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Gillian Flynn Nabs Golden Globe Nomination

Gillian FlynnGone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn has earned a Golden Globe nomination in the “Best Screenplay” category. Flynn (pictured, via) worked as a professional journalist for fifteen years; this project marked her debut as a screenwriter.

The film adaptation also nabbed three other nominationsRosamund Pike for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), David Fincher for Best Director, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Original Score. The awards ceremony will take place on January 11, 2015. (via Vanity Fair)

Wil Wheaton Narrates the Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free Audiobook

Info CoverWriter Cory Doctorow has taken it upon himself to produce the audiobook edition of his book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

According to Doctorow’s blog post, actor Wil Wheaton served as the narrator for this project. It also features “a mixdown by the wonderful John Taylor Williams, and bed-music from Amanda Palmer and Dresden Dolls.”

McSweeney’s released the hardcover version back in November 2014. Both Palmer and her husband Neil Gaiman wrote forewords for this project. (via Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr page)

J.K. Rowling’s Crime Novels to be Adapted For TV

cuckooJ.K. Rowling is going to see her novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, adapted into a television series for BBC.

The book, which was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the first novel in the Cormoran Strike series of detective novels published last year. It was followed by The Silkworm in 2014.

J.K. Rowling tweeted the news today.

Sophie Kinsella Has Written a New Shopaholic Short Story

Shopaholic on HoneymoonWriter Sophie Kinsella decided to give an early holiday gift to her fans. She announced on Facebook that she has written a new short story called “Shopaholic on Honeymoon.”

The title was released today as a free eBook in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. Readers in the United States and Canada will be able access this digital book on December 16th.

Follow this link to read the full piece online. Back in October, Dial Press released the seventh installment of the main series which is called Shopaholic to the Stars.

Gene Luen Yang Creates a Confession Comic

Gene Luen YangEveryone makes mistakes, but not all people give a confession with a comic. Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang created a comic to atone for a blunder in his most recent book, The Shadow Hero.

According to the piece, posted on the Diversity in YA blog, Yang did not refer to Chu F. Hing’s name correctly in the essay featured at the beginning of the book; Chu was the original creator of the Green Turtle comic stories. Yang explains how he made this error to begin with and how he came to learn about it.

First Second, the publisher of this comic, will make an adjustment in future printings of the book. What do you think?

Random House to Edit Passage in Lena Dunham’s Book

Lena DunhamRandom House will edit a passage in Lena Dunham‘s book, Not That Kind of Girl, in future pressings of the work after being threatened with a lawsuit over a rape story.

In the book, Dunham claims that she was raped in college by a Republican who she called “Barry”. While she didn’t name the assailant completely, a lawyer claims that her description was detailed enough to identify a former student who claims that he has had to defend himself against the allegations. He also happens to be named Barry.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop:

Attorney Aaron Minc said he has been in contact with Dunham’s lawyers at Ziffren Brittenham in Los Angeles who assure him that future printings of the book, subtitled “A young woman tells you what she’s ‘learned,’ ” will come with a disclaimer that “Barry” is not the real name of the man who raped Dunham when the two were students at Oberlin College a decade ago.

YouTube Star Zoella’s Book Was Ghostwritten

zoesuggPopular YouTuber Zoe Sugg, a British blogger that writes about makeup and fashion, didn’t write her novel alone, Penguin UK has revealed. Known as Zoella to her fans, the social media icon signed a two-book with Penguin UK back in June.

The first book, Girl Online, a coming-of-age novel, came out in November and has been flying off the book shelves. According to a report in The Sunday Times, the book sold more than 78,000 copies in the UK last week alone. Yet, some readers and Amazon reviewers have been commenting that the work didn’t sound much like Sugg.

A Penguin UK spokesperson commented on the rumors in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying, “To be factually accurate, you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own.” Freelance writer Siobhan Curham is recognized in the book’s acknowledgments.

Author Greg McKeown’s Advice on How to Reset Your Life

gregmckeownGreg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller Essentialism, has come up with some advice to help you refocus your life.

The tips came from a discussion he had on LinkedIn with a close friend who had been diagnosed with kidney cancer. After surviving the experience, the friend was enlightened. McKeown interviewed his friend and turned the insights into a 7-step exercise to help people focus their lives more fully.

Here is an excerpt from Lifehacker:

  1. If possible get out into nature where you can feel the natural pace of the earth and not the hyperactive and inhumane pace of modern life.
  2. Write down the question “What would I do if I only had a week left to live?” and take 10 minutes to write down your answer

Doris Lessing Left Her Book Collection to Zimbabwe Libraries

lessingDoris Lessing has left her book collection to libraries in Zimbabwe.

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist, who passed away last year, helped start libraries in Zimbabwe after the country became independent in 1980. Her donation includes more than 3,000 books.

The Associated Press has more:

“For us she continues to live,” said 42-year-old Kempson Mudenda, who worked with Lessing when she established the Africa Community Publishing and Development Trust.

“The libraries she helped set up are giving life to village children who would otherwise be doomed,” said Mudenda, who said he used to trudge bush paths daily to reach remote villages with books.

Great Disruptors: Microchips, Gay Marriage, Perestroika, Kitty Litter, and a Book

InnovatorsDilemmaCelebrating its 85th anniversary, Bloomberg Businessweek announced its take on “The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History.” The focus of its current issue and noted at a party that drew George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Harvey Weinstein, Mort Zuckerman, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Martha Stewart, and MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, the impactful and eclectic mix from the past 85 years lists concepts and inventions that have changed the way we live and conduct business, including: TV, e-mail, Starbucks, Napster, gay marriage, perestroika, refrigeration, junk bonds, the Pill, Air Jordans, billable hours, the jet engine, and a book.

Making the cut and clocking in at #58 on the #Businessweek85 is The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, who coined the now-ubiquitous term “disruptive innovation” in his book about why well-managed companies often fail.

Writing about its central theme, he told Businessweek:

“I decided to study the disk-drive industry on a tip from one of my faculty members, who said he knew nothing except that successful disk-drive companies had failed over and over again. They were the fruit flies of business: At the time, I was living essentially in the Motel 6 on First Street in San Jose. It was about 7 o’clock one night, and I had gone across the street to have dinner at McDonald’s. And I was going back to Motel 6, and in the middle of the street it just fell into place—and I realized why the low end wins so frequently.

“This phenomenon that I call disruption is one that allows a larger population, people who historically didn’t have enough money to buy a product, to afford something like it. That creates growth. The puzzle was, if this is what creates growth, why don’t the leaders in the industry go after it? I realized that every company has a business model, and they can invest in things that help them make money in the way their business model is structured. If innovation doesn’t allow them to make more money in the way they’re structured to make money, they can’t do it. It had nothing to do with technological change. Once I had that, I could see it happen everywhere. That was the real epiphany.”

Nice to see the power of the written word holding its own.