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Ohio Pastor Urges Library to Pull Twilight Books

NewmoonA pastor in Ohio has filed a complaint about vampire books in the YA section of his local library and asked that the titles be removed. Rachel Mead’s Blood Promise, Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series were all cited in his complaint.

Pastor Phillip Missick claims that the titles are “dark,” “sexual” and “dangerous for our kids.” ABC News has more:

Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald declined an interview but we have Library Director, Mary Cohn’s response to Missick’s complaint, as well as to a petition he had signed by a handful of local pastors. She noted only five percent of all the 1,500 titles in the teen section deal with occult, vampires and the supernatural, and then spoke to the mission of a public library saying materials should not be chosen or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

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New York is Getting a Floating Library

lilacNew York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

Here is more about the project from the website:

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House. Read more

Amazon’s eBook Collection Gets a New Book Every 5 Minutes

amazon304Feel like your novel is getting lost in a sea of other titles in Amazon’s Kindle store? It’s not surprising, as the store’s inventory is growing at an incredibly  rapid pace.

Just how fast? Author Claude Nougat has pegged it at 12 books an hour or about one new book every five minutes. He watched the collection grow from 3,376,174 results to 3,376,186 in an hour, in order to come to this conclusion. Here is more from his blog:

In 24 hours, the number had climbed to 3,378,960, that’s 2786 more books – let’s say, 2,800 a day, that’s over one million books per year – and probably growing at an exponential rate that I cannot calculate for the moment; I haven’t got the data though Amazon does (I wonder whether they are as scared as I am).

David Gregory is Working on a Book

david_gregoryJournalist David Gregory may be out at Meet the Press, but he’s not out of work. According to reports, he is working on a book. Unlike many journalist memoirs, the book will not focus on Gregory’s career. Instead it will focus on his religious life.

TV Newser has more: “Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011 that will focus on his ‘personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.’”

The book is slated for release in 2015.

Anna Shinoda: ‘Time away from a manuscript always gives me a better perspective for editing.’

Anna ShinodaAnna Shinoda devoted several years to her debut young adult novel, Learning Not to Drown. The story was influenced by Shinoda’s personal experiences with having an incarcerated sibling. We spoke with Shinoda to learn her thoughts on research, crafting realistic characters, and more. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: During SCBWI’s annual summer conference, I had manuscripts nominated for their Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award in both 2004 and 2006. While those nominations did not directly get me a book deal, they did lead to a connection with Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, who became my agent in 2006. In late 2008, after several rejections, Jennie called with the news that Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum was interested. I signed the contract and somewhere between my agent’s office and Caitlyn’s office, the contract got lost. Fortunately, when the mistake was caught a few months later, Caitlyn was still very much wanting to acquire the book.

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Marvel’s ‘AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ Exhibit Opens in New York City

Avengers StationMarvel’s AVENGERS: S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has opened in New York City. Comic book fans will be able to enjoy this interactive exhibition at Discovery Times Square until January 05, 2015.

Visitors go through an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recruitment simulation; this allows them access to information files about the superheros that makes up The Avengers. Some of the items on display include Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, and a hermetically sealed Chitauri.

Here’s more from the press release: “NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.”

Scholastic Debuts App to Stir Discussions Between Parents & Kids

image001Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has released a new ad-supported mobile app called KidQ, which is designed as a conversation starter for parents and kids.

The app poses a number of questions such as: Why is the sky blue? Why do we say “ears” of corn? How does your brain talk to your body. The app then gives answers with explanations which readers are encouraged to discuss. Using the app, parents can share their kid’s cute responses via Twitter and Facebook.

The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Dori Weintraub Named VP of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press

DoriDori Weintraub has been named vice president of publicity at St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan, Inc. She will oversee campaigns for both fiction and nonfiction titles.

Weintraub has devoted fourteen years of her career to this imprint. Prior to this appointment, she served as the vice president of marketing, communications, and audience development.

Writers Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dan Santat, a children’s books author and illustrator, has completed the #IceBucketChallenge.

The video embedded above features Santat performing the activity in support of the ALS Association. Before dousing himself with the ice water, Santat requested two colleagues, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jennifer L. Holm, and Sesame Street star Elmo follow in his footsteps.

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Cate Blanchett & Christian Bale Sign on To Jungle Book Adaptation

jungle-bookCate Blanchett and Christian Bale are the latest actors to sign on to star in Warner Bros.’ live action film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The two actors will star alongside Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan in the Andy Serkis-directed film.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop: “Bale will voice Bagheera, a fearsome panther, both of whom save Mowgli from the killer tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) and teach him the law of the jungle. Blanchett will voice Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli, while Hollander will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.”

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