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Bryan Lee O’Malley: ‘Every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.’

Bryan Lee O'MalleyOver the weekend, Bryan Lee O’Malley appeared at New York Comic Con panel for a conversation with Cory Doctorow about his latest book, Seconds.

Following the great success he achieved with the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, he wanted to “do something super arty and weird.” For Seconds, O’Malley set out to write “a very external character…characters who just barge through life.” The star protagonist of this story, Katie, was partially inspired “by an obnoxious rock star.”

Regardless of the project, two parts of O’Malley’s creative process remain constant. First, he has to create the perfect mix tape because he will likely listen to it “thousands of times.” Second, he takes this approach: “every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.” What’s the initial step you take when you start a new project?

Lemony Snicket Launches The ‘You Choose the Mystery’ Video Series

Lemony Snicket recently released the third installment of the All the Wrong Questions series. To celebrate, he has created the “You Choose the Mystery” interactive video series. 34 pieces have been uploaded to the LemonySnicketLibrary Youtube channel. We’ve embedded the first video above—what do you think? (via GeekDad)

HarperCollins to Re-Issue Self-Published Kiera Cass Book

SirenCover HalfHarperCollins Children’s Books will re-issue Kiera Cass’ self-published young adult novel, The SirenThe story follows a young girl named Kahlen and her communion with the ocean.

According to Cass’ blog post, this allows her “to go back through with my editor and make it the story I always hoped it could be. It will sparkle in ways I couldn’t make it on my own, and that makes me crazy happy!” The publisher will release the book with a new cover and bonus material in Winter 2016.

Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang Tell All About ‘In Real Life’

IRLCory Doctorow and Jen Wang have collaborated on a new graphic novel entitled In Real Life.

The book touches on several subjects including gaming, socializing over the internet, and more. This project marks the first time that Doctorow and Wang have come together as collaborators.

We spoke with both the writer and the illustrator to hear their thoughts on creativity, research, and editing. Here are the highlights…

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Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Prize For Peace

malalaMalala Yousafzai, 17-year-old advocate for girls’ education worldwide and author of the bestseller I Am Malala, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The youngest recipient of the prize since its inception in 1901, she was quoted in the New York Times as saying at a press conference in Birmingham, England:

“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and first the young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award.”

According to USA Today, Malala was in chemistry class when she heard the news, and said she was honored to share the award with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who fights the exploitation of children, adding:

“We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other. It is my message to children all around the world that they should stand up for their rights.”

Her book I Am Malala, which was banned in private schools in Pakistan, was released in 2013 by Little, Brown.

‘How Now,’ Says Author Dov Seidman to Chobani

HowCoverIt’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. We school our kids in this from the first soccer kick on.

Bestselling author and management guru Dov Seidman built a brand around his hit 2011 book, How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything. This title focuses on the business of creating more ethical corporate cultures. Seidman became known for using the phrase “How Matters” in some of his company’s materials, notes the New York Times. The book’s premise is that it is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do.

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J.K. Rowling’s Anagram Has Been Solved

J.K. Rowling (2)On October 6th, J.K. Rowling created a riddle that ignited a storm of activity on Twitter: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Harry Potter fans became obsessed with figuring out the answer. Rowling kept the conversation going by tweeting hints.

More than 24 hours later, Emily Strong (a.k.a. @EmyBemy2) solved Rowling’s anagram; the author named her “The One True Hermione of Twitter.” According to Time, Strong is “a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who regularly updates her own blog and describes herself as a lover of ‘all things Harry Potter’ in her Twitter bio.”

Below, we’ve chronicled the exchange in a Storify post embedded below. What do you think? Read more

Carl Hiaasen on Bringing Skink to Teens

SkinkCover#1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen talked recently to Newsday about bringing Skink — the beloved vigilante ex-gov of Florida whose unique brand of swamp-justice has made him a star of six Hiaasen adult novels — to YA readers “before he got too old and cranky.”

Long listed for the 2014 National Book Award, Hiaasen’s first book for teens, Skink No Surrender, features the ragged, one-eyed renegade helping 14-year-old Richard rescue his teenage cousin Malley, who has run off into trouble with an older guy she met on the Internet.

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Can You Crack J.K. Rowling’s Riddle?

J.K. Rowling (2)Yesterday, J.K. Rowling wrote a post on Twitter about the projects that have kept her busy as of late which include the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. One fan responded to her and confessed that she likes to analyze Rowling’s tweets.

Rowling has since posted a riddle for her fans to dissect: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Do you think you can crack Rowling’s riddle?

Below, we’ve chronicled the exchange in a Storify post embedded below. What do you think?

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Tao Lin Responds to Former Lover’s Allegations of Plagiarism & Abuse

Tao Lin (2)A former lover has publicly accused novelist Tao Lin (pictured, via) of plagiarism and abuse. E.R. Kennedy wrote 19 posts on Twitter detailing her allegations against Lin.

In one tweet, Kennedy reveals: “Tao Lin literally copied and pasted my emails into his ‘novel.’ He took credit for my words, for my painful memories, for my story.” The novel Kennedy refers to is the 2010 publication, Richard Yates.

In response to this situation, Lin confirms that he once had a romantic relationship with Kennedy, but he denies any occurrence of plagiarism or mistreatment. According to BuzzFeed, “Lin said that Kennedy read the novel Richard Yates — which Lin said details a fictionalized version of their relationship — and Kennedy approved of it being published.” He also wrote a statement on Facebook to share his side of the story.

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