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Meg Wolitzer Gets Inspiration From Sylvia Plath in New YA Novel

belzhar_custom-361c0db947a535a4c4d293f4127847c2547cc338-s2-c85Author Meg Wolitzer is working on a new YA novel inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar called Belzhar.

“My narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl named Jam Gallahue who’s dealing with a tragic loss. She’s sent to a boarding school in Vermont for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent” teenagers. While there, she is put into a tiny, elite class that reads only one writer a semester. And this semester the class is reading Sylvia Plath,” Wolitzer explained in an interview with NPR. “Plath’s work, and her emotional problems, not to mention her journal-writing, take on important dimensions for all the students in the class, who are also asked to write in their own journals, and who, when they do, experience something startling.”

Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin, will publish the new work in September.

 

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.”

Melville House & Brooklyn Roasting Company Collaborate on Book-Inspired Coffee Blend

weirdnessCan’t get through the day without a cup of coffee? Melville House, a Brooklyn-based indie publisher, and the Brooklyn Roasting Company have collaborated to create a special blend called The Weirdness.

This limited edition concoction is inspired by Jeremy Bushnell’s debut novel which shares the same title. One of the scenes in the book features the protagonist, a writer named Billy Ridgeway, making a deal with Lucifer over freshly brewed coffee.

Michael Pollack, the owner of the Brooklyn Roasting Company, gave this statement in the press release: “We are thrilled to collaborate with one of our friends and neighbors. The relationship of coffee and reading is one of our core ideals.” Will you be trying this?

McSweeney’s Publishes Portlandia Activity Book

portlandiabookMcSweeney’s has just published an activity book inspired by the popular television series Portlandia. The show’s creators Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel authored the book. Sam Riley edited it.

“Like a cool high school classroom that prefers a sweat lodge to the traditional classroom, this book will expand your mind through participation, dehydrate you to a state of emotional rawness, then linger in the corners your bare soul,” explains the book’s description. Activities involved in the book include, “How to Crowdfund Your Baby,” “Punk Paint By Numbers,” and “Terrarium Foraging.”

The book retails for $28.00 but is currently on sale for $23.00 on the McSweeney’s site.

Wreck This Journal: The Travel Version Comes Out in June

wreckthisboxKeri Smith’s Wreck This Journal has a new travel edition coming out called Wreck This Journal Everywhere.

The guidebook has sold more than two million copies in print and has been released in numerous formats including app form. The book encourages “creativity through destruction” with a series of exercises designed to stir imagination by messing things up.

The new travel edition includes a section in which travelers can collect names, autographs, other people’s dreams, as well as an activity to fill an entire page with words spotted on an adventure. The journal also encourages readers to hang the book in a public place and invite others to draw on it. Another exercise suggests that the user takes a walk, then stands on a page. The book also instructs a user to collect a napkin from a restaurant, write a secret on it, and glue it to a page.

The travel guide comes out in June.

Artist Plays on Sensory Elements of Books in New Work

paperAs eBooks become more popular, one common complaint is that they just don’t have the same scent or feel of a print book. London-based artist Paul Schutze has a new project on display that plays up the sensory elements of books.

The exhibit is called “Silent Surface” and focuses on how humans interact with print book. The project has three parts:  Paper (a book), Babel (a series of prints of books and pages) and In Libro De Tenebris (the book perfume).

Here is more about the project from the artist’s website:

This book is part of an ongoing project exploring the material life of all books.Editioned here in full colour and casebound with dust jacket, the book measures 32.5cm by 27.5cm. There are 85 pages of photographs. The book is limited to an edition of 40 signed and numbered copiesPrice – £80 + P & P.

Capstone Young Readers to Launch New Young Adult Imprint

switchCapstone Young Readers will launch an imprint specializing in the young adult genre. Switch Press will offer readers both fiction and nonfiction titles.

The editors plan to acquire eight to twelve manuscripts on a yearly basis. Some of the books featured on the inaugural list include The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle, and The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling. The publisher has scheduled these titles to be published in the Fall 2014 season.

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The Wikipedia Books Project Aims to Print Site

wikipediabookPediaPress is hoping to raise $50,000 on IndieGogo for a major undertaking that would turn the entire English Wikipedia into a 1,000 volume print collection which would be available for public exhibition.

Each book of The Wikipedia Books Project will contain about 1,200 pages. The volumes will have continuous page numbers, so the final books could reach into the millions in terms of page numbers.

The hardbound books would be shelved on a book case more than 32 feet long and 8 feet high.Here is more from the project’s Indiegogo listing: “The books will be first exhibited at Wikimania London in August 2014. Wikimania is the annual conference of the Wikipedia community. The conference and therefore the exhibition are open to the public. This years venue will be the Barbican Centre, a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its type in Europe.”

 

 

Richard Bach Calls Kindle Singles: ‘Publishing on Skates’

bachRichard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, published a Kindle Single called Illusions II:  The Adventures of a Reluctant Student last week.

In an interview with Thin Reads,Bach explained why he went with this format. “Kindle Singles is publishing on skates,” he said. “It prints like lightning; our book meets readers in hours.  I’ve spent so many years waiting for publishers to consider whether they wanted to print a book of mine, making contracts, taking months to fit it into the Fall list or the Spring list, fitting it into an advertising plan.   I’ll take the fast lane, please.”

The work is a sequel to his 1977 bestseller. The new book focuses on Bach’s near-death experience in a plane crash in 2012.

Game of Thrones Action Figures at Barnes & Noble

gameofthronesHBO Global Licensing and Funko have created a line of action figures based on the characters in HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones. These figures are available for sale exclusively through Barnes & Noble for a limited time.

The collection has six action figures – The Jon Snow Legacy Action Figure; The Daenerys Targaryen Legacy Action Figure; The Hound; The Tyrion Lannister Legacy Action Figure; The White Walker Legacy Action Figure; and The Ned Stark Legacy Action Figure. The toys are being timed to support the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season, on DVD and Blu-ray which hit shelves next week. They cost $19.95.

Here is more about the action figures from the press release: “Each action figure features more than 20 points of articulation and its own removable accessories. All action figures in this collection are recommended for ages 17 and over. The Game of Thrones Legacy Collection features the following highly articulated action figures.”

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