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Harlan Coben Inks Four-Book Deal With Dutton

coben2Author Harlan Coben has landed a four-book deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Ben Sevier, vice president and editor-in-chief at Dutton, will continue to edit Coben’s manuscripts. Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency negotiated the deal on Coben’s behalf.

Here’s more from the press release: “With more than 60 million books in print in over 40 languages worldwide, Coben’s last seven consecutive novels including his most recent, Missing You, have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and on lists around the world…Coben’s third young adult novel featuring Mickey Bolitar, Found, went on sale this week and his next adult stand-alone thriller, The Stranger will come out on March 24th, 2015.” (Photo CreditClaudio Marinesco)

R.L. Stine Reveals ‘Fear Street’ Origins in a Wattpad Essay

Fear StreetR.L. Stine has revealed the back story for Fear Street on Wattpad. The two-page essay, entitled “How did FEAR STREET become the street where your worst nightmares live?“, reveals the origins of this popular young adult series. What do you think?

Stine also posted a three-part excerpt from the forthcoming book, Party Games. This project marks Stine’s return to Fear Street after an extended hiatus. St. Martin’s Press will release the book on September 30, 2014.

Elizabeth Gilbert Offers Odd Advice on Passion

Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the Atlanta stop for Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend. Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she gave a presentation urging attendees to be “the hero of your own life’s story.”

During a Q&A with Winfrey and other guest speakers, Gilbert offered some “really weird” advice on passion. For those who do not have a defined passion, Gilbert thinks it would be best to “follow your curiosity” because “it might lead you to your passion or it might not.”

Follow this link to check out an album of pictures on Facebook. The Huffington Post has uploaded a video clip that features Gilbert doling out this advice. Do you agree with Gilbert’s recommendation?

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GalleyCat Exclusive: New York Times to Launch 12 New Monthly Best Sellers Lists

nytlogoThe New York Times team plans to implement several changes to the book review section over the next few months.

Henceforth, The New York Times Book Review will feature twelve new best sellers lists. These new monthly lists will cover the following genres: politics, business, travel, humor, family, relationships, animals, religion, spirituality and faith, celebrities, food and fitness, science, and sports. Other additional lists will be introduced in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Book Review will also, on a rotating basis, publish in print several popular lists that were previously online exclusives. Those include Politics, Manga, Graphic Novels, Food and Fitness…The new layout creates an additional page for print editorial content including reviews, essays and features. The first redesigned issue features an essay by Henry Alford on book etiquette.”

Ronald Miskoff & Liz Fuerst Collaborate On ‘9/11 Stories: The Children’

911 Student Journalism ProjectRonald Miskoff and Liz Fuerst, two professors from the Rutgers University Department of Journalism & Media Studies, have compiled a digital anthology entitled 9/11 Stories: The Children.

The stories were sourced from the 9/11 Student Journalism Project. The participating student reporters spoke with 20 children who lost a parent and 1 parent who lost a child from the September 11th attacks.

The ibook itself contains original interviews, photographs, and videos. The funds generated by book sales will be donated to a 9/11 educational foundation under the direction of the North Jersey Media Group.

SelfMadeHero Publishes a Graphic Novel Adaptation of ‘The Man Who Laughs’

The Man Who LaughsSelfMadeHero, an imprint at ABRAMS, has released The Man Who Laughs. Writer David Hine and artist Mark Stafford teamed up for this graphic novel adaptation of Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit.

The original book was first published in France back in 1869. Follow this link to access a free digital copy of Hugo’s novel (English language edition).

Since its publication, Hugo’s story has been well regarded within the comics community. It has sparked other graphic novel adaptations and also served as the inspiration for Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker.

Trailer Unveiled For ‘Walt Before Mickey’

A new trailer has been unveiled for the Walt Before Mickey movie.

This film adaptation shares the same title as Timothy S. Susanin’s 2011 nonfiction book which features a forward written by Diane Disney Miller. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Thomas Ian Nicholas as a young Walt Disney and Jon Heder as his brother Roy Disney.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era ‘missing decade’ during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez.”

First Second Books to Publish a Pénélope Bagieu Graphic Novel in English

ExquisiteFirst Second Books will publish an English-language edition of Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu. A release date has been scheduled for May 05, 2015.

While Bagieu is unknown in America, she has become a well-regarded artist and blogger in her native France. In fact, Cadavre Exquis (as it is called in French) was released back in 2010. The story follows a young woman named Zoe who gets caught up with a famous author that faked his own death.

In an interview with The Mary Sue, Bagieu gave her own description for this graphic novel: “It’s about two worlds that were never meant to meet: The Parisian literary scene, and the hard-working twenty-something who’s never entered a bookstore. They’re two worlds that I’m sort of made of, and that I have a lot of tenderness for. What happens when these two planets collide, let alone fall in love? I really liked the idea.”

‘Cat’ Anthology Featured On Kickstarter

Coffee House Press intends to publish an anthology entitled Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong. The inspiration for this project came from the well-attended 2012 Internet Cat Video Festival.

Some of the funds will be used to compensate the contributing writers and to give a donation to the Humane Society. The book features essays with various answers to the question, “Why can’t we stop watching cat videos?” A publication date is set for September 2015. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We left the festival that night thinking about cats, and for the last two years Coffee House Press has been collaborating with the Walker Art Center to put together a project that might capture that fascination and say something interesting—not just about cat videos, but also about how we decide what is good or bad art, or art at all; about how taste develops, how that can change, and why we love or hate something. It’s about people and the internet and why there are so many more cat videos than dog ones.”

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Simon & Schuster Releases the First TED Book in Print

Terrorist's SonSimon & Schuster has released the first TED Book in print.

Zak Ebrahim and Jeff Giles were brought together to tell chronicle Ebrahim’s journey on becoming an advocate of peace. Together, they wrote The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice. The collaborators accomplished this daunting task in less than two months.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “Zak stood in front of 1200 attendees in Vancouver, with 700 more people watching live at TEDActive in Whistler, and more online…Sitting in the crowd was Michelle Quint, the editor of TED Books. ‘I was blown away by his talk,’ she says. ‘It was clear he had a powerful story to tell, an urgent idea to spread. I approached him right after to discuss a potential book.’” Follow this link to check out Ebrahim’s talk at the TED 2014 conference.

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