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Lauren Oliver Launches the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge

tumblr_inline_n9j6b3iRja1ro2c9lWriter Lauren Oliver has launched the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge in honor of her forthcoming novel, Rooms.

Every time ten bibliophiles add Rooms to their Goodreads shelf, Oliver tweets out a new section of an original ghost story. She will continue writing this ghost story until Ecco releases Rooms on September 23, 2014.

Thus far, Oliver has unleashed more than twenty sections of her story. Readers can follow along with the hashtag #ghostlygoodreads.

’1984′ Becomes a Symbol of Protest in Thailand

1984George Orwell’s 1984 has become an object of controversy in Thailand.

Thrillist reports that tourists encountered a warning in a travel guide; displaying Orwell’s book in public could mark a reader as an “anti-coup protester.” In fact, a public screening of the 1984 movie adaptation was recently cancelled because the police had informed the organizers that their event would be considered an illegal political assembly.

Here’s more from The Bangkok Post: “One form of resistance to the coup has been ‘reader’ – individuals or small groups sitting on public walkways reading Orwell’s novel. Last week, protesters unfurled a giant poster of Gen Prayuth’s face with the words ‘Thailand 1984′ written below. Opponents of the new regime claim the book’s depiction of a dystopian state where authorities exert absolute control over the lives of citizens compares with Thailand today.”

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Four Actors to Appear at ‘Boxcar Children’ Movie Screening

Boxcar KidsAlbert Whitman & Company will host a book drive by screening the new animated Boxcar Children movie. This event is set to take place on August 16, 2014 at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, IL starting 12 p.m.

According to the press release, the gift of one used book covers admission for two people but note that seating is first-come, first-serve. The donated books will then be given to a Chicago-based literacy organization Open Books. The first 500 guests will take home a special goodie bag.

The two co-directors, Dan Chuba and Mark Dippe, and cast members Joey King, Zachary Gordon, Mackenzie Foy, and Jadon Sand will sit for a Q&A after the movie. After that session, the actors will pose for photos and sign autographs for 100 child attendees. Follow this link for more details about this event.

‘Vampire Academy’ Production Team Launches Indiegogo Campaign

The Vampire Academy movie production team have launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo.

They hope to raise $1.5 million to adapt the second installment of Richelle Mead’s young adult series, Frostbite. The campaign will run until September 05, 2014. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s an excerpt from the message that screenwriter Piers Ashworth posted on the Indiegogo page:

“We have to get this movie made. We have to meet Adrian and understand the new dimension he brings to the story. We have to experience the changes Rose undergoes as she battles the ultimate foe at the same time as coming to terms with her relationships (including the one with her mother). We have to see the battle of wills in the basement – and the surprise of Mia’s use of water magic to incapacitate Isaiah. We have to see the Strigoi for what they really are. Please help make that happen.”

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Singapore Literature Festival to Launch in New York City

10308049_1500231360190285_1724405927841431004_nPoet Koh Jee Leong and writer Paul Rozario-Falcone have been working to coordinate the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival.

The organizers have raised more than $7,000 on Kickstarter to fund this event. Thus far, they have confirmed the participation of fifteen Singaporean authors including Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, and Wena Poon. The festival will take place from October 10-12, 2014 in various venues throughout New York City.

Here’s more from POPSPOKEN: “Besides promoting the festival via social media and an official blog, the Singapore Literature Festival organizers initiated Second Saturdays, an ongoing monthly reading series in New York City featuring Singaporean and American literature. Previous Second Saturdays guests include 2014 Pulitzer Prize for poetry winner Vijay Seshadri, and Joseph Legaspi, co-founder and chair of Asian-American arts organization Kundiman.”

Lev Grossman, Hampton Sides, & Sally Hogshead Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

GrossmanWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 10, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman: “Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic.” (August 2014)

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YouTuber Michelle Phan Lands Book Deal

Michelle PhanBeauty expert Michelle Phan has landed a book deal.

Harmony, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off on October 21, 2014. Those who pre-order the book will receive an exclusive limited-edition jacket designed by Phan herself.

Phan calls this project a “self-empowerment book.” She made a video announcement about this project on her YouTube channel. Thus far, it has drawn more than 330,000 views and over 4,000 “likes” on Facebook.

‘Watson & Holmes’ Comic Series Featured on Kickstarter

New Paradigm Studios hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for the second volume of the Watson And Holmes series. This comics project re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective duo as two African-Americans who live in New York City.

The finished book will contain a collection of one-shot stories. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Money earned will go to covering fees, postage, and printing of the exclusive Kickstarter copies. Leftover money will be used to fund future projects, which include adding more stories to this very trade. As always, if the demand is high enough and additional funds are earned beyond our request, we plan to roll out additional investment rewards and incentives as well.”

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Robin Williams’ Daughter Remembers Her Father With a Quote From ‘The Little Prince’

Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late Robin Williams, shared a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince on Twitter and Instagram in remembrance of her father.

In her posts, Zelda wrote: “You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You – only you – will have stars that laugh.”

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Christopher Walken to Play King Louie in ‘The Jungle Book’ Adaptation

Jungle BookChristopher Walken has signed on to star in the new Jungle Book movie re-make.

The Oscar-winning actor will play the orangutan King Louie in Disney’s live action adaptation. TheaterMania reports that the movie will be released in October 2015.

As we previously reportedIron Man director Jon Favreau will helm this project. The cast also includes Idris ElbaLupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. Who would you cast as Rudyard Kipling’s orphan “man cub” character, Mowgli?

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