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TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘Positive’ by Paige Rawl

PositiveThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pickPositive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl.

This selection marks the first time this book club will focus on a nonfiction title. Participants are encouraged to share messages and pictures on social media with the hashtag #PositiveProject.

According to the press release, “NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager will join Rawl for a Q&A session about her memoir at The Atlantic and MAC AIDS Fund’s Town Hall on Activism on Friday, November 14. The Town Hall on Activism convenes leaders around the country for a discussion on social justice and philanthropy to inspire positive action.”

Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

19 Indie Publishing Houses Sign with the Independent Publishers Group

ipg19 independent publishing houses have signed on with the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). According to the press release. these companies publish a wide range of genres from children’s books to short fiction to academic titles.

As of September 01, 2014, IPG has already begun to serve as a distributor for Reading Rainbow, Inc. The distribution for the other publishers will start in October 2014 and continue throughout January 2015.

Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer Sign On as Indies First Spokespeople

Neil Gaiman & Amanda PalmerThe American Booksellers Association has recruited Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and his rockstar wife Amanda Palmer (both pictured, via) to serve as spokespeople for this year’s Indies First campaign.

Gaiman and Palmer penned an open letter calling for fellow writers to participate. Those who answer the call will be serving as volunteer sellers at their favorite independent bookstores on Saturday, November 29th (aka “Small Business Saturday“).

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie conceived of the idea and helped to launch this initiative last year. More than 1,100 authors participated in the 2013 event including Kelly Barson, Cheryl Strayed, and Jon Scieszka.

VIDEO: ‘Thug Kitchen’ Cookbook Trailer Features NSFW Language

A hilarious trailer has been released for The Thug Kitchen Cookbook. The video embedded above features a constant flow of profanity and NSFW language—what do you think?

The finished book contains 50 color photos and 100 recipes. Rodale Books plans to release it on October 07, 2014.

Stan Lee Stars in a Banned Books Week Video

How does Stan Lee feel about censorship? In honor of Banned Books Week, the legendary comics creator participated in the virtual read-out.

In the video embedded above, Lee talks about the value of comic books and graphic novels; he firmly believes that these books cultivate a lifelong love of reading. What do you think?

New Anthology Features Essays By Writers Who Love New York City

Never Can Say Goodbye to NYCLast year, Sari Botton served as the editor of an anthology called Goodbye to All That: On Loving and Leaving New York. Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and 25 other writers penned essays on how they renounced residency from New York city.

Botton has been working on a follow-up entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York. Some of the contributors to the new project include Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, and Nick Flynn.

Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will release the book on October 14, 2014. What do you think?

92Y to Host a Dylan Thomas Exhibit

92Y“Dylan Thomas in America—A Centennial Exhibition” will be displayed at the 92Y. The curators organized this exhibit in celebration of Thomas’ 100th birthday. The famous Welsh poet first visited this New York City institution back in 1950 for his first reading event in the United States.

Visitors will see photos, letters, postcards, manuscripts and drawings inside the Milton Weill Art Gallery. It will open on October 26, 2014 and close on December 04, 2014. Follow this link to learn more information.

Sheryl Sandberg Stars in Comic Book

FFSherylSandbergBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg.

Publisher Darren G. Davis had this statement in the press release: “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations – many of them ignored by the mainstream media – that resulted in Sheryl Sandberg becoming a leading voice in empowering successful businesswomen. A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”

This new project, part of the Female Force series, contains a story written by Michael L. Frizell and artwork by Angel Bernuy. Other women who have been featured in this series include Mother Teresa, Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey, and more.

Aidan Gillen Joins ‘The Maze Runner’ Film Cast

Scorch TrialsAidan Gillen has become well-known for playing the evil Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on the Game of Thrones HBO series. The actor has signed on to step into the shoes of another villain for The Maze Runner film franchise.

Gillen will portray Janson (a.k.a. Rat-Man). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillen’s character “becomes the main antagonist of the Maze Runner books.”

Shooting for The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the series, is set to start in October 2014. A theatrical release date has been scheduled for September 18, 2015.

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