Irish Has Free Time by Iris Smyles: “Whether passed out drunk at The New Yorker where she’s interning; assigning Cliffs Notes when hired to teach humanities at a local college; getting banned from a fleet of Greek Island ferries while on vacation, or trying to piece together the events of yet another puzzling blackout—’I prefer to call them pink-outs, because I’m a girl’—Iris is never short on misadventures. ” (May 2013)
Dark Horse Comics has declared that March 22, 2014 to be “Hellboy Day.”
“Hellboy Day” was set up to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1.
Mike Mignola, the artist and co-writer behind the first issue, will make an appearance at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles (located in West Hollywood, CA) on that day to celebrate this momentous occasion.
J. K. Rowling has signed on as a co-producer for a Harry Potter play. The author behind the beloved Harry Potter book series will not write the script, but she does plan on serving as a collaborator with a playwright.
According to The Daily Mail, this theatrical production will open in London’s West End sometime in 2015. An announcement on Facebook revealed that this project “will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.”
A team of science fiction fanatics plan to establish a comprehensive science-fiction museum in Washington D.C. The organizers behind the Museum of Science Fiction includes executive director Greg Viggiano, chief curator Phil Smith, director of project management David Hart, and VP of museum operations Mandy Sweeney.
The team has already launched an official website for the museum. Wired reports that the finished museum, slated for opening in 2017, will display “a dizzying array of characters, props and other awesomeness from Star Trek, Dune and the novels of Isaac Asimov to name just a few. There’s also plans for a life-size replica of H.G. Wells’ time machine and a 1:10 scale model of the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
We’ve embedded a video about the project above. The organizers have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $160,000 that will be used to secure a location for a preview museum. Items that will be shown include an 11-foot Starship Enterprise-E filming prop and a Doctor Who TARDIS police box. The opening of the preview museum is scheduled to take place in 2015. (via The Washington Post)
Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed Yaniv Soha, an editor at St. Martin’s Press, and Brian DeFiore, founder of the DeFiore & Company literary agency.
Stanton shot the picture at Madison Square Park (embedded to the side). The two publishing executives posed with funny hats (provided by Stanton) and copies of the New York Times bestselling Humans of New York book.
In a Facebook comment, Stanton complimented the two men calling them both “great guys and good sports.” He also appreciated that they were “two of the earliest believers in HONY.” We’ve embedded a photo below featuring Stanton with Soha and DeFiore.
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) December 17, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on as a producer for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series.
The Dark Knight Rises actor announced his involvement via Twitter (embedded above). USA Today reports that Gordon-Levitt has not confirmed as to whether or not he will also serve as a director or an actor for this movie.
Here’s more from The Verge: “The Sandman comics tell the story of the Lord of Dreams, most often referred to as either Dream or Morpheus, a wiry, haughty personification of dreams themselves. After being held captive for 70 years, Gaiman’s 75-issue run follows Dream / Morpheus as he adapts to the world he finds outside his prison and rebuilds his kingdom. The comics segue between horror and fantasy, and gained a dedicated following after the first issue was released in 1989.”
Scientist David Kroodsma hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for his memoir, The Bicycle Diaries: My 21,000-Mile Ride for the Climate. Kroodsma (pictured, via) will use the funds to cover the cost of hiring editing, designing, and self-publishing.
This book chronicles Kroodsma’s adventures on a bicycle tour across two continents. Throughout his journey Kroodsma gave talks and presentations on climate change. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“This book incorporates climate change in three ways. First, having an outreach project created a unique journey, as I sought out interesting people and had far more meaningful interactions than if I were merely biking without a project. Second, I studied how the places I visited could be affected by climate change, and the full-sensory experience of biking through them provided a firsthand and personal account of what is at risk. And third, such a trip changed the way I see this global issue, and the book shares this new perspective.”
The Library Lovers League organized a “Books Vs. Billionaires” protest that took place on December 16th. Bibliophiles who took part in this “street theater flash mob” wore sandwich signs featuring book covers in front of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
The protesters spoke out against a proposal that would move many items in the New York Public Library collection to a storage unit in New Jersey. Follow this link to view a news clip from Pix 11. What do you think?
Here’s more from SaveNYPL.org: “The New York Public Library is in peril…Why? So the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch, one of the country’s busiest libraries, can be sold to billionaire real-estate developers and replaced with a luxury tower. A much smaller Mid-Manhattan library would then be crammed into the space made available by evicting the research collection.”
Candlewick Press has launched “E-Volt.” This new Tumblr page focuses on curating young adult eBook deals.
Followers will receive information on digital book deals for both new releases and back list titles priced at $2.99 or lower. In addition, the children’s publisher also plans to write posts featuring fun content such as book excerpts, videos, and quotations from their own young adult list. Some of the books currently featured on the site include Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.
Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.
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Ooligan Press will host a launch party for The Ninth Day by Ruth Tenzer Feldman. Join in on Monday, December 16th at Kilmer Voorhees starting 7 p.m. (Portland, OR)
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