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Bedouin Soundclash Frontman Releases First Chapter in Serial Multimedia Book Project

skullandbonesCanadian musician Jay Malinowski has signed a multimedia serialized eBook deal with book deal with HarperCollins Canada.

The Bedouin Soundclash frontman’s new work is called Skull & Bones. The work is comprised of seven digital chapters published one at a a time. The first chapter is called El Ingles Goes Missing. The book includes text, drawings and original songs from his band Jay Malinowski and The Deadcoast. The tracks are embedded into the multimedia chapters.

“After finishing the recording of the album ‘Martel’ with my band The Deadcoast, I decided that I needed to walk The Camino, an 800km pilgrimage that starts in the foothills of France’s Pyrenees mountains and ends on the west coast of Spain, a coastline strangely enough called La Costa da Morte, or The Dead Coast,” Malinowski explained on his site. ”It was during those 40 days of walking alone that I began writing and roughly illustrating “Skulls & Bones” in the cafes at night and during breaks on the side of the seemingly endless path that led to the Atlantic Ocean. This was a personal labour of love.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

David Lehman: ‘Enjoy being a poet. Take pleasure in the act of writing.’

LehmanHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with author David Lehman.

Lehman (pictured, via) has published several volumes of poetry including his most recent book, New and Selected Poems. He initiated The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and has continued to serve as the series editor. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Dave Eggers Has a New Book Coming Out in June

51S96mxB5CL-1._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_National Book Award nominated author Dave Eggers has a surprise book coming out June 17th. The new book from Knopf is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? 

Amazon already has the book available for presale. Check it out:

In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn’t recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn’t want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn’t answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s New Book is Out

strongerJeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon attendee that lost both of his legs during the bombing at last year’s race, has a new book out.

In Stronger, written with author Bret Witter, Bauman recounts his tale as both witness and survivor. Bauman helped identify the bombers, while going through his own personal recovery. The book, from Grand Central Publishing, is now available.

Here is more about the book from the Amazon listing:

Just thirty hours prior, Jeff was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The first bomb went off at his feet as he awaited his girlfriend’s finish. When Jeff awoke days later from hours of surgery, rather than take stock of his now completely altered life, Jeff ripped out his breathing tube and tried to speak. He couldn’t. Jeff asked for a pad and paper and he wrote down seven words, ‘Saw the guy. Looked right at me,’ setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country’s history and beginning his own brave road to recovery.

Author Sue Townsend Has Died

suetownsendBritish author Sue Townsend has passed away. She was 68 years old.

Townsend passed away after having been sick. She had health issues over the last few years. BBC has more: “Townsend, who was left blind after suffering from diabetes for many years, achieved worldwide success following the publication of the books about teenager Adrian Mole.”

Townsend was the author of the novel The Queen and I, as well as the Adrian Mole series of YA novels, a bestselling series based on a thirteen year old boy. The books were adopted into a popular television series in the UK. According to a report in The Telegraph, Townsend was working on a new book in the series when she died.

Naomi Shihab Nye: ‘Read it slowly, and more than once, if you love the poem.’

unnamedHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with author Naomi Shihab Nye.

Throughout her writing career, Nye has penned short stories, fiction books, and poetry collections. Some of the honors she has received include the the Jane Addams Children’s Book award, the Carity Randall Prize, and the The Pushcart Prize. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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UK Army Tries to Block Book They Commissioned

CachedImage.axdThe Ministry of Defence in the UK is trying to block a book that it commissioned on the organization’s campaign in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The organization commissioned Mike Martin, a captain in the Territorial Army, to write the book entitled, An Intimate War – An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict 1978-2012. He has since quit over the dispute.

The Guardian has the scoop: “The MoD commissioned the book by Dr Mike Martin, but took exception to parts of the account. The dispute has gone on for more than a year. In a statement, the MoD said it ‘has a strong record of learning from previous campaigns and encourages its officers to challenge existing norms and conventional wisdom. However, the publication of books and articles by serving military personnel is governed by well-established policy and regulations. When these are breached, the MoD will withhold approval.’”

The book is slated for publication tomorrow.

 

Jo Nesbø to Pen Crime Noir Version of Macbeth

jonesboNorwegian author Jo Nesbø, author of the Harry Hole series, is working on a crime noir version of Macbeth.

The project is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which authors including Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and Howard Jacobson, have been commissioned to adapt classic Shakespeare plays.

The Guardian has more:

‘A thriller about the struggle for power, set both in a gloomy, stormy crime noir-like setting and in a dark, paranoid human mind,’ said Nesbø of Macbeth. ‘A main character who has the moral code and the corrupted mind, the personal strength and the emotional weakness, the ambition and the doubts to go either way … No, it does not feel too far from home.’

Dr. Zhivago Used by CIA to Drive Dissent in Soviet Union

secretThe CIA used Boris Pasternak’s epic novel Doctor Zhivago as a force to spread dissent in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The Post has published declassified documents that reveled that the CIA circulated copies of the book, which was banned in the USSR, for its propaganda value. NPR has more:

The agency called the book “a passive but piercing exposition of the effect of the Soviet system on the life of a sensitive intelligent citizen.” The memo notes that the book is valuable “not only for its intrinsic message and thought-provoking nature, but also for the circumstances of its publication: we have the opportunity to make Soviet citizens wonder what is wrong with their government, when a fine literary work by the man acknowledged to be the greatest living Russian writer is not even available in his own country in his own language for his own people to read.” Careful not to show the “hand of the United States government,” the CIA had two Russian-language editions printed and passed them to Soviet citizens abroad.

Walter Isaacson’s New Book is Coming in October

isaacsonSimon & Schuster will publish Walter Isaacson‘s new book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, this October.

The latest work from the biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, explores how creativity, science and technology intersects. Here is an excerpt:

The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”

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