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Hillary Clinton’s Book Banned in China

hillaryclintonHillary Clinton’s new memoir Hard Choices is being distributed in many languages in bookstores around the globe. But it will not be translated into Chinese, nor will it be distributed in China.

In the book, Clinton speaks critically of the Chinese government and its censorship practices. In turn, the publisher has not been able to find a Chinese publisher or distribution. Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp told Buzzfeed that this ban is “outrageous and unfortunate.”

BuzzFeed has more: “Karp said Simon & Schuster made a concerted effort to find a Chinese publisher, but there was no interest. Executives didn’t even reach the point of negotiating with a Chinese publishing house. ‘It’s been deafening silence,’ said Karp.”

Authors Dress Up as Their Favorite Storybook Characters For Photo Exhibit

storymuseumThe Storybook Museum in the UK has a new exhibit up by photographer Cambridge Jones featuring 26 British authors dressed up as their favorite storybook characters.

Readers are also encouraged to join in the fun and share photos of themselves dressed up as storybook characters in an online gallery.

Here is more about the event: “Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman metamorphoses into the Wicked Witch of the West. Terry Pratchett achieves outlaw status as Just William. And Neil Gaiman gets stripey as a well-known woodland creature. Other authors taking part include Julia Donaldson, Anthony Horowitz, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jamila Gavin, Charlie Higson, Shirley Hughes, Terry Jones, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, Francesca Simon and Benjamin Zephaniah.” Read more

Neil Gaiman Reads Two Stories & Sings at Carnegie Hall

4231596_origAuthor Neil Gaiman treated his fans to not one, but two stories during his performance at Carnegie Hall.

Gaiman read his version of Hansel & Gretel during the first half of the show. Toon Books will release the finished graphic novel, which features illustrations by artist Lorenzo Mattotti, on October 28th.

After intermission, Gaiman recited his short story “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” while the FourPlay Quartet played music and paintings by illustrator Eddie Campbell were displayed. At the end of the night, Gaiman sang the song “Psycho.” Follow this link to watch hear Gaiman’s singing.

Stephen King’s Joyland Has Helped Emily Schultz Sell Her Backlist Novel

emilyschultzAuthor Emily Schultz has seen a new interest in her eight year old novel Joyland, thanks to Stephen King.

King released a book with the same name last year and since then Schultz has seen a spike in sales for her novel. She has created a Tumblr page to document the experience and highlight how she is spending the extra money that she has earned. Check it out:

That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews. I asked Amazon to change their search results to keep people from buying the wrong book but never heard back. Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I’m not so upset anymore. Sure, it’s more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I’m stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we’re spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.

 

Judy Blume to Pen New Book For Adults

judyblumeAcclaimed writer Judy Blume has been working on a new novel for adults. According to Blume’s website, this “complicated story” takes place during the 1950′s.

The New York Times reports that Alfred A. Knopf has scheduled it for release in Summer 2015. Blume’s editor Carole Baron promises that this project is “pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal.”

Not too long ago, Blume teamed up with her son Lawrence to write the script for a movie adaptation of her young adult book Tiger Eyes. During a promotional event, Blume revealed that she had an unfinished manuscript she started back in 2009. Perhaps, she’s finally putting the finishing touches on that project and soon it will be unveiled to the world. (via The Guardian)

John Grisham Reveals New Book Cover on Facebook

Bestselling author John Grisham took to Facebook today to reveal the cover for his next novel Gray Mountain.

“Thought you’d like to get a sneak peak at Gray Mountain, the fall legal thriller, before everyone else sees it later today,” he wrote on the social network. “If you like it, share it. If we reach 5000 shares, then you’ll be among the first to read the first paragraph.”

The book, which is due out this fall, is set in the great recession in 2008. It is about a legal aid who ends up working in a small town in Appalachia after losing her job at New York City’s biggest law firm, and the mystery that she uncovers in the mountains.

Jeff Kinney Hopes to Revitalize Physical Books With His New Store

Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and his wife Julie will be moving forward with the development of their new bookstore. In an interview with The Atlantic, the couple discussed their plans for this new retail project. Ideally, this bookstore and café will allow the people of Plainville, Massachusetts to enjoy physical books and a variety of activities (e.g. jewelry workshops, karaoke, wine tastings) so that it becomes a community space.

For Kinney (pictured, via), “a physical book has a heft, a permanence that you don’t get digitally. So our hope is that the bookstore will remain a vital, important part of communities across the country and the world. We hope that the disappearance of such stores has leveled off.”

When asked about how Kinney’s status as a beloved author will help with this business venture, he answered: “To make it work, we know it has to be a destination—we have to bring people in from Plainville and surrounding town. We’ll be leveraging the notoriety that my work has to a certain degree. But it’s not about me. By no means is this a Jeff Kinney store. This has to outlive me.” Do you plan to visit the Kinneys’ bookstore one day?

Inspired by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King Writes TV Episode

stephenkingStephen King got the idea to write an episode of  ”Under the Dome,” a TV adaptation of his 2009 sci-fi novel, from George R.R. Martin.

King wrote the first episode of the second season of the show, which debuts later this month. ”I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I was very jealous,” the horror author told The Los Angeles Times.

Here is more from the interview:

“It gave me a chance to set the arc in motion for the season,” he said between mouthfuls of pizza (served, much to his amusement, with a side of ranch dressing), “and it gave me a little more input into what was going to happen.”

How an Israeli Ad Exec Turned Her Experience Into a Book

meiravMeirav Oz, a Israeli headhunter and former ad exec, has just published her first novel in English.

One Wrong Move is a behind-the-scenes look at the advertising in Tel Aviv. It was first published in Hebrew and came out in English this month from Contento De Semrik. The story comes out of Oz’s 12 years working for ad agencies. We caught up with Meirav to discuss writing and publishing.

GC: As an advertiser/talent manager, why did you decide to write a novel?

MO: My novel started from an anonymous column in an Israeli magazine about behind the scene of the advertising world. The writing was my gateway from the hectic crazy world of advertising. I wrote about myself and my life and no one knew I was the one behind this character. After about a year  the magazine went out of business and I found myself continuing writing this fictional personal diary and understood I’m writing a novel. Read more

‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Pits Stephen King Vs. Edgar Allan Poe

A new video on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel pits two horror masters against one another: The Shining author Stephen King vs. The Raven poet Edgar Allan Poe. In your opinion, who’s the winner?

Comedian Zach Sherwin plays King and writer George Watsky plays Poe. Both Sherwin and Watsky contributed to writing the rap song itself along with two of the web series creators, Nice Peter and epicLLOYD. Which authors would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?

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