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Archives: March 2011

Perez Hilton To Publish Children’s Book

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has inked a book deal with Celebra Children’s Books (in partnership with Penguin Young Readers Group) to publish a children’s book: The Boy with Pink Hair.

In his book, Hilton (pictured, via) “celebrates individuality and self-acceptance.” Celebra Children’s Books publisher Raymond Garcia acquired the book and Dutton Books for Young Readers associate publisher Steven Meltzer will edit. Publication is set for September with an initial print run of 75,000 copies.

Garcia had this comment: “The Boy with Pink Hair is a defining story about how believing in yourself and following your aspirations can not only bring out the best in you, but also in those around you.  With fun, colorful and endearing characters, Perez reminds readers that by simply accepting our differences we can find the things that unite us all.”

Pop-Up Bookstore To Open in Shuttered Borders

On  April 30th, Fleeting Pages will open a pop-up bookstore inside a shuttered Borders bookstore in Pittsburgh.

The space will be stocked with independent and self-published writings: books, journals, zines, graphic novels, comics, magazines, e-Books, and book art. Follow this link to submit your work. The store will be open for at least one month.

Bagging the Beats at Midnight: Confessions of an Indie Bookstore Clerk author Karen Lillis explained: “They will sell books by indie presses and self-publishers; hold book-making workshops, readings, and other events; and are open to other suggestions by writers and artists in the indie community.” (Photo Credit: ZeroOne)

Amy Adams to Play Lois Lane

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams (pictured, via) will play Lois Lane in Zach Snyder‘s production of Superman. According to The Los Angeles Times, Snyder has labeled Adams’ character as the “linchpin of the project.”

Snyder explained: “It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes.  That applies to Lois as well.”

Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) based Lois Lane‘s personality on a mix of two real-life journalists, Torchy Blane and Nellie Bly. Other actresses who have portrayed her in previous film and television adaptations include Margot KidderTeri Hatcher, and Kate Botsworth. (via Deadline)

Augmented Reality App Helps Librarians Spot Misshelved Books

Next month, Miami University’s Augmented Reality Research Group will unveil a smart new library app at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference.

Above, we’ve embedded a video of  the Augmented Reality App for Shelf Reading in action. ReadWriteWeb introduced us to the Android app that will help librarians quickly spot misshelved books in a collection.

Here’s more about the tool: “[This] Android app that could save librarians a lot of time and hassle. Using the Android’s camera, the app ‘reads’ a bookshelf, and with an AR overlay, quickly flags those books that are misplaced. It will also point to the correct place on the bookshelf so the book can easily be re-shelved correctly.”

How To Find an Agent for Your YA Book

GalleyCat caught up with young-adult novelist Cara Chow (pictured, via) to talk about her book, Bitter Melon.  Here are some highlights from our interview.

Q: How did you find your agent?
A: Back in June 2008, I found Stephen [Barbara] on a website called agentquery.com. My keyword searches were ‘Young Adult’ and ‘multicultural,’ and his name was one of over 200 that showed up on the list. The description of what he was interested in seemed to match what I had, so I sent him a query.

After reading my manuscript, Stephen wrote me a very nice letter telling me what he liked about my manuscript. He then went on to explain what was missing and asked if I would be interested in revising and resending it. I called him to get a better idea of what he had in mind. During our phone conversation, I felt strongly that he was ‘The One’ (I mean that in a professional way, of course). I felt a deep sense of trust in him and decided that he was worth another draft.

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Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: Free Samples

Today the New York Public Library revealed the finalists for the 2011 Young Lions Fiction Award. We’ve created another literary mixtape linking to free samples of all the nominated novels.

Here’s more about the annual prize: “The award honors the works of young authors carving deep first impressions in the literary world. The winning writer will be awarded a $10,000 prize on May 9, 2011 at a ceremony hosted by actor Ethan Hawke held in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.”

If you want more books, we made similar mixtapes linking to free samples of the Best Cookbooks of 2010, the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominees, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, the 2011 Edgar Awards finalists, the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards winners, the 2011 Book Critics Circle Awards finalists, the Best Translated Books longlist, the Believer Book Awards shortlist, and the Best Books of 2010.

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Radiohead Releases Free ‘The Universal Sigh’ Newspaper

To promote the release of King of Limbs, Radiohead has been giving out free copies of a one-time newspaper around the world.

Today (March 29th) the paper will be given out in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and many other locations. We’ve included the NYC giveaway points below. The paper includes stories by Robert Macfarlane, Jay Griffiths, and Stanley Donwood.

Here’s more from the site: “To commemorate this momentous occasion, Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locations WORLDWIDE! In the USA, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Hungary, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK and a load of other places around the globe, our dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, until we run out!”

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Small Press Month & Nowhere to Be Home Get Booked

Here are some literary events to spice up your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page.

Maggie Lemere and Zoe West will be reading from Nowhere to Be Home. Hear them on Wednesday, March 30th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The National Book Critics Circle celebrates Small Press Month 2011 with a discussion at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30th at the NYU Bookstore. (New York, NY)

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GranataPet Uses Foursquare Check-ins to Dispense Free Dog Food

The German company GranataPet developed a clever way to convince dog owners to connect with the company on Foursquare. Once a dog owner checked in on Foursquare near a giant billboard, the sign dispensed a free snack for the dog.

In the video embedded above, you can watch the interactive billboard in action. The possibilities are endless for publishers, a way to coordinate real-life giveaways with books, posters, zines or other print samples.

Geekosystem has more: “In most forms of media, consumers generally can’t taste or smell the food being advertised. Granted, they solved the issue with dog food, rather than people food, and the billboard is in Germany instead of everywhere, but they solved the issue nonetheless. When one checks in at the billboard via Foursquare, some of the dog food slides out of a dispenser and into a bowl, ready for dogs sample. The billboard isn’t too complicated, as the checkins are sent to a server that is connected to a box which controls the dispenser.” (Via Calvin Reid)

Jim Henson Shot a Trailer for ‘Wizard of Id’ TV Show

In the late 1960s, Muppets creator Jim Henson collaborated with comic strip artist Johnny Hart (the creator of B.C. and The Wizard of Id)–planning TV show based on The Wizard of Id with puppets and animated sets. The duo created the trailer embedded above.

Here’s more from the Jim Henson Company Archives: “Jim loved comics and cartoons and collected books of Pogo, Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, L’il Abner, Charles Addams, Jules Feiffer, Roger Price, James Thurber, and Johnny Hart. During the 1960s, Jim pursued several projects based on classic fairy tales, but the Wizard of Id project was the first time Jim sought out a creative collaborator with an existing character group. The snarky humor of Hart’s B.C. and Wizard of Id appealed to Jim, and he saw how his sensibility overlapped with these funnies.”

A few years later, Henson started work on Sesame Street and his first Muppet projects, so the show never happened. Last summer, biographer Brian Jay Jones sold a biography of Henson to Ballantine. (Via i09)

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