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Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in the Hospital

3459Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been admitted to a hospital in Mexico City. The One Hundred Years of Solitude is reportedly suffering from lung and urinary tract infections.

The Associated Press has the story: “The 87-year-old Nobel laureate entered the hospital Monday suffering from the infection and from dehydration, Mexico’s Secretary of Health said in a written statement. ‘The patient has responded to treatment. Once he’s completed his course of antibiotics his discharge from the hospital will be evaluated,’ the statement said.”

In 2012, the Nobel Literature Prize-winner was reportedly suffering from dementia. In October 2010, Random House Mondadori editor Cristobal Pera claimed that Márquez was writing on a not-yet-finished novel. 

The Author’s Guild Calls For ASCAP For Books in Digital Scanning Cases

authors_guildThe Author’s Guild is calling on Congress to establish a kind of ASCAP for book publishing in order to ensure that authors are getting paid when their books are being scanned by the likes of Google.

Jan Constantine, General Counsel of the Authors Guild, testified before the House Judiciary Committee this week where she argued that Congress should help establish “a collective licensing organization to deal with both mass digitization and “orphan” books.” The idea, she argued, “would pave the way for a true national digital library.” Constantine said that this organization would ensure that authors get paid when their works are used. Authors would not be required to license their books and licenses would only cover out-of-print books so as not to disrupt commercial markets.

In her testimony, Constantine compared Google’s book scanning project to a 1963 copyright case. Here is more from the Author’s Guild blog:

A Copyright Office hearing on February 20, 1963, is eerily prescient about what was to come.  (Irwin Karp, legendary and curmudgeonly counsel for the Authors Guild and Authors League was there.)  It’s as if everyone saw Google and its mass digitization of books under the banner of fair use coming.  Not only that, they addressed it in legislation – it was an early hearing for what became the 1976 Copyright Act.

You can read Constantine’s entire testimony here.

Anne Tyler’s New Novel to Arrive in Spring 2015

authPulitzer Prize winning novelist Anne Tyler has a new book coming out from Alfred A. Knopf next spring.

The yet-to-be-titled novel begins in 1994 and follows three generations of a Baltimore family. Check it out:

Her new novel begins in 1994 and slowly unwinds through three generations of the Whitshank family, revolving primarily around Red, a construction worker, his wife, Abby, a social worker, and their four children. The novel opens when Abby and Red receive a call from their only son, who has phoned with important news. Then, suddenly, the phone goes dead.

Tyler has been with Knopf for 50 years, half of the time the publisher has been operating.

Russell Brand Reveals New Children’s Stories on YouTube

Actor Russell Brand has written his first children’s book. The book is called The Pied Piper of Hamlet, and is the first of a series of fairy stories and folk tales called Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales. Chris Riddell, a contributor to The Observer and National Book Award nominee, created the drawings.

Russell announced the book in a YouTube video, which we have embedded above. In the video, he says that he hopes the stories will “unlock aspects of our consciousness and to affect and impact the way that we see the world.”

Check out his reading above.

Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’

marilyn nelsonHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson.

Throughout her career, Nelson has written several volumes of poetry. Earlier this year, Penguin Books for Young Readers published her memoir How I Discovered Poetry. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Plagiarism Scandal Pits Lemony Snicket Against Malcolm Gladwell

snicket & gladwell

In honor of April Fool’s Day, a plagiarism scandal has ignited between Lemony Snicket and Malcolm Gladwell.

According to a press release posted on Snicket’s website, Gladwell’s latest book David & Goliath contains original material sourced from Snicket’s new book File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. To back up his accusations, Snicket has shared “evidence” on his website to support his claims.

Publishers Weekly sought after Snicket for a comment and he gave the following statement: “Every time I blink Malcolm Gladwell steals from me like an outright outlier. I’ve reached the tipping point. It’s like an old biblical story I can’t think of right now.” Gladwell himself has given this response: “Mr. Snicket is asking All The Wrong  Questions. He better watch out, or this will turn into a series of something or other.”

Michael Lewis Claims the Stock Market is Rigged in New Book

Moneyball author Michael Lewis has a new book coming out about Wall Street called Flash Boys, in which he claims that the stock market is rigged.

In the book from W. W. Norton & Company, Lewis illustrates how high-frequency trading in the financial markets have caused the problem. Lewis was on 60 Minutes last night to discuss the issue. We’ve embedded the CBS interview above so that you can check it out.

Chuck Palahniuk Reveals Cover For New Book

41iuTktJUQL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Chuck Palahniuk revealed a photo of his upcoming novel Beautiful You! today on his website. The book’s design takes its inspiration from Andy Warhol.

Doubleday is putting out the book in October. The book is about a sex toy company and boasts the tagline, ”A billion husbands are about to be replaced.” Check out the book’s description:

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You.

George R.R. Martin Releases New Chapter of Book Online

gameofthronesTo help build excitement around the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, author George R.R Martin has released a new free chapter of his upcoming novel Winds of Winter.

The chapter is titled “Mercy.” This is the second free chapter that he has released from the book.

Here is more from Martin’s blog: “The new chapter is actually an old chapter.  But no, it’s not one I’ve published or posted before, and I don’t even think I’ve read it at a con (could be wrong there, I’ve done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together).  So it’s new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it’s old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen.  The first draft was, at any rate.  I’ve rewritten it a dozen times since then.”

 

‘Gone With the Wind’ Casting Rumors Letter From 1937 Up For Auction

mitchellletterIn 1937, author Margaret Mitchell typed a letter to stir up gossip about who would be staring in the film adaptation of her novel Gone with the Wind.

This letter will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders on March 27th online. The opening price is $5,000.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

Dear Mr. Beamish: Thank you for sending me your column from the Post-Standard. As you guessed it would, it certainly gave me a laugh. I know that you wrote this article about casting Gone With The Wind as an amusing article. But I do not believe you know how true it is. I have heard hotter arguments about who shall play Scarlett than I ever heard about the Supreme Court and some of the most remarkable people are advanced as candidates. During these arguments, I sit timid and silent because I seem to be the only person in the United States without a violent opinion on this matter. I have nothing to do with the production of the film in any way and I do not intend to go to Hollywood, and I am content to let the movie people make their own decisions…[signed] Margaret Mitchell Marsh

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