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Archives: March 2010

The Best Passover Books for Children

flashlightworthy.pngAs the celebration of Passover nears, parents, relatives, and friends are preparing to teach children about the Jewish tradition.

Counting on our readers’ collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. Today’s list is timely: The Best Passover Fiction for Children.

Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created more than 300 lists–giving reading advice on everything from book club books to the best children’s books. Working with this carefully curated publication, we will share our favorite lists with GalleyCat readers. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

The complete list (created by Linda Silver) follows after the jump. Here’s more about the Passover List: “The exodus from Egypt, the Civil War, the Depression, and contemporary seders with a divorced mom and dad are some of the settings for this plateful of well-told, splendidly illustrated Passover stories. And as in so many children’s books, animals as well as humans take center stage with Chicken Little, Sammy Spider, and a talking horse all helping to celebrate the holiday.” (NOTE: This is a special encore posting of this literary list)

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GalleyCat Reviews: March 2010 Print Edition

Galley Cat Reviews March 2010

We are proud to present the March 2010 Print(out) Edition of GalleyCat Reviews–a 30-page, monthly collection of our best review content.

Now you can read all of our reviews, essays, round-ups, recommendations, links, and Twitter directories in a single document. Thanks to the magic of Scribd.com, the new format maintains all our hyperlinks and layout, but allows you to take GalleyCat Reviews on the road. Read it all at this link.

With this special monthly edition, you can read GCR, print GCR, or download GCR to your favorite reading device. If you want more print-able goodness, check out our Best Book Reviewers on Twitter Directory at Scribd. As the directory grows, we will update this handy document.

Philip Pullman Releases Enhanced Edition of “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ”

Today Enhanced Editions and Canongate launched an eBook app for novelist Philip Pullman‘s new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. The digital edition contains an audiobook, ebook, and video footage in a single package for the iPhone. In the video embedded above, Pullman shared his thoughts about the future of publishing and introduced his new book app.

The app currently retails for $16.99 in the iTunes Store–a premium price for the award-winning style of app from Enhanced Editions. Pullman is the author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy.

Here’s more about the app: “The app contains the full text synchronised with the unabridged audiobook, expressively narrated by Pullman himself. Also included are nearly 20 minutes of intimate, exclusive video Q&A with the author, in which he expounds on how the book came to be, his own religious beliefs, and how he hopes the novel will be received.”

8 Ways to Win an iPad

ipad23.jpgAfter finally paying taxes this weekend, this GalleyCat editor will not be buying a fancy new iPad anytime soon–but maybe we can all win one. Scores of websites have offered free iPads around the Internet, and we’ve collected eight ways to win this new tablet computer with a nifty bookstore.

We are not vouching for any of these contests, but we wanted to share the links. Just follow the directions below to enter yourself in eight different iPad contests. Many of these links were drawn from the excellent site, Brokelyn–they are arranged in chronological order by urgency.

1. Write five posts at everythingiCafe before March 31st, 2010.

2. Register at PriceCanada.com before March 31, 2010

3. Design an iPad etching at Gizmodo before April 3, 2010.

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News: Smashwords Signs with Apple’s iPad

Ebook distributor, Smashwords has signed a distribution deal with Apple’s new iPad Bookstore. Books accepted in the company’s Premium Catalog by March 31st will be eligible and must have an ISBN. However, Smashwords now offers a free ISBN option for those who qualify as well. Smashwords has over 4000 authors who have enlisted in their program and expects many to jump at the chance to be part of Apple’s iPad Bookstore.

“The iPad is an important sales platform for indie publishers because the device will introduce millions of new readers to the joys of ebooks,” Smashwords founder, Mark Coker told GalleyCat, “We saw this happen with the iPhone and iPod Touch. They weren’t really e-reading devices, yet ebooks were one of their most popular uses. With the iPad, Apple is openly embracing ebooks.”

Right now Smashwords will not focus on any enhanced books as of yet but will offer traditional ebooks to readers.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Adaptation Trailer Arrives

That’s the recently released trailer for an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s popular comic series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It tells the story of Pilgrim, a teenager in love with Ramona Flowers–a girlfriend with some wicked ex-boyfriends.

