the Graphic Literature Award winner and the recipient of the organization’s Award of Honor have not yet been revealed. The group will be honored at the 24th annual literary awards festival. Check out the list of winners below.

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‘The New World’ Turns Novel Into Digital Experience

thenewworldChris Adrian and Eli Horowitz, winners of the Webby & SXSW Interactive Awards for their digital novel The Silent History, have a new digital novel out from Atavist Books that pushes the boundaries of the published word.

The story and the user experience of The New World  reflect the digital experience. The book tells the tale of a tragic love story between two doctors. The storytelling concept was conceived in cyclical structure, and is comprised of three cycles. Readers can swipe between pages and follow the story in different directions based on how they swipe. The reader reads through Cycle #1 and when they are finished, the content page reappears revealing Cycle #2.

Content-wise the story in Cycle #2 moves backwards in time, as readers swipe in the opposite direction. Readers might get the sense that the book has ended with Cycle #2, but once they have completed the text, Cycle #3 appears. This section of the book is read scrolling downwards.

 

Crowdfunding 101: INFOGRAPHIC

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.55.55 AMThinking about launching a crowd funding project? HiveWire has created an infographic which explores trends in crowd funding based on numbers from Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

The graphic includes analysis of all campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo completed by August 7th, 2014. According to the graphic, donors pledged $1.17 billion on projects on the two sites combined in 2013. That number is expected to reach $4.35 billion by 2015. The graphic also reveals that about 26 percent of writing projects met their goal. This is based on about 26,000 projects tracked.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.

 

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