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Late Bloomer Award Established for Children’s Authors Over the Age of 50

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has established the Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award for authors over the age of 50 “who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.”

There is no direct application for the award. Interested authors must apply for Work-In-Progress Grant from SCBWI and indicate on the application that they are over 50. One winner will be picked from among these applications. The winner gets $500 in cash, and free tuition to one SCBWI conference. Here’s more about the award:

Newbery Award winner Karen Cushman founded the award with and her husband, Philip Cushman, in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Karen published her first children’s book, The Midwife’s Apprentice (winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal), at the age of fifty-three and has gone on to become one of the field’s most acclaimed novelists. “This award was established to encourage and celebrate late bloomers like me, who didn’t start to write until age fifty. But then I bloomed, and I’d love to see others do so as well,” said Karen.

The Progressive Opens eBook Line

The Progressive magazine has opened a line of digital books, collecting stories from a century’s worth of articles. The books were created with support from Middleton-based August Publications.

The first eBook (Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall) was inspired by President Barack Obama‘s Second Inaugural address, celebrating the American belief “that all of us are created equal” that the President called “the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.” Here’s more from the release:

Newly digitized and fully searchable, The Progressive archives are a treasure trove of progressive history, beginning with the magazine’s founding in 1909 by Fighting Bob La Follette … In its early years, it joined the cause of women’s suffrage under the leadership of Belle Case La Follette, Fighting Bob’s wife. The Progressive documented that struggle, throughout its early, suffragist years under the guidance of Belle Case La Follette, during the great civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s, and with joyful declarations of gay liberation by Allen Ginsberg and Harry Hay, founder of the modern gay rights movement … This collection also features writing from civil rights leaders, including James Baldwin and A. Phillip Randolph, in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hachette Opens Complete eBook Catalog to Libraries

Hachette Book Group reached an agreement with OverDrive today to offer its complete eBook catalog to libraries. AppNewser has all the details about the deal.

At the same time, New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx wrote an op-ed about progress with digital books and libraries. Check it out:

Last September, Penguin agreed to make its e-books available to patrons at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, but with a six-month lag for new titles. Penguin recently agreed to release e-books to libraries at the same time its hardcovers came out. In April, Simon & Schuster agreed to sell e-books to the city’s libraries. Today’s announcement by Hachette (whose imprints include Little, Brown) is the capstone of that process. Many issues still need to be sorted out. Five of the Big Six are making their entire e-book inventory available to us to choose from, while Macmillan is offering only a limited selection.

Scholastic Invites ‘Catching Fire’ Fans to Create Videos for a New Book Trailer

Would you like to be featured in the new book trailer for Catching Fire? Send Scholastic a video explaining why you love The Hunger Games trilogy for a chance to be included.

Follow this link to read all the rules and submission terms. Each video must contain your first name, the state where you live, and answer these questions:

  • The Hunger Games: We all have our reasons. Mine is…
  • I love The Hunger Games because…
  • The best thing about Catching Fire is…
  • Everyone should read Catching Fire because…

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Amazon Cracks Down on Kindle Books Under 2,500 Words

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is reportedly planning to remove Kindle books that have fewer than 2,500 words.

At the KBoards site for Kindle readers and writers, one author shared a letter from Amazon that explained: “Content that is less than 2,500 words is often disappointing to our customers and does not provide an enjoyable reading experience.”

UPDATE: We reached out to Amazon last week for commentary, but still have not received a response. We have reached out again.

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Do You Write on an Android Tablet?

From Amazon’s Kindle Fire to the Samsung Galaxy Note, lots of writers use Android tablets as writing tools.

Over at AppNewser, we took a look at a number of writing apps for Android tablets. We’ve written about many writing resources for Mac and iOS users, but haven’t featured tools for Android writers.

Follow this linke to explore a growing list of resources.

Mystery & Thriller Self-Published Bestsellers List for April 2013

Looking for a good mystery or thriller this weekend? Find more independently published mysteries and thrillers in our monthly list below…

Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists–highlighting three top books from four different marketplaces.

If you are an author, check out our new online course–finish your book with the help of bestselling independent authors.

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Vote for Poetry App in at Webby Awards

The Poetry Foundation app has been nominated for a Webby Award in the “Education & Reference (Handheld Devices)” category.

You can vote for the app at this link. Here’s more from the publisher of Poetry magazine:

POETRY from the Poetry Foundation shares distinguished company with fellow finalists MoMA Art Lab, Sesame Street Mobile, Annes Amsterdam, and Duolingo. This is the first Webby Award nomination for the POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app, and it comes with two additional honors. The Poetry Foundation website has been named as an honoree in the “Associations” category, and the Poetry Out Loud website has been named an honoree in the “Youth” category.

Meryl Streep To Narrate Nora Ephron Audiobook

The great actress Meryl Streep will narrate the first ever audiobook edition of Heartburn, a novel by the late Nora Ephron.

Random House Audio will release the audiobook in July 2013 as “a digital download exclusive.” Streep and Ephron were friends, and Streep starred in an adaptation of Heartburn in 1986. Here’s more from the release:

Additionally Random House Audio will be releasing digital download exclusives of Ephron’s magazine articles and essay collections, Wallflower at the Orgy, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Casting for the narrators of these three titles, also available in summer 2013, is underway. Heartburn is Ephron’s sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage.

2013 Guggenheim Fellows Revealed

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has released its list of 2013 Fellows, and the list includes a number of literary winners.

Kiran Desai, Adam Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Ben Marcus, David Means, Terese Svoboda and Colson Whitehead were all named fiction fellows for 2013. The nonfiction fellows included: Joshua FoerJ. C. Hallman, Bill Hayes, Sylvia Nasar, Carlin Romano and David Rosenberg.

We’ve rounded up more literary winners below. Here’s more from the committee: “This year, after considering the recommendations of panels and juries consisting of hundreds of distinguished artists, scholars, and scientists, the Board of Trustees has granted Fellowships to 175 individuals.”

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