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Downton Abbey Reenacted by GalleyCats

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Real Time with Bill Maher writer Chris Kelly will publish Downton Tabby in December, a parody book reenacting Downton Abbey with cats.

We reached out to publisher Simon & Schuster, getting a pair of images from the book. Check them out (embedded above and below), showing all the main characters of the PBS drama as cats. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

This parody of (what else) Downton Abbey features the Grimalkin family, England’s oldest and finest family of cats. Using photographs and illustrations, DOWNTON TABBY  takes us through the lives and loves of the family and their servants, from the sinking of the Kitanic to the Jazz Age. Woven through their story are also essential tips, including How to Keep a Secret at Downton Tabby, How to Argue with Lord Grimalkin About His Most Deeply Held Beliefs, and some Uninvited but Necessary Words from the Dowager.

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Game of Thrones Character Gets His Own Book of Quotations

tyrionTyrion Lannister, one of the most popular characters from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series, will get his own book of quotations.

Random House’s Bantam Dell imprint will release The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister on October 29th, illustrated by artist Jonty Clark.

Over in the UK, Harper Voyager will publish it on November 7th.

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Veronica Roth To Publish Four ‘Divergent’ Short Stories

Young adult novelist Veronica Roth has written four new short stories set in the Divergent universe.

All of the stories will feature the perspective of the lead male character Tobias “Four” Eaton. The actual novels are narrated by the heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior.

HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books will release all four pieces in eBook format. The first story, “The Transfer,” is scheduled to come out on September 24, 2013. The titles of the other three pieces have not yet been revealed.

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Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Book Trailer Visits TV Set

Chronicle Books will publish the official companion to the Game of Thrones television series, Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones. Unlike most book trailers, this video visited the set of a popular TV show.

As of this writing, the trailer has received more than 36,000 views. The $40 book will be released on October 1st, containing 300 color images and photographs.

Series screenwriter Bryan Cogman write the book. Showrunner David Benioff partnered with screenwriter D.B. Weiss for the foreword. Series author George R.R. Martin also wrote a preface.

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Flying Baby Photographer Hopes to Publish Book

Photographer Rachel Hulin captivated the Internet with photographs of her baby floating like a pint-sized superhero through different hotel rooms, barns and stairways.

In an email interview, Hulin told GalleyCat that she hopes to expand her surreal and super-cute series into a book. Follow this link to explore the complete series of gorgeous imagery.

At Time.com, the artist explained her work: “I wanted the flights to feel genuine … These are places we are really in everyday, it’s not a cut-and-paste job on random interiors and landscapes.” (Via io9)

Raffaele Sollecito Co-Author: ‘Grotesque Miscarriage of Justice’ in Amanda Knox Trial

After news broke that Amanda Knox landed a book deal for “close to $4 million,” we caught up with journalist Andrew Gumbel–the co-writer working on a memoir with Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s Italian boyfriend.

Like Knox, Sollecito was charged with the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher in Perguia, Italy, but the conviction was overturned. Last year, Sollecito signed with Sharlene Martin at Martin Literary Management.

Our interview with Gumbel (pictured, via) follows below. Follow this link to visit a site created by Sollecito’s family during the murder trial.

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Detroit Is Disassembled In Photography Book

The Queens Museum of Art in NYC is running an art exhibit of photographs from the book Detroit Disassembled through January 15th.

The exhibit, which is in its final week, is based on the photography book in which photographer Andrew Moore and Poet Laureate Philip Levine document the wasteland of what was once one of America’s most prosperous cities.

The book, published by the Damiani/Akron Art Museum, highlights the decay of what was once prominent architecture through recent photos. For example, Henry Ford’s office at the Model T plant is photographed with a carpet of moss growing on the floor. Another page shows the classrooms of the former location of Cass Technical High School — a prominent magnet school — vandalized and forgotten.

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Other Press to Publish ‘The Flowers of War’

Other Press has picked up the rights for The Flowers of War by Chinese author Geling Yan. The book was translated by Nicky Harman, and publication is set for January 17, 2012.

Director Zhang Yimou (director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers) adapted the novel in the upcoming film, The Flowers of War (trailer embedded above). In China, the novel was originally titled The 13 Women of Nanjing.

Here’s more from the release: “Based on true events, this powerful novel is set in December 1937 after the Japanese have taken Nanking…The story’s unexpected denouement shows how war can challenge all prejudices and how love can flourish amidst death and destruction.”

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HBO Releases Teaser Trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Two

HBO has released a teaser trailer for season two of its George R.R. Martin adaptation, Game of Thrones. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

A number of new actors will join the cast, including Gwendoline Christie as the warrior Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as former smuggler Ser Davos Seaworth and Stephen Dillane as would-be king Stannis Baratheon.

According to Deadline, fans have to wait until April 2012 for the first of ten new episodes.  A Song of Ice and Fire series author Martin is currently working on a few projects: a not-yet-titled novella and two novels, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. (via Shelf Awareness)

Jane Austen Murder Theory

Crime novelist Lindsay Ashford‘s new novel, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen, explores the possibility that Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen was murdered.

According to The Guardian, Ashford read about symptoms of arsenic poisoning while combing through old volumes of Austen’s letters. A scholar told her that Austen’s hair was once tested for arsenic. Austen said she suffered from rheumatism, a disease treated with arsenic in the 1800s.

In the article, Ashford explained: “Having delved into her family background, there was a lot going on that has never been revealed and there could have been a motive for murder. In the early 19th century a lot of people were getting away with murder with arsenic as a weapon, because it wasn’t until the Marsh test was developed in 1836 that human remains could be analysed for the presence of arsenic.”

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