Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mathur: “Maya was grumpy. She didn’t know why she was grumpy. She was just in a crispy, cranky, grumpy, grouchy mood. She didn’t want to read or color or eat banana slices or wear her favorite shorts or go outside and play. So she GRUMPED, GLUMPED, CLUMPED, and THUMPED around the house. Can Grandma’s patience and humor coax Maya out of her bad mood?” (May 2013)
Have you ever imagined getting recommendations from a National Book Award-winning author while shopping at a bookstore? On November 30th (aka “Small Business Saturday“), bibliophiles may meet some of their favorite writers serving as guest booksellers at independent bookstores.
Some of the authors who have volunteered to take part include Wild novelist Cheryl Strayed, Battle Bunny writer Jon Scieszka (pictured, via), and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie. Follow this link to view a map of the participating bookstores.
Bookseller Michelle Barron hopes to raise $10,000 to open The Book House at its new location. This St. Louis-based independent bookstore has been in business for the past 30 years.
The funds will be used to cover the costs of re-modeling the new store. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“Our new location at 7352 Manchester Road is in the heart of a wonderful community, surrounded by many other locally owned businesses in the special historic district off Maplewood Missouri. The new store will be almost 8000 sq feet (more than twice the size of our old location!) with plenty of room to expand with special areas for local authors and new releases, a children’s room, art and rare books room, extra space for book signings, events, book clubs and community programs.”
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has designed 20 Forever stamps with scenes from the Harry Potter movies. The Examiner has posted an image of one of the stamps.
The remaining 19 stamps will be unveiled on November 19th (the official sale date). According to USA Today, the USPS will only print five million booklets with these limited-edition stamps.
Brian Epstein, the legendary music manager behind The Beatles, will star in his own graphic novel entitled The Fifth Beatle. Dark Horse Comics will release the book on November 19th.
Vivek J. Tiwary, a Broadway show producer, penned the story. Andrew C. Robinson, a comics artist, created the hand-painted illustrations. Kyle Baker, an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, contributed “a special section paying homage to the 1960s Beatles cartoons.”
Disney will produce a stage adaptation of William Goldman’s 1973 novel, The Princess Bride. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it has not-yet-been confirmed whether this theatrical production will be a musical or a play.
Variety reports that producer Thomas Schumacher has come on board to develop this adaptation. Many fans have felt that “the property, a comic fantasy-romance that generated the now-iconic film adaptation, has long seemed a natural candidate for a large-scale stage version, given its highly recognizable title and a fanciful storyline that would seemingly accommodate musical numbers without much friction.”
Yesterday, author Markus Zusak and filmmaker Brian Percival (pictured, via) appeared in New York City to promote The Book Thief movie adaptation. During the event, they answered questions, showed the trailer, and shared film clips.
For Zusak, his main mission as a writer is to “write so much like me that no one else could have told that story. For better or worse.” While working as a teacher, Zusak encouraged his students to adopt this philosophy. What do you think?
Zusak feels that The Book Thief focuses on the idea that “we’re made of many things, but one of the most important things we’re made of are stories.” He also revealed that he has been working on a manuscript for the past six years, but needs to “stop mucking around” and finish it.
YouTube sensation Ylvis has signed a picture book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Norwegian comedic duo has written a story based on their hit song, “The Fox.” Follow this link to view the music video.
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with the Creative Artists Agency. Senior editor Christian Trimmer will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for December 10, 2013.
Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.
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Five writers will talk about “transgressions” at forthcoming Franklin Park Reading Series event. Hear them on Monday, November 11th at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)