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Lauren Oliver Launches the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge

tumblr_inline_n9j6b3iRja1ro2c9lWriter Lauren Oliver has launched the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge in honor of her forthcoming novel, Rooms.

Every time ten bibliophiles add Rooms to their Goodreads shelf, Oliver tweets out a new section of an original ghost story. She will continue writing this ghost story until Ecco releases Rooms on September 23, 2014.

Thus far, Oliver has unleashed more than twenty sections of her story. Readers can follow along with the hashtag #ghostlygoodreads.

X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Written a Sci-Fi Novel

vision-of-fire-9781476776521_lgX-Files star Gillian Anderson has teamed up with author Jeff Rovin to write her first book.

A Vision of Fire is a sci-fi novel about single mom, child psychiatrist Caitlin O’Hara whose world is turned upside down when her teen client starts speaking in tongues. Simon & Schuster is releasing the title in October, but has made an excerpt available through the Simon451 Fall 2014 Preview Sampler.

Check it out: “It was an unseasonably warm October morning, better suited for a stroll than a stride, but Ganak Pawar and his daughter maintained their usual quick pace up the East Side of Manhattan.”

Remembering Lauren Bacall Through Her Writing

laurenbacallBeyond being one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, Lauren Bacall was also the author of three memoirs: By Myself; Now and By Myself and Then Some.

“Writing a book is the most complete experience I’ve ever had,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “I’m happily stunned with the results and astonished by the reaction.”

“When you have nothing but dreams, that’s all you think about, all that matters, all that takes you away from humdrummery – the fact that your mother was working too hard and didn’t have enough in her own life, that your grandmother, loving though she was, wanted you to get a decent job to help your mother, that you didn’t have enough money to do anything you wanted to do, even buy a lousy coat for $17.95,” she wrote in the 1978 By Myself. “Dreams were better – that was where my hope lay – I’d hang on them, never let go.”

 

Naomi Klein’s New Book Trailer

Author Naomi Klein, best known for the 2000 book No Logo, has a new book out about the impact of climate change on our economy called This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate.

In the book, Klein argues that climate change is “an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.”

Simon & Schuster has created a trailer for the book. We have embedded the video above for you to explore further.

Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

authorlistMore than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: Read more

Ursula Le Guin & Michael Cunningham Talk Genre in New Interview

The_Lathe_of_Heaven_Final_(Large)There is an arbitrary division between “literature” and “genre,” according to legendary sci-fi author Ursula Le Guin.

In a new interview with Le Guin conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham, produced by Diversion Books and Electric Literature, Le Guin explores this idea.

“There are very real differences between science fiction and realistic fiction, between horror and fantasy, between romance and mystery,” she said. “Differences in writing them, in reading them, in criticizing them. Vive les différences! They’re what gives each genre its singular flavor and savor, its particular interest for the reader—and the writer.” You can read the entire interview at this link and take advantage of the half priced eBook edition of The Lathe of Heaven by Le Guin.

Oliver Jeffers: ‘I don’t always stick to my schedules–you can’t plan creativity.’

Oliver JeffersOliver Jeffers has produced paintings, decorated a giant Easter egg, and most notably, created picture books. We sat with Jeffers to talk about getting published, artist’s block, and more. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: Self-confidence is hugely important in this endeavor. It’s more likely you’ll hear lots of ‘No’s before you hear a ‘Yes’, so you have to believe in what you’ve created. I’d done my research and I felt my work could contend with what existed in the shops. My first step was investigating where to send my manuscript. I bought a Writers/Artists Yearbook and also checked which publishers represented my favorite picture books.

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Van Morrison to Release Book of Lyrics

Lit-Up-Inside-resizeIrish singer-songwriter Van Morrison has plans to release a book of lyrics called Lit Up Inside.

The collection from Faber & Faber contains writings from throughout Morrison’s career. ”The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey,” he explained in a statement.

To promote the launch, the performer will appear at London’s Lyric Theatre on November 17th where he will perform and do a reading from the book. Artists Eamonn Hughes, Ian Rankin, Michael Longley and Edna O’Brien will accompany Morrison.

Stephen King to Reveal New Book Cover in Facebook Game

bookrevealStephen King‘s next book Revival comes out in November. To help reveal details about the book, he is playing a little game on Facebook called #RevealREVIVAL.

Today, the new cover will slowly be revealed as squares covering the design are unlocked. You can help uncover the design and reveal more about the book by liking this page and sharing the app. When enough likes, comments and shares have taken place, the entire cover will come to life in an interactive format that gives clues about the book. Here is a quote from the bottom of the puzzle:

In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies. The main cast consists of your family and friends. The supporting cast is made up of neighbours, co-workers, teachers and daily acquaintances… But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into our life… When I think of Charles Jacobs – my fifth business, my change agent, my nemesis – I can’t bear to believe his presence in my life had anything to do with fate…’

George R.R. Martin’s Children’s Book is Coming From Tor Books

georgerrmartinTor Books has plans to republish George R.R. Martin‘s children’s book The Ice Dragon.

The latest version of the story will include new artwork from Spanish fantasy artist Luis Royo.

The Telegraph has more: “Parents worried about exposing their kids to a work by the notoriously bloody Game of Thrones author needn’t panic: a brief summary of The Ice Dragon reads more like a Hans Christian Anderson tale than Martin’s traditional style. The book tells the story of a young girl, Adara. Born in the heart of winter, Adara is the only person from her village able to connect with the mysterious Ice Dragon, a legendary creature that visits only when the weather turns cold.”

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