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‘Heaven is for Real’ Tops iBooks Bestsellers List

heavenisrealHeaven is for Real by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent has debuted on the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/21. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books on the list.

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James Patterson’s Advice on Writing

jamespattersonBestselling author James Patterson doesn’t consider himself the best writer in the world, but he will admit that he’s a very good storyteller.

In an interview with Fast Company Create, the top selling author in the world shared a number of his tips on writing a page turner. One such tip is to write how someone might tell a story. He explains in the interview:

I think what hooks people into my stories is the pace. I try to leave out the parts people skip. I used to live across the street from Alexander Haig, and if I told you a story that I went out to get the paper and Haig was laying in the driveway, and then I went on for 20 minutes describing the architecture on the street and the way the palm trees were, you’d feel like “Stop with the description–what’s going on with Haig?” I tend to write stories the way you’d tell them. I think it’d be tragic if everybody wrote that way.

Alicia Silverstone Pens Parenting Book

aliciasilverstoneActress Alicia Silverstone has written a new parenting book called The Kind Mama, in which she advocates for happiness during pregnancy and postpartum through a vegan diet and lifestyle.

“I knew there was another way and it would be a more enjoyable, lovely way,” she told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “So I started talking to doctors and medical experts, doing tons of research and found that there was so much support for this way. I wanted to make a guide for women so they could have that experience that they deserved to have.”

The Rodale publication is the second book from the actress and author. Her first book, The Kind Diet, a vegetarian lifestyle guide, was a New York Times bestseller. She is also working on another book for Rodale called The Kind Diet Cookbook, which will include healthy recipes. That title is slated for publication later this year.

Rodale Books acquired the world rights to Silverstone’s latest two titles in 2012 in a deal with Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, EVP and Co-Head of William Morris Endeavor Worldwide Literary Department.

National Book Day Festival Kicks Off in Pakistan

pakistannbdThe National Book Foundation of Pakistan is hosting a three-day book festival in Islamabad. The fifth annual event kicked off today with a number of literary activities.

The event includes a park full of book stalls. Pakistani readers can buy discounted books at these stalls. The goal of the event is to encourage reading among every age group.

Pakistan Today has the scoop: “The three-day National Book Day Festival would be held at Pak-China Friendship Centre under a slogan “Book leads to Peace” and feature school childrens’ book parade, childrens’ book anthem, hoisting of book flag and oath-taking ceremony in the opening session.National Book Foundation (NBF) MD Professor Dr Inamul Haq Javaid will deliver his inaugural address and highlight the important functions and achievements of NBF.”

 

Fancy Nancy, The Collector, & The Berenstain Bears Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

9780062075543We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 20, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #9 in Children’s Illustrated) Fancy Nancy & the Wedding of the Century written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser: “Not only does Nancy help out the bride in this wonderful story, she also gets to attend a fabulous party reception! Fans of Fancy Nancy and weddings alike will laugh along with Nancy as she discovers how truly special even the simplest wedding can be.” (April 2014)

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Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Legislation That Would Make The Bible Official State Book

thebibleIt looks like the The King James version of the Bible will not become the official book of the state of Louisiana, at least not yet.

Louisiana representative Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport has pulled his proposal to make the Holy Bible the official state book before the bill was voted on in the state House of Representatives.

Carmody pulled the legislation despite the fact that earlier this month, the legislation passed the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs. The Times-Picayune has the latest:

In introducing the legislation, Carmody always maintained he was not taking steps to establish a state religion, but rather to educate people. Critics have accused him of foisting faith inappropriately into the government sphere. Others thought such a designation would trivialize the Bible and its importance.

Initially, Carmody had just been intending to designate a specific, historic copy of the Bible, which he thought could be found in the Louisiana State Museum, as the official state book. But lawmakers amended Carmody’s legislation two weeks ago to propose making any copy of the “Holy Bible” the official state book.

Darwyn Cooke Creates a New ‘Batman Beyond’ Short

Artist Darwyn Cooke has created a new short from the Batman Beyond animated series. According to The Huffington Post, it first premiered during the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon.

The video embedded above features a fight between Bruce Wayne’s successor Terry McGinnis and what looks to be a red-eyed version of the original Caped Crusader. Longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy plays the elderly Wayne and Will Friedle reprises his role as McGinnis.

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Julie Andrews Reads Her Poem ‘Missing’

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video of actress Julie Andrews performing a recitation of her poem, “Missing.” Andrews has collaborated with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, on several books including Dumpy the Dumptruck, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother and Child, and Very Fairy Princess.

The mother-daughter writing duo both served as narrators for the audiobook version of the Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies. They won the 2011 Grammy Award in the “Best Spoken Word Album for Children” category. What’s your favorite poem?

Slice Literary & Gillian Flynn Get Booked

gone-girl-book-cover-med-198x300Here 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.

Slice Literary is hosting “An Evening of Fun & Such” pitting agents, editors, and writers against one another in games of trivia and Pictionary. Check it out on Wednesday, April 23rd at Housing Words Bookstore Café starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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UTA to Represent Film & TV Rights to Wattpad Sensation ‘After’

wattpadmobile304Digital writing community Wattpad has partnered with UTA to represent the film and TV rights to After, a story by by Wattpad writer Anna Todd.

The three-part story has garnered more than 500 million reads and regularly trends on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is more about the project from the press release: “Written serially with daily updates to meet reader demand, After became Wattpad’s most shared story of 2013.  Readers have also created thousands of pieces of fan art including images, videos, and music to extend their After experience, helping fuel the viral success of After around the world.”

“After has millions of fans around the world who want to see the story on the big screen,” stated Candice Faktor, General Manager of Wattpad. “Reader demand for After creates a massive built-in audience as the story migrates to film, television and elsewhere.  We’re excited to work with UTA to bring After to life on the big screen.”

 

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