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Stephen King is Going on a Book Tour

stephenkingAuthor Stephen King is going on a six-city book tour to promote his new work Revival.

King hits the road November 11th and will make stops in New York, Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Follow this link for more details.

Revival will be the second novel that King publishes this year. His novel Mr. Mercedes came out in June. The new book is already generating a lot of excitement. The author revealed the cover for the new book as part of a Facebook game that required readers to like, comment and share a Facebook page in order to find out more about the story.

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Oscar Pistorius’ Agent Denies Memoir

pistoriusOscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter who was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is not writing a memoir about the experience.

Pistorius’ agent Peet Van Zyl has denied that his client is working on a memoir after Van Zyl was quoted in The Observer mentioning such a project. Van Zyl says that the quote was taken out of context.

He clarified his statement to The Independent: ”During the interview, I was asked about the various books (about the death of Ms Steenkamp) that are in the works. All I said was ‘If and when Oscar decides to write a memoir, that’s the only book that will matter.’” (Via NPR Books).

Read a Lost Chapter From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

charlieandthechocolateRoald Dahl‘s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the new release contains a couple of previously unreleased chapters, which were edited out of an early draft of the original book. Vanity Fair has published one of these chapters entitled, “The Warming-Candy Room.”

Here is more from Vanity Fair:

In “The Warming Candy Room,” three boys neglect to heed Mr. Wonka’s warnings and eat too many of his soft-centered “warming candies,” and end up “bursting with heat.” The boys do not appear elsewhere in the book, betraying a key characteristic of Dahl’s writing process. “One of the things that was quite interesting about Dahl was that he didn’t really look backward over his work,” Sturrock explains. “It’s not as if this was just the one missing chapter; there are many bits and pieces of the book that fell along the wayside. Once he decided that something wasn’t working, he just moved on.”

This isn’t the first new chapter to make the rounds. Last month, The Guardian published another early chapter that was cut called, “The Vanilla Fudge Room.” The new book has also brought out about a controversial new book cover and a golden ticket sweepstakes.

R.L. Stine Reveals ‘Fear Street’ Origins in a Wattpad Essay

Fear StreetR.L. Stine has revealed the back story for Fear Street on Wattpad. The two-page essay, entitled “How did FEAR STREET become the street where your worst nightmares live?“, reveals the origins of this popular young adult series. What do you think?

Stine also posted a three-part excerpt from the forthcoming book, Party Games. This project marks Stine’s return to Fear Street after an extended hiatus. St. Martin’s Press will release the book on September 30, 2014.

Elizabeth Gilbert Offers Odd Advice on Passion

Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the Atlanta stop for Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend. Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she gave a presentation urging attendees to be “the hero of your own life’s story.”

During a Q&A with Winfrey and other guest speakers, Gilbert offered some “really weird” advice on passion. For those who do not have a defined passion, Gilbert thinks it would be best to “follow your curiosity” because “it might lead you to your passion or it might not.”

Follow this link to check out an album of pictures on Facebook. The Huffington Post has uploaded a video clip that features Gilbert doling out this advice. Do you agree with Gilbert’s recommendation?

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Leo Tolstoy Gets a Google Doodle For His Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. The image pays homage to three works by the famed Russian novelist: War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Artist Roman Muradov designed the piece. Google has posted an essay Muradov wrote explaining his creative process: ”The language of cartooning, likewise, is the language of reduction; it’s less descriptive than realistic artwork or film, and is less likely to replace the reader’s vision. It seemed fitting to focus on Tolstoy’s central theme of dualism and to highlight his stylistic nuances through the rhythm of the sequences – the almost full moon against the almost starless night, the red of Anna’s handbag, Ivan’s fatal curtains that stand between him and the light of his spiritual awakening.”

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Russell Edwards Pens Book Called ‘Naming Jack the Ripper’

Naming Jack the RipperRussell Edwards, a man who calls himself an “armchair detective,” has allegedly identified the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

In an article published in The Daily Mail, Edwards recounts how he teamed up with Jari Louhelainen, a molecular biology expert, and conducted DNA testing on a shawl that was found nearby one of the victim’s bodies. With the results, Edwards claims that a polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski was the infamous murderer.

According to IFLScience, DNA evidence is not perfect and Edwards’ claims have not been published in a scientific journal. Instead, has has written a book called Naming Jack the Ripper. The nonfiction title will be released on September 9th.

Gene Luen Yang Shares Advice For Writing Outside of Your Culture

Gene Luen YangGraphic novelist Gene Luen Yang appeared at the Library of Congress’ 14th annual National Book Festival. During his time in Washington D.C., Yang delivered a presentation called “Asian-Americans in Comics” and gave a speech at the gala.

With his gala talk, Yang focused on the literary community’s ongoing conversation about diversity. Yang shared stories about Dwayne McDuffie, an African-American legend in comics, and encouraged all writers to add to the world’s collection of diversity literature.

The Nerds of Color blog has posted the entirety of Yang’s speech. Here’s an excerpt from the moving piece:

“We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.”

Yang advised that as long as authors do their homework and make sure to address all errors in the final draft, it’s okay to write about a culture outside of your own. He emphasized that fear should be viewed as motivation to work hard and not a blockade. What do you think?

Jason Segel Gets Into New Fiction With New Kids Book Series

UnknownRandom House Children’s Books has published the first installment in a series of middle-grade fiction books by actor Jason Segel and bestselling author Kirsten Miller.

Nightmares!, the first in a trilogy by The Muppets star, is about a boy named Charlie and his kids who must face their nightmares in order to save their town. It’s a kind of children’s version of Nightmare on Elm Street.

Check it out: “What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.”

Authors United Plans Next Move Against Amazon

authorsunitedLast month more than 900 authors including Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins signed a letter  which ran as a full page ad in The New York Times, calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette. Now the group is planning its next move.

Author Doug Preston, who is leading the group, sent out an email this week to authors that signed the petition letting them know that the group is planning their next move. In the email, he also warns that  Simon & Schuster authors could suffer the same fate as Hachette authors, as the publisher is reportedly in negotiations with Amazon.

Publishers Weekly has republished the email. Here is an excerpt: Read more

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