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The Cooper Hewitt Hosts The ‘Maira Kalman Selects’ Exhibit

Maira KalmanThe “Maira Kalman Selects” exhibit has opened at the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum). Kalman, an acclaimed author and illustrator, chose 40 objects for this display. She (pictured, via) sourced these items from the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection.

According to the Smithsonian website, Kalman’s objective with this project was “to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.” A closing date has been scheduled for June 14, 2015. Follow this link to hear Kalman’s TED talk.

John Cleese & Thomas Pynchon Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

CleeseWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending December 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) So, Anyway… by John Cleese: “Cleese was just days away from graduating Cambridge and setting off on a law career when he was visited by two BBC executives, who offered him a job writing comedy for radio. That fateful moment—and a near-simultaneous offer to take his university humor revue to London’s famed West End—propelled him down a different path, cutting his teeth writing for stars like David Frost and Peter Sellers, and eventually joining the five other Pythons to pioneer a new kind of comedy that prized invention, silliness, and absurdity.” (November 2014)

(Debuted at #14 in Paperback Fiction) Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon: “It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that ‘love’ is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble.” (June 2012)

Curves Photography Book Featured On Kickstarter

Victoria Janashvili hopes to raise $37,500 on Kickstarter for Curves. This photography book features models with a variety of different body types.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of hiring an editor, bringing in a designer, studio expenses, printing, and shipping. We’ve embedded a video about the project above; learn more from the Kickstarter page:

“In today’s society the suicidal rate is the highest in recorded history and it’s mostly appearance based. This means that by spreading an image of a realistic and beautiful body that women of all ages can relate to and find beautifully portrayed we can save some lives. This is an important book. For the fashion industry. For media. For women.”

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Novels Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC

Knowledge Is BeautifulWhat fiction books do you typically like to recommend? Designer David McCandless created an infographic called “Novels Everyone Should Read” for his new book, Knowledge is Beautiful.

Some of the titles featured in this image include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. (via The Huffington Post)
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Warner Bros. Unveils New Trailer For In the Heart of the Sea

Warner Bros. has unveiled a new trailer for In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard took the helm on this film adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning nonfiction title.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase, Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy, and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville. Deadline reports that this movie features the “true survival story of the whaling ship Essex that inspired Melville to write Moby Dick.”

The Fault in Our Stars Named Most Popular Book Within The Twittersphere

tfioscoverBookVibe has examined 80 million Twitter posts from the past 12 months. Quartz reports that the data shows that the most popular book on the Twittersphere is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Green’s hit young adult novel was mentioned in 1.2 million tweets. The books that made it onto the top 10 list are a mix of recently published hit titles and classic icons of literature; several of them have inspired highly successful film adaptations.

According to the article, “recent research suggests that film adaptations of books have the ability to influence people to read, so while critics may bemoan the latest adaptation of a book for the silver screen, the halo effect does increase the book’s readership which, at the end of it all, is exactly what the author wants.” Below, we’ve featured the full top 10 list—what do you think?

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Brian Floca Shares Writing Advice

BrianFlocaBioPicEarlier this month, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books creator Brian Floca spoke at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his presentation, he talked about the creative processes behind Locomotive, Ballet For Martha, and The Racecar Alphabet.

Floca (pictured, via) also shared several pieces of writing advice. We’ve collected three of Floca’s tips below—what do you think?

(1) Take the step of “writing what you know” a little further and “write what you want to know.”

(2) “Writing is all about re-writing.”

(3) “Research helps to guide the writing. Writing helps to guide the research.”

Batman Stars in a TED-Ed Lesson About Bats

The TED-Ed team has created a science lesson starring The Dark Knight. It explores the role that bats play in the world’s ecosystem and how these creatures are both “widely misunderstood and vilified.” The animated video embedded above features both Batman and cameos from several of Gotham City’s most infamous villains such as the Joker, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy. What do you think?

Fan-Made ‘Marvel vs DC Epic Trailer’ Goes Viral

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the superheroes of Marvel and DC comics met one another? The person behind the Alex Luthor YouTube channel has created the “Marvel vs DC Epic Trailer.”

The fan-made video embedded above features appearances from Superman, The Hulk, Batman, The Flash, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Thus far, it has drawn more than 1.3 million views. (via

Trailer Unleashed For True Story

A trailer has been unleashed for True Story. This film adaptation is based on Michael Finkel’s memoir which shares the same title. The video embedded above features James Franco as Christian Longo and Jonah Hill as Finkel. A limited release date has been scheduled for April 10, 2015. (via The Hollywood Reporter)