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Deborah Harkness, Daniel Silva, & Marja Mills Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Book of LifeWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 20, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness: “In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.” (July 2014)

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Litographs Crowdfunds For World’s Longest Literary Tattoo Chain Project

Litographs, a company that produces book-inspired art pieces, has raised more than $25,000 on Kickstarter to launch a line of temporary literary tattoos. These funds will be used for the tattoo product launch and to organize the “World’s Longest Tattoo Chain.”

The first 2,500 supporters will be sent a temporary tattoo that features a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; their pictures will help to form the chain. Backers 2,501 to 5,000 will receive a tattoo featuring a line from Through the Looking Glass!. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We have taken the entirety of Lewis Carroll’s most universally-loved book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and broken it into 2,500* individually designed temporary tattoos. Our goal is to recreate this iconic novel by showcasing every single word on the skin of 2,500* Kickstarter backers – in other words, YOU.”

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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.

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.

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.”

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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Gene Luen Yang: ‘Our world is colorful, so our books should be too.’

Gene Luen YangWhen we last spoke with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, his advice for writers is to “give up TV.” Since then, he has been hard at work on a collaborative project with artist Sonny Liew reviving the story of an Asian American superhero called The Green Turtle. First Second, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released the print edition of The Shadow Hero earlier this week. We spoke with Yang (pictured, via) to learn his insights on diversity, collaboration, and mapping out a career in publishing. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your first official book deal?
A: My very first book deal was for a two-issue comic book miniseries called Duncan’s Kingdom. It was written by me and drawn by the amazingly talented Derek Kirk Kim. It was published by Image Comics in the late 90’s. The story is now a part of The Eternal Smile, published by First Second Books.

A friend of ours named Jimmie Robinson was already published by Image. Jimmie has done several comics through the years, including Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, and Five Weapons. He sent our submission directly to his editor. Throughout my cartooning career, friends have played key roles.

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NYPL to Host the ‘Over Here: WWI & The Fight For The American Mind’ Exhibit

NYPL 42nd StThe New York Public Library will host a history exhibition called “Over Here: WWI And The Fight For The American Mind.”

According to press release, Michael Inman served as the curator of this exhibit. Visitors will enjoy posters, sheet music for popular songs of that era, literature, clips from propaganda movies, sound recordings of speeches, and more.

This display opens on July 28th inside the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This date was deliberately chosen to remember the 100 years that have passed since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, a decision that ignited World War I. What do you think?

Christopher Walken Signs On as Captain Hook For ‘Peter Pan’ Musical

Peter PanNBC plans to adapt J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a live musical.

Academy Award winner Christopher Walken has landed the role of villain Captain Hook. Hollywood veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on as producers.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Based on James M. Barrie’s revered book and musical, NBC’s new take, which hails from Universal Television, comes after the network in 1955 staged a live broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan that opened in 1954. The show, starring Tony winners Mary Martin and Cyril Richard drew 65 million viewers — the highest rating for a single night program at the time.”

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