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Scott Westerfeld Lands Deal For ‘Afterworlds’ YA Novel

scottScott Westerfeld has landed a deal Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, for his new young adult novel, Afterworlds. The story follows Darcy Patel as she moves to New York City to establish her writing career; readers will follow both Darcy’s actual life story and the fictional one she hopes to publish.

Publisher Bethany Buck negotiated the deal with literary agent Jill Grinberg; Buck has secured North American, audio, and ebook rights. The book is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.

Westerfeld (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers – of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”

Seth Grahame-Smith to Pen Sequel for ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

b654623d4f61f9d76598d08bc4106d72Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on a sequel to the 2010 hit title, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterDeadline reports that Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group USA, plans to publish the finished book in January 2015.

The first book served as the basis for a popular movie adaptation that came out in June 2012. For that film, Grahame-Smith (pictured, via) collaborated with X-Men movie screenwriter Simon Kinberg to pen the script.

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Flatiron Books to Publish Oprah’s New Book in September

flatironFlatiron Books will publish Oprah Winfrey‘s new book What I Know For Sure in September. The book will be the first publication from Macmillan’s new non-fiction imprint Flatiron Books.

The book will include a collection of essays that Winfrey published over fourteen years in the O, The Oprah Magazine column “What I Know For Sure.”

The writing has been revised and updated for the new book. ”…the essays offer a rare, powerful, and intimate glimpse into Oprah’s inner life—her thoughts, struggles, and dreams—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves,” explains the press release. “Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.”

Keith Richards is Writing a Children’s Book

Gus and Me by Keith Richards-detailRock icon Keith Richards is working on a children’s book called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.

The book is an illustrated story about his relationship with his own grandfather. “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured,” stated Richards. ”This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”

Richards’ daughter Theodora Dupree Richards plans to illustrate the book with pen and ink collages based on photos of her father when he was a child.

Orion Children’s Books  will release the book in hardcover and eBook on September 9, 2014. The hardcover version will come with an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus book content.

 

The Eric Carle Museum is Seeking Drawings of Favorite Animals

ericcarleThe Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is promoting the launch of the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends by hosting an exhibit at the museum which will showcase the original work of 14 artists, as well as a digital exhibition of work created by fans.

Readers of all ages can submit a high res photo of an original work of art that represents their own favorite animals.  These images will be part of a digital exhibition gallery which will be up on the museum’s site from April 8-August 31and. You can submit work now through August 1st. Follow this link to find out how to submit your work.

All royalties from the new book, published by Holt and Company, will go towards The Carle and its educational programs.

 

Pixar Exec Turns Classic R-Rated Movie Scenes Into Illustrated Book

moviesrfunJosh Cooley, a story supervisor at Pixar, has a book of illustrations now available from Chronicle Books called Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile (Lil’ Inappropriate Books) that puts classic R-rated movie scenes into the children’s book format.

The book includes 39  illustrations inspired by scenes from films including: AlienRosemary’s BabyFargo,Basic InstinctSevenThe Silence of the LambsApocalypse Now, and The Shining. The book is playfully drawn, but warning, this book is not for kids!

“I was just thinking of the humor of making those movies that aren’t for kids look like they are appropriate for kids — which they totally aren’t!” Cooley told The Daily Californian. “It’s basically for us — it’s for the ones that grew up liking these movies and liking children’s books and seeing what that would look like together.”

Anne Rice is Bringing Back Lestat in New Book

annericeAuthor Anne Rice has a new book coming out in October that will revive the popular character from Interview with a Vampire Lestat.

The new book is called Prince Lestat. Rice revealed the news on  The Dinner Party Show and shared it with fans via her Facebook page. Check it out:

It was such a relief and such a pleasure, at last, to be able to speak about the up and coming novel, which I finished some time ago. And I want to thank all of you who made this a thrilling experience for me. Thank you for your generous and enthusiastic posts, both here, and on The Dinner Party Show FB page. Thanks for letting me know you haven’t forgotten by beloved Brat Prince. — Sharing my experiences with you on this page is an extraordinary joy. We now have over 995,000 people tuning in here and will soon reach one million. I am so grateful. It’s such fun. It’s more than fun. Good night and blessings to all. #PrinceLestat.

Mindy Kaling is Writing a New Book

mindyEmmy nominated actress Mindy Kaling has plans to write a second book.

She revealed the news on a panel at SXSW, where she was interviewed by Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. According to reports, she advised the audience to hold any applause until they read the book.

The Office star’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (And Other Concerns)was a New York Times bestselling memoir from Random House about the actress’ childhood and early career in Hollywood. She did not reveal the theme of the next book.

 

What Writers Does Stephen King Like to Read?

onwritingWhat writers does author Stephen King like to read? Peter Abrahams, Pat Barker, Nelson DeMille, James Agee and Kirsten Bakis are among his top choices.

In the afterword to his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, the horror author outlined a list of 96 books that he recommends writers read. Aerogramme Writers’ Studio has shared the entire list on their blog.

“As you scan this list, please remember that I’m not Oprah and this isn’t my book club,” King explained along with the list. “These are the ones that worked for me, that’s all. But you could do worse, and a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don’t, they’re apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me.”

 

George Saunders Has Won the Story Prize

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 12.29.50 PMAuthor George Saunders has won the Story Prize, and its $20,000 purse, for his short story collection Tenth of December.

Saunders received the award at a ceremony at The New School in New York this week. Stephen Ennis, Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin; author Antonya Nelson, and Rob Spillman, Editor of literary magazine Tin House judged the competition.

This was the second time what Saunders was nominated for the award. His last collection, In Persuasion Nation was a finalist for the prize in 2007. Here is more from the press release:

Ten must surely be Mr. Saunders’ lucky number: He is the tenth winner of The Story Prize for a collection of ten stories called Tenth of December, that in 2013 spent ten consecutive weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover books. The book reached as high as no. 2 on that list, and the paperback edition has been on the trade fiction list for six weeks now.

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