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Capstone Launches Web Video Series

Publishing house Capstone has launched a new video series in which its editorial department discusses books.

The first episode is called Capstone Live With Michael Dahl! and features Capstone’s Fiction Editorial Director Michael Dahl sharing his Top 5 picks from the publisher’s Fall 2014 nonfiction list. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

The publisher will release a new video every month of the school year. A future episode will feature Dahl discussing his Top 5 Fiction picks. Another will focus on graphic novels.

Capstone is not the first publisher to showcase editors talking about books on video. Simon & Schuster recently launched a new Behind the Book series.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka On Finding Inspiration in a School Cafeteria

Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie.

In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.

Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk in less than 4 hours.

LeVar Burton Stars in the ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ Video

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and created a hilarious video called “Tweeting Rainbow.” The video embedded features Burton singing a parody version of the beloved TV show’s theme song and reading from celebrity Twitter feeds. What do you think? (via The Huffington Post)

YouTuber Creates ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Mash-Up Trailer

What happens when you cross Harry Potter with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?

The comedian behind “The Unusual Suspect” YouTube channel tried to answer this question with his “Harry Potter vs. The World” mash-up trailer. The video embedded above features scenes from all eight Harry Potter films.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 607,000 views. Two days ago, The Unusual Suspect announced on his Facebook page that filmmaker Edgar Wright (the Scott Pilgrim movie director) complimented this project. What do you think? (via io9)

Is it Wrong For Bibliophiles to Spoil Movies or TV Shows?

The Suvudu team wanted people’s thoughts on this question: “Is it right to spoil the movie or TV show if you’ve read the book?” The video embedded above features a few responses from various Comic-Con 2014 attendees.

How does Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk feel about spoilers? He despises them! What about The Maze Runner author James Dashner? He feels that people who wish to avoid spoilers should just read the book “fast.”

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The History of Typography: VIDEO

Are you looking for a typeface for your book? Perhaps you’d like it to tie into the era that your novel is set in?

DesignMantic has created a video which illustrates the history of typography, tracing the history of type development through the ages. It is a great resource for those that want to learn the background on the various typefaces that have been popular throughout the ages.

We’ve embedded the video above for your enjoyment.

ScreenJunkies Creates an ‘Honest Trailer’ For ‘Divergent’

Have you ever confused two dystopian stories with one another?

The team behind the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel created a hilarious “Honest Trailer” for the first installment of the Divergent film franchise.

Th video embedded above includes mentions of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, and The Spectacular Now. (via Entertainment Weekly)

Have You Ever Wondered About ‘Stuff YA Readers Say’?

This is Teen, the young adult division of Scholastic publishing, has produced a video called “Stuff YA Readers Say.”

The video embedded above features references to several popular books including The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Twilight, and more.

What are your favorite young adult books? (via The Huffington Post)

Weird Al Yankovic Releases the ‘Word Crimes’ Music Video

What are your grammar pet peeves? Grammy Award-winning musician and picture book author Weird Al Yankovic has released a new music video for his song “Word Crimes” (a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”).

The video (embedded above), the second of eight being released from July 14th to July 21st, was unleashed earlier this afternoon and has already attracted more than 7,900 “thumbs ups” on YouTube. An announcement on Facebook has drawn more than 11,000 “likes.”

In an interview with NPR, Yankovic explained that he wrote this parody partly because of his personal obsession with grammar. The song itself discusses conjugation, contractions, spelling, homophones, proper word usage, and more. It can be found on Yankovic’s 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun.” Follow this link to check out the lyrics.

‘Alive at 5′ Book Trailer

Journalist Linda Bond has written her first book, a romantic thriller called Alive at 5, which is out today from Entangled Publishing. The book is inspired by her experience as a journalist and even draws on real newsroom personalities. Check it out:

TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line, she sets up an easy feature story — following her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When her mentor dies while skydiving, Samantha suspects he was murdered, and her investigative instincts lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter.

To help promote the book, Bond wrote, produced and directed an ambitious six-minute book trailer. The high-action video features scuba diving, sky diving and motorcycle rides. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

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