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Would You Ever Eat Like One of ‘The Boxtrolls’?

BoxtrollsWould you ever eat like one of The Boxtrolls?

In celebration of the forthcoming film adaptation, Cinema Blend will host an insect tasting during this weekend’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Attendees will enjoy edible bug dishes prepared by Chef David George Gordon.

This food truck event will take place at Petco Park on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th. The movie, based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!, will be released on Friday, September 26th. Follow this link to view the official trailer.

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Half Price Books Hosts Shelfie Contest

ShelfiHalf Price Books is currently running the #MeMyShelfandI photo contest.

Bibliophiles are being asked to “show off” their bookshelf “with or without self-portrait” which may feature books, music, movies, or other collectible items. The contest will run from July 21, 2014 to August 04, 2014.

From there, entrants should submit their #shelfies on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For Facebook, the pictures should be posted “directly to the Half Price Books wall using the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within the photo caption.” For Twitter and Instagram, contestants “must mention @HalfPriceBooks and use the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within a photo caption.” Follow this link to learn more details about this contest.

The New Yorker is Offering Free Digital Access to Entire Publication All Summer

thenewyorkerThe New Yorker is publishing its entire print magazine online for free through the end of the summer.

The free giveaway is part of the magazine’s digital redesign, which includes a new website, as well as a new mobile experience. With the redesign comes new content. The site already publishes fifteen original stories a day and has plans to increase this number.Check it out:

We are promising more, as well as an even greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world. For instance, in addition to Daily Comment, which usually concerns itself with political matters, we will also feature a Daily Cultural Comment, a regular column in which our critics and other writers confront everything from the latest debates over the impact of technology to the latest volume from Chicago, Oslo, or Lima and the ongoing sagas of Don Draper, Daenerys Targaryen, and Hannah Horvath.

In the fall, the magazine will return to a limited access website, giving only subscribers full access with the implementation of a new paywall.

George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb To Appear Together in London Next Month

martinhobbsFamed sci-fi authors George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb are getting together for a live event in London on August 19th. At the event, the two authors discuss “how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality.”

Publisher HarperVoyager UK revealed the news on Twitter today.

The event will take place at a venue in Central London. Tickets will go on sale later this week. The tickets will cost £45 each and will include a hardcover edition of Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin.

Ben Cameron: Publishers Need to Match the Book to the Medium

cameronpublicityBook publicist Ben Cameron believes that publishers have a long way to go before they get eBooks right. In a piece penned for The Huffington Post, Cameron recounts his experience of reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on his Kindle.

The book itself is an eBook, according to the storyline, yet Cameron points out that the publisher didn’t go anything to take advantage of this fact when creating the eBook. Instead of making it interactive, they simply took the print files and digitized them.

Here is more from his piece: “At the moment publishers are quickly churning out ebook versions of the mainstays of their print backlists. But more often than not they are doing so without giving a moment’s thought to making even the simplest of changes to the printed book. So we end up with an introduction to an ebook that sings the praises of paperbacks or ebook cover images taken straight from printed books that boast of illustrations – when the illustrations have been stripped from the ebook editions.”

Sherlock Holmes’ Resume: INFOGRAPHIC

holmesresumeWould you hire Sherlock Holmes to work for your company? McGraw-Hill has created a one-sheet for the detective to show off his skill set and help him get work.

The infographic is part of a promotional tool to support the upcoming book The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job.

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

NYPL to Host a ‘Sesame Street’-Themed Multimedia Exhibit

Sesame StreetThe New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host a Sesame Street-themed exhibition called “Somebody Come and Play.”

This multimedia exhibit was organized to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show and celebrate its 45 years of great success. It will run from September 18, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Visitors will not be charged an admissions fee.

According to the press release, this art show “will feature items from the archives of Sesame Workshop and The Library for the Performing Arts including scripts, storyboards, lead sheets, designs, photographs, animation cels, scores and more. Snuffy and Super Grover will be on display in a child-friendly area where children can enjoy Sesame Street books, games, apps and e-books. Visitors will also learn about Sesame Street international programs and view Muppets from other countries.”

Australian Author Among the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

0002030..jpgAustralian author Liam Davison was among those that died in the Malaysia Airlines Flight that was shot down over the Ukraine last week.

Davidson was the author of five books including: The Velodrome, Soundings and The White Woman. He had also published two collections of short stories including The Shipwreck Party.

According to the bio on Penguin Books Australia’s website, Davison was awarded the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993 and was shortlisted for several literary prizes such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Beyonce Posts ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Video On Instagram

The first trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation will be unveiled on Thursday.

Grammy Award-winning diva Beyoncé has posted a short teaser video on Instagram. In the past 24 hours, the piece (embedded above) has drawn more than 388,000 “likes.”

Here’s more from Deadline: “The singer’s involvement in the film has not been confirmed, although when some footage was screened at CinemaCon in March, her ‘Haunted’ was heard in the background. The handsy clip below has a remix of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love,’ but no recognizable shots of leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.”

Bibliophile Socials & Writing Workshops Get Booked

Tongue & GrooveHere 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.

The Book’d in Burbank social gathering will feature mystery, romance, and young adult author readings. Join in on Thursday, July 24th at Theatre Banshee from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Los Angeles, CA)

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