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Archives: October 2010

Johnny Depp Narration, Mad Men Memoir & Pregnancy Comedy: Weekend Reading

As we head home for the weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Email GalleyCat to get all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in a daily email newsletter.

We revealed our Book Pitch Party finalists, so follow this link to RSVP–you’ll meet publishing professionals and aspiring writers at the party next week.

We found out that fictional Mad Men character Roger Sterling will publish his memoir in real life.

Danny DeVito will star in an an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, joined by Zac Efron and Betty White.

The parenting handbook What To Expect When You’re Expecting will be adapted as romantic comedy.

Barnes & Noble unveiled a Color Nook (see the video embedded above) and eBook readers debated: was it revolutionary or a mistake?

After considering thousands of actors, director Ang Lee cast unknown Suraj Sharma as the lead in his 3-D Life of Pi adaptation.

Johnny Depp narrated the audiobook for Keith Richards’  memoir, Life.

After protests and governmental negotiations, The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

Still want more? Check out our Weekend Reading archives.

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Sergio Ruzzier & the Halloween Picture Book Scare

Picture book author and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier has sent an online postcard entitled “Picture Book Scare” to his friends, reminding us why picture books will never fade away.

Click on the image to enlarge. Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of The Room of Wonders and The Little Giant and other books.  Here’s more about Ruzzier: “From 1989 to 1993 he created a series of comic strips for Linus, the Italian comics magazine, and later for Lupo Alberto Magazine. In 1995 he moved to New York City, from where he’s been working for national and international magazines and book publishers.”

Follow this link for a refresher course on recent debates about the uncertain future of the picture book.

Jeff Kinney to Embark on Tour for Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney will embark on a national tour to promote the fifth book in his series, The Ugly Truth. The title comes out on November 9th. Five million copies have been ordered for the first printing.

Publisher’s Weekly has more: “The launch for The Ugly Truth will take place at BookPeople in Austin on the book’s on-sale date; the store will have a kid-sized version of the Cheese Touch board game, a dunk tank, and other activities on hand for the event.”

On November 21st, Kinney will be in New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for Greg Heffley’s debut as a giant balloon. The wimpy kid will appear alongside other literary characters including Horton the Elephant and Spider-Man. Right now, readers enter a sweepstakes for a trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

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Best Halloween Horror Novel Adaptations on Netflix

netflixlogo.pngAre you watching instant movies on Netflix for Halloween? Over at eBookNewser, we’ve created a list of the Top 10 Horror Movies Based On Literature.

Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

Add your favorite horror novel adaptation in the comments section. We’ve been building Instant Movies for Readers lists for months, from the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays to the best Netflix streaming movies based on comic books.

Keep adding your suggestions as we update the lists. We’ve included a few of our favorites below…

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Writing New Novel

marquez.jpgRandom House Mondadori editor Cristobal Pera revealed that Nobel Literature Prize-winner Gabriel García Márquez is currently hard at work on a new novel. Some had worried he would never publish again.

Yahoo! News reports: “The editor said Garcia, who was last seen in public two weeks ago in Mexico City, was busy completing his latest novel En agosto nos vemos, whose title in English means We’ll Meet in August and which awaits a publishing date.”

Today marks the release date of Márquez’s latest non-fiction book, I Didn’t Come to Give a Speech (Yo no vengo a decir un discurso). This work compiles 22 speeches Márquez had given from age 17 to the present. The book includes his 1982 acceptance speech for the Nobel prize, The Solitude of Latin America.

Stephen King Earned $80,000 on Kindle Novella

In 2009, we caught up with horror novelist Stephen King during the release of “Ur“–an exclusive novella he published on the launch of the Kindle 2.  Our video interview is embedded above.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, King revealed how much he earned on the story. While aspiring novelists can’t imagine eBook sales figures, it does reveal an audience hungry for digital reading.

Here’s more from King’s interview: “I didn’t do ‘Ur’ for money. I did it because it was interesting. I’m fairly prolific. It took three days, and I’ve made about $80,000. You can’t get that for short fiction from Playboy or anybody else. It’s ridiculous.” (Via Publishers Lunch)

Vampire Expert Ian Holt: ‘Vampires Do Exist. I Have Met Them.’

Author Ian Holt wrote a sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula the Un-Dead) alongside Stoker’s great-grand nephew,  Dacre Stoker. Holt also serves as writer and producer for the supernatural thriller film, Episode 50. We  caught up with this vampire expert just in time for Halloween.

Q: Why are vampires portrayed as sexy monsters?

A: That was just a happy accident. As written, Bram’s character of Count Dracula was old, he smelled like the grave, he had hair on his palms and the facial features of a rodent. Bram’s Count Dracula was not at all sexy.

It was not until Bela Lugosi was cast that the play and the book became the mega-success we all know it as today. Bela came to England from Hungary where had just completed a hugely successful run as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. His good looks made him a national sex symbol and his erotically charged performance as Romeo had women swooning in the aisles.

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Chad Post Responds to Melville House Withdrawal from Best Translated Book Awards

In an essay at the Three Percent blog, Open Letter Books director Chad W. Post responded to Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson‘s decision to withdraw his press from future participation in the Best Translated Book Awards.

In the essay, Post confessed that “reading about Dennis’s post on dozens and dozens of blogs and tweets and whatever rocked my mind a little bit.” The director explained that the awards received $25,000 from Amazon–a $5,000 award for two winning translators and two winning authors and $5,000 to help the 14 judges attend the awards ceremony.

Here’s more from Post’s essay: “Point being, unless Melville House stops publishing literature in translation (which I don’t think is going to happen anytime soon), their titles will still be considered for the award. We won’t expect any review copies to be arriving on the doorsteps of our panelists anytime soon (although seeing that the majority are also reviewers, we might end up receiving more books than we expect), and if a Melville House title is chosen, we will offer the money to the winning author and translator. It’s up to them if they want to reject it or not. We’ll still promote the book, try and get people to read it, etc., etc.”

Margaret Atwood Designs Superhero Costumes

Two Margaret Atwood fans received an unexpected gift from the novelist recently: superhero costumes.

It began when nephrologist Dr. Joel Topf (@kidney_boy) tweeted about an Atwood novel to his friend, a writer named Melissa Travis (@Dr. Snit). To thank them for their support, Atwood made an unsolicited offer to design superhero costumes for their Twitter aliases. You can see Atwood’s designs for Dr. Snit and Kidney Boy in the above image.

Topf couldn’t be more pleased and wrote in a personal blog post: “This has been wonderful and exciting. How cool is it to exchange with an author I love and respect. It demonstrates how small the world can be.”

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Robert Jordan & Wheel of Time Get First Video Treatment

Instead of using a neutral production company, Tor Books enlisted the help of Dragonmount.com founder and Wheel of Time fan Jason Denzel to make the  book trailer for Towers of Midnight. The trailer is embedded above.

The book is the penultimate (and thirteenth!) novel in The Wheel of Time series, written by the late Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

Here’s more about the video, from the site: “Produced by the creative forces of Dragonmount.com and Mythmakers Entertainment, this video is the first-ever official video representation of Robert Jordan’s masterpiece series. The majority of the crew for this project were fans themselves … Go behind the scenes and watch the making of the trailer at Outta This World.”

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