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J.M. Lee Wins ‘The Dark Crystal’ Author Quest Contest

969658_286630688148585_854746099_nJ.M. Lee has won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest.

Last summer, Penguin Young Readers Group formed a partnership with the Jim Henson Company to publish a young adult series inspired by the classic film, The Dark Crystal. The two companies launched a contest to find a writer to pen the first installment of this project. Lee’s story, “The Ring of Dreams” was chosen as the winning piece from a pool of more than 500 submissions.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “The Dark Crystal was my first Jim Henson experience after being coerced into a viewing by my father, who since has admitted he just thought I would like the ‘soundtrack performed by a bunch of giant crows.’ And I did! I’ve always been a fan of dark fantasy, but thinking back on how early it was that The Dark Crystal became part of my VHS(!) library, I wonder which came first: the Skeksis or the egg. Even now, the depth of world and profundity has continued to reveal itself as I grow into my so-called adulthood.”

Overbrook Entertainment Snatches Up Film Rights to New Jenny Han YA Novel

book-boysOverbrook Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Jenny Han’s young adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Screenwriter Annie Neal has been hired to write the script.

Deadline reports that the story stars “high schooler Lara Jean Song, who writes love letters to the five boys she’s ever loved and keeps them locked away in a hatbox until the day her letters are mailed, upending her real-life love life.” The book came out back in April 2014.

Han has announced on her blog that she has a sequel in the pipeline entitled P.S. I Still Love You. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for April 21, 2015.

Stephen Colbert Shares His Definition of ‘Young Adult Book’ With John Green

Last night, John Green appeared on The Colbert Report TV show. During the interview, Stephen Colbert shared his definition for “young adult novel” which is: “a regular novel that people actually read.”

How would you rank Colbert’s interpretation for accuracy? The video embedded above contains the entire conversation where the two also discussed all the tears and “feels” that The Fault in Our Stars induces, the popular movie adaptation, and the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel that John oversees with his brother Hank.

Recently, both Colbert and Green have spoken up for the traditional publishing industry as Hachette continues to negotiate with Amazon in the ongoing dispute. Neither party mentioned this issue during their chat. Where do you stand on this matter? (via Shelf Awareness)

Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

Lionsgate to Launch ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’

cvr_hungergames_movieHave you ever wanted to visit Panem? Lionsgate will partner with Thinkwell Group to design and launch “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

According to the press release, this exhibition will feature “interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games.” Fans will be able to view it at “major museums and institutions across the country.”

A U.S. tour has been planned for the Summer of 2015. No definitive schedule has been announced, but the organizers have confirmed that the exhibition will open several months prior to release of the fourth installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 2 which is due out on November 20, 2015. What item would you most like to see? (via NYLON)

Cassandra Clare to Follow Up ‘Mortal Instruments’ with Three New Book Series

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Last night, novelist Cassandra Clare headlined a 92Y event to celebrate the launch of the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. Fellow writers Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and David Levithan joined her on stage.

The group kicked off the night by reading a series of voice mail messages that were recorded by the protagonists some time in between book five, City of Lost Souls, and book six. Johnson announced that this material would be featured in the print edition of The Bane Chronicles; this short story collection is due out for release on November 11, 2014.

At one point during the night, Black teased that Clare plans to have “lots of fairies” in the stories of her forthcoming new series, The Dark Artifices. In addition to the first installment of Dark Artifices, Clare’s fans have plenty of projects to look forward to including the middle-grade Magisterium series co-written with Black and a trilogy set in the Edwardian era called The Last Hours. What do you think? (Photo Credit: Joyce Culver)

Kiera Cass to Pen a ‘Selection’ Prequel Novella

PrintKiera Cass has concluded The Selection trilogy with the final installment, The One. Two days after the release, Cass revealed on her website that she will be working on a prequel Selection project.

The Queen novella follows Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly, as she competes in her own ‘Selection’ contest. HarperTeen Impulse has not announced a publication date.

In the past, Cass has written two Selection novellasThe Prince and The Guard. Earlier this year, the publisher released a print book called The Selection Stories which contains both novellas and a 3-chapter excerpt from The One.

John Green On Why Adult Readers Enjoy YA Fiction

John Green TFIOSYoung adult author John Green has written an essay for Cosmopolitan magazine pondering the question, “Can You Get Too Old For YA Novels?”

Green has written multiple teen fiction books throughout his career including his 2012 mega hit, The Fault in Our Stars. That particular novel has attracted a fan base comprised of both teen and adult readers.

From his interactions with these people and his own experiences, Green believes that many adults enjoy the young adult genre because it features “unironic emotional honesty.” Follow this link to read his full essay. Why do you like reading YA? (Photo CreditTon Koene)

TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

tfioscoverThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pick: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

According to the press release, “members will have the opportunity to participate in a Google+ Hangout live from the red carpet of a movie premiere. John Green and the stars of the film will join Willie Geist one hour before The Fault in Our Stars premieres in New York City.”

This book has an enormous fan base; all four of Green’s young adult novels are currently featured on The New York Times bestseller list. During a recent press conference, Green shared that he feels the team behind The Fault in Our Stars movie “really honored my book.” Follow this link to learn more details about the book club. Click here to watch a clip with the announcement.

Kiera Cass on Publishing, Social Media, & Ending ‘The Selection’ Trilogy

Kiera CassYoung adult writer Kiera Cass has spent the last few years in the dystopic world of The Selection. The final book, The One, will be released on May 6th. We sat down with Cass to discuss the differences between self-publishing and working with a traditional publisher, writing, and more. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How does self-publishing differ from working with a traditional publishing house?
A: Self-publishing and traditional publishing differ in three main ways: control, timing, and (to an extent) effort. In traditional publishing, all I can really control are the words on the paper, and sometimes, even those have to be changed. It also takes years to make a book happen. In self-publishing, your cover, your story, and the general vibe around your book is completely yours. And, if you happen to be writing something time sensitive, a book can be produced in months, maybe even less if you choose to do e-book only.

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