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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.

High Profile Writers Set to Join Authors United

amazonlogoSeveral high profile writers have agreed to join in Authors United’s fight against Amazon. The new members include Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul, Milan Kundera, and Ursula Le Guin.

The organization aims to convince the online retail conglomerate to end its dispute with Hachette Book Group USA. Last month, Authors United publicly posted a letter addressed to Amazon’s board members asking them to take a stand on this issue.

When asked about her participation in the group, Le Guin submitted this statement to The New York Times: “We’re talking about censorship: deliberately making a book hard or impossible to get, ‘disappearing’ an author. Governments use censorship for moral and political ends, justifiable or not. Amazon is using censorship to gain total market control so they can dictate to publishers what they can publish, to authors what they can write, to readers what they can buy. This is more than unjustifiable, it is intolerable.”

Elizabeth Gilbert Talks Inspiration in a ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Short Film

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert starred in an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday short film discussing the inspiration for her most recent novel, The Signature of All Things.

Some of the items that helped Gilbert to shape the story include a 1783 edition of Captain Cook’s Voyages from her family library, a 16th century theory concocted by a German mystic, and her own life philosophy on passion. We’ve embedded the entire short film in the video above—what do you think?

For the past few weeks, Gilbert has been appearing at a few of the stops on “Oprah’s The Life You Want” tour. Recently, she sat with Oprah Winfrey for a Super Soul Sunday interview. Follow this link to watch clips from the interview.

OR Books to Publish Anthology On Income Inequality in NYC

OR Book Going RougeOR Books will publish an anthology focusing on income inequality within New York City called Tales of Two Cities: The Best & Worst of Times in New York. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Housing Works.

How to Read a Novelist author John Freeman served as the editor for this book and wrote one of the pieces. Some of the other contributors include Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, The Circle author Dave Eggers, and White Teeth author Zadie Smith.

Artist Molly Crabapple created five illustrations for this project. Follow this link to see photos of the book’s interior artwork. Freeman, Crabapple, and a few writers will appear at a launch party event in New York City on October 13th.

Bloomsbury UK to Publish Neil Gaiman Short Story as a Book

The Sleeper & The SpindleBloomsbury U.K. will publish Neil Gaiman’s short story, The Sleeper and the Spindle, as a book.

Gaiman drew inspiration for this piece from the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale. It was originally published in a 2013 anthology entitled Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales.

Artist Chris Riddell created illustrations for this project. The U.K. publication date has been scheduled for October 23, 2014. U.S. readers will have to wait a bit longer for their own version. HarperCollins won’t be publishing the American edition until Fall 2015.

Visit With Syrian Refugees Influenced Neil Gaiman’s Take On ‘Hansel & Gretel’

4231596_origAuthor Neil Gaiman took away many ideas from an emotional visit to Jordan where he met Syrian refugees.

In an interview with CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour, Gaiman reveals that this experience affected how he wrote his re-telling of “Hansel and Gretel.” Gaiman sets this classic story of lost children in a world torn by war and famine; he feels this is highly reminiscent of the suffering endured by Syrian refugee children as well as the Grimm Brothers’ version of the tale.

Toon Books will release the finished graphic novel, which features illustrations by artist Lorenzo Mattotti, on October 28th. Click here to watch the entire interview. Follow this link to read Gaiman’s blog post recounting his trip.

Gregory Maguire’s Next Book Has An ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Connection

Gregory MaguireWhen we last spoke with author Gregory Maguire, he told us he planned to sit in a “big long white noise period” to coax out his muse. He recently revealed that he has been working on an adult book with “an Alice in Wonderland connection.”

In an interview with School Library Journal, Maguire (pictured, via) mostly talks about fairy tales and his recently released young adult title, Egg and Spoon. At the very end, he offers a teasing snippet about his new project.

In the past, Maguire has written novels inspired by ”Cinderella,” “Snow White,” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol. How do you predict he will remix Lewis Carroll’s beloved fantasy story?

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