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Study Claims That Reading Harry Potter Makes Kids More Gay Friendly

hpReading Harry Potter books can make kids more gay friendly argues a new paper by Italian researchers, published online recently in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

New York has the scoop: “In one study, researchers gave high school kids in Northern Italy two questionnaires: one asked about the books they’d read (both Potter and non-Potter) and the other was meant to gauge their attitudes toward gay people. As it turns out, the kids who were bigger Potterphiles — and who identified with the eponymous character — were also more likely to have positive feelings toward gay individuals.”

New York points out that outside factors could also be at play. For instance, Harry Potter readers could come from more liberal families since some religious groups have criticized the series.

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News Corp. Completes Harlequin Acquisition

harpercollins-304News Corp has completed its acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation.

The romance imprint is now a part of HarperCollins Publishers, but will keep its headquarters in Toronto.

“We are pleased to formally welcome Harlequin and its employees to the new News,” stated Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “The addition of such an iconic brand with a loyal audience, robust global expertise and digital depth is a proud and purposeful moment for our company. Onward to the next chapter.”

 

David Sedaris Has Trash Truck Named After Him

pigpensedarisIn honor of his help picking up litter in the UK, the Horsham District Council has named one of their garbage trucks after author David Sedaris.

The truck was unveiled at a ceremony on July 23rd. The vehicle has a drawing of a pig on the side of it and reads “Pig Pen Sedaris: Thanks David for helping to keep the area clean.

The West Sussex County Times has more: “District councillor for Chantry Ward, Diana van der Klugt, said: ‘David Sedaris is a familiar and very welcome sight in the lanes and by-ways of this lovely part of Horsham District, as he tirelessly and painstakingly goes about gathering up the litter so thoughtlessly discarded.’” (Via The Guardian).

 

Lorde to Curate the Soundtrack For ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1

LordeLionsgate has hired Grammy Award winner Lorde to curate the soundtrack for Mockingjay Part 1. An announcement on Facebook has drawn more than 30,000 “likes.”

Lorde has been tasked with selecting the artists who will be featured on the album. The New Zealand pop singer will also record the first single.

Lorde had this statement in the press release: “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

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PEN Center USA on Kickstarter

PEN Center USA hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to help increase funding for its literary fellowship Emerging Voices.

The organization will use the money to help increase its general operating budget and pay for the cost of books, event space rentals, transportation and printing costs.

The fellowship has been around since 1995 and has supported 119 authors. Here is more about the organization from the Kickstarter page:

PEN Center USA initiated Emerging Voices as a literary mentorship program designed to launch potential professional writers from minority, immigrant, and other underrepresented communities. The program has now evolved into an eight-month writing fellowship for writers who lack access to a traditional writing education for those who seek financial and creative support.

Artist Creates ‘Little Golden Books’-Style Covers Inspired By ‘Game of Thrones’

Storytime FlyerIllustrator Joey Spiotto designed a series of Little Golden Books-style covers inspired by some of the most beloved pop culture properties.

SlashFilm.com reports that Spiotto drew inspiration from Game of ThronesBreaking BadA Clockwork Orange, and more for this project. According to Spiotto’s Facebook announcement, Gallery 1988 East will host an art show to display 50 of his pieces. ”Storytime: A Little Gallery Show“ will run from August 1st to August 16th.

Children’s books fans went crazy when a similarly-themed art show turned up last year at the “Little Golden Tales” exhibit. Artist Matt Reedy was inspired by manga for his “Little Golden Books” art series. Which adult stories, video shows, TV shows, or movies would you want to see as a Little Golden Book?

Hachette Revenues Up 5.6% in First Half of 2014

hachetteHachette Book Group’s net revenues were up 5.6 percent in the first half of 2014, as  compared to the first six months of 2013.

The company attributed the growth to the integration of Hyperion, along with strong titles including The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling, The Goldfinch by Donna Tarrt and James Patterson’s Unlucky 13.

“It is gratifying to have first half sales that exceed last year’s, especially in light of recent market challenges,” stated Michael Pietsch CEO of HBG.

The publisher counted 108 titles on The New York Times’ bestseller list during the six month period, as well as 43 titles on The New York Times’ eBook bestseller list.

 

Allison Williams to Play Title Role in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’ Musical

MarnieGirls actress Allison Williams (pictured, via) has landed the titular role in the Peter Pan musical.

According to TheaterMania, this musical adaptation opened on Broadway back in 1954. Since then, several female actors have stepped into the shoes of the “boy who wouldn’t grow up” including Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby.

NBC plans to air the live telecast on December 04, 2014. As we reported earlier, Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play the villainous pirate, Captain Hook. Who would you cast as Wendy Darling?

The History of Typography: VIDEO

Are you looking for a typeface for your book? Perhaps you’d like it to tie into the era that your novel is set in?

DesignMantic has created a video which illustrates the history of typography, tracing the history of type development through the ages. It is a great resource for those that want to learn the background on the various typefaces that have been popular throughout the ages.

We’ve embedded the video above for your enjoyment.

Elle Fanning to Star in ‘All the Bright Places’ Adaptation

9780385755887Actress Elle Fanning will star in the film adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s debut YA novel All the Bright Places.

Producers Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan acquired the screen rights to the Alfred A. Knopf novel, which is due out in January 2015.  The novel is the story of “a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.”

“We are thrilled to have Elle Fanning star in this profound tale of two teens who find themselves in the heart-stopping throes of love, life and death,” stated Mazur. “Remarkably, Jennifer Niven had pictured Elle when she was writing Violet’s character. She is such a perfect fit, and we look forward to watching her bring Violet to life on-screen.”

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