The film is helmed by Edgar Wright, the director of the unhinged comedies Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. The comic series will also be adapted into a videogame alongside the movie release. The best way to learn about the series is through this early Read About Comics review that contains a long and free preview of the comic.

Here’s an excerpt: “Scott’s first extended encounter with Ramona Flowers, for instance, starts off silly but gradually moves into something that shows a great amount of maturity. If it had just shown up that way it might have felt out of place, but O’Malley slips these moments into the book so perfectly and gradually that it never feels like the tone of the book has shifted until you stop and think about it afterwards. Of course, lest you think it’s ever gotten too serious, O’Malley responds with rock-and-roll-meets-Nintendo fight scene to end all fight scenes.”

Philip Roth and John Grisham Interviews Fabricated by Italian Journalist

roth$philip.gifAn Italian journalist appears to have fabricated an interview with famed novelist Philip Roth, creating imaginary quotes bashing President Barack Obama‘s presidential performance.

This week’s Talk of the Town has the scoop, outlining how another Italian journalist asked Roth (pictured, via Nancy Crampton) about his comments during an interview–discovering that journalist Tommaso Debenedetti had fabricated an entire interview with the novelist. Roth’s fiction is loaded with fictional versions of himself, and he embarked on a literary investigation–discovering that the journalist had also fabricated an interview with John Grisham.

Here’s more from the crazy story: “Although Roth and Grisham have never met, they joined forces through their agents and contacted an Italian lawyer, who felt that they had a good case. ‘I am exploring my possible remedies,’ Grisham said, ‘with plans to file an action.’ But Roth has decided not to sue. ‘It would take two years, and multiple trips to Italy,’ he said. ‘It would distract me from my writing, and, worst of all, I would have to obsess about it.’”

Colson Whitehead to Judge Electric Literature Twitter Contest

shapeimage_1.jpgNovelist Colson Whitehead and the literary journal Electric Literature will host the Stuff My Muse Says contest on twitter this week. Running from today until Friday, April 2nd, one lucky Twitter writer will win a Sony eReader.

Following the lead of web phenomenon S*** My Dad Says, readers can submit inspiring, mundane, comical, or sad things they learned from their inspirational muse. Whitehead shared this tweet: “I had a cat. The cat died. Now all the stuff I used to say to the cat all day, I tweet!”

Here’s more about the contest, and the big prize: “The best tweet your muse say wins, and s/he doesn’t have to be literary–anything goes. The only rule: Put the #stuffmymusesays hashtag at the end of every tweet. All tweets with this hashtag will be automatically entered, and Colson Whitehead will pick the winner. The writer of the winning tweet will receive a BRAND NEW SONY eREADER, as well as honor, glory, and fame.”

Barack Obama Bookstore; Tim O’Brien Writing Tips; Gossip Girl Producer Book Deal: Weekend Reading

As you enjoy the weekend, check out the video embedded above and learn how to make a cover for your Amazon Kindle (or other eReader)–from scratch. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

We learned how to use Google TV ads to promote your book (cheaply!) on television.

Novelist Tim O’Brien gave us writing tips and reflected on the 20th anniversary of The Things They Carried.

While President Barack Obama used an indie bookstore in Iowa to illustrate his health care plan, the Washington Post and PublicAffairs decided to rush a new book about the health insurance reform bill.

A Gossip Girl producer landed a book deal for a YA trilogy. In semi-related news, two Jersey Shore castmates also cut a book deal.

Following controversial reviews of a Michael Lewis bestseller, readers debated Amazon’s customer reviews policy.

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From Website to Book Deal: PleaseFireMe.com


PleaseFireMe.com has just sold the book rights to Citadel Press at auction. Citadel Press is the publisher of the New York Times bestselling book, I Hope They Sell Beer in Hell by Tucker Max.

Acquiring editor, Amy Pyle is said to envision it as a huge franchise. In fact, according to founder and co-author, Adam Chromy, she says, “When I first brought it up at our editorial meeting, our publisher threatened to fire me if I didn’t get this book.”

The book will be written by Adam Chromy and Jill Morris and will include some of the best posts from PleaseFireMe.com along with funny advice on how to cope or escape malemployment.

Several Hollywood producers are circling the project as a potential sitcom and Chromy is already launching the sequel, PleaseDumpMe.com for all the romantics in the world who are stuck in a love that they just can’t leave.

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