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School Librarian Betsy Lobmeyer Wins the Miss Honey Social Justice Award

miss honey awardAmerican Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Penguin Young Readers Group has partnered together to launch the “Miss Honey Social Justice Award.” This prize was named after the kindhearted teacher in Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, Matilda.

The purpose behind this venture is to honor the work of an AASL member librarian. All contestants must collaborate with a teacher to work on a project, oversee an event, or organize a program in the name of social justice utilizing school library resources. This year, participants were asked to draw inspiration from the classic title, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Betsy Lobmeyer, a library media specialist at Plymell Elementary, met with several educators. She recruited 50 students; this group devoted two weeks to making 13 tied fleece blankets and 22 embroidered flannel blankets. This team (pictured) plans to donate “Charlie’s Ever Warming Blankets” to babies in Ecuador. What do you think?

New ‘Life With Archie’ Issue Sells Out at Comic Book Shops

Archie #36

Archie Comics has released Life With Archie #36. This highly anticipated title, which features the death of protagonist Archie Andrews, has sold out at the comic shop distributor level.

The company has already ordered a second printing and plans to release it with a new cover. As we previously reported, Archie meets his demise after heroically taking a bullet for his friend Senator Kevin Keller. The following issue will celebrate Archie and the impact this character has had on pop culture.

Co-CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “This day will never come again. This is not a gimmick. This is not a stopgap for a year until we bring him back in LIFE WITH ARCHIE. While he will live on forever as a teenager in the digests and classic stories, his adventures in LIFE WITH ARCHIE end today, and we will remember his bravery, loyalty, friendship and pure heart. I’ve said this before – Archie represents the best in all of us, and this issue and next week’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37 amplify and celebrate one of the greatest characters in pop culture history. “

Veronica Roth, Edan Lepucki, & Gayle Forman Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

9780062345219We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Children’s Fiction Series) Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth: “Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.” (July 2014)

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Weird Al Yankovic Releases the ‘Word Crimes’ Music Video

What are your grammar pet peeves? Grammy Award-winning musician and picture book author Weird Al Yankovic has released a new music video for his song “Word Crimes” (a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”).

The video (embedded above), the second of eight being released from July 14th to July 21st, was unleashed earlier this afternoon and has already attracted more than 7,900 “thumbs ups” on YouTube. An announcement on Facebook has drawn more than 11,000 “likes.”

In an interview with NPR, Yankovic explained that he wrote this parody partly because of his personal obsession with grammar. The song itself discusses conjugation, contractions, spelling, homophones, proper word usage, and more. It can be found on Yankovic’s 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun.” Follow this link to check out the lyrics.

Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Penguin Random House LogoRachel Bressler has been named editorial director at Plume, an imprint at Penguin Random House.

Bressler has devoted more than two decades to working in the book publishing industry. Her career history includes positions at Barnes & Noble, the Park Literary Group, and Ecco, an imprint at HarperCollins.

Clare Ferraro, the president at Plume, gave this statement in the press release: “We are happy to have Rachel join Plume as our new Editorial Director. Her extensive experience in sales and marketing as well as editorial will help us to carry out our mission to continue publishing strong paperbacks in a supportive environment for authors.”

Daniel Silva, Christina Nichol, Susan Choi, & Jenny Milchman Get Booked

McNallyHere 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.

Crime novelist Daniel Silva will headline an event at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) to discuss the 14th installment of the Gabriel Allon series, The Heist. See him on Tuesday, July 15th starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Keisha Castle-Hughes May Join the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast

gotd304Rumors have been swirling in Hollywood that actress Keisha Castle-Hughes may join the Game of Thrones cast for season five.

Hughes, an Academy Award nominee, will likely play one of Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters (known as the “Sand Snakes”) named Obara SandVanity Fair describes Obara, the eldest of her siblings, as “think Arya meets Brienne meets Oberyn Martell.” Many feel that this character will become a fan favorite.

Earlier this year, a leak revealed that Obara is the “most athletic Sand Snake will be having a major fight scene with a series regular character- not one who crosses her path in the books. This is an interesting change.” What do you think?

2014 ITW Thriller Award Winners Unveiled

itw logoThe International Thriller Writers (ITW) have unveiled the winners of the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards. Check out the full list of winners below. Follow this link to view photos from the banquet celebration.

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How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

murakamiHave you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugo spent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami devotes to writing?

Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.” The image (embedded below) shows the day-to-day schedules of 26 famous creative professionals including Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Whether we’re working on our latest novels, paintings or compositions and stuck in ruts, or we’re novices to the creative workspace entirely, we can all benefit from seeing how Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, and Mozart spent their days — even if it is just for fun.”

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George R.R. Martin Hopes For a Future ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie

georgerrmartinCould Game of Thrones be seen on the big screen one day? George R.R. Martin has high hopes to end this adaptation after seven or eight seasons on HBO with a movie.

According to Screen Daily, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series revealed this idea during an appearance at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. Some speculate that all the work that goes into producing a movie would allow Martin more time to write the sixth and seventh installments of his beloved book series. Others feel that whatever ending Martin intends to pen requires a full movie to capture.

Here’s more from MTV.com: “As Ned Stark so famously warned, winter is coming; we know the White Walkers exist in numbers beyond the Wall, and we know Dany’s dragons are only getting bigger and bigger. It’s only a matter of time before all these forces come to a head, and perhaps a feature film is the only way to do justice to the massive ideas percolating in Martin’s mind.”

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