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Archives: June 2011

Johnny Diaz Lands Film Deal

Open Road Integrated Media, a New York-based digital publisher and multimedia content company, has optioned the TV, film and digital rights to Johnny Diaz’s first three novels, Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, and Beantown Cubans.

Diaz, a Boston Globe Business staff writer, published his fourth novel this week. We caught up with the novelist to find out more about his books.

Diaz explained: “I wanted to present gay Latinos in a positive light and to buck the negative stereotypes that we often see in books, TV and film.  I wanted to do for gay Hispanic men and their friends what author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez has done for Latinas in literature – amplify their voice.”

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Levar Burton Plans Reading Rainbow Flash Mob

Actor and director LeVar Burton will assemble an army of Reading Rainbow fans for an Internet-organized event, planning a fan flash mob that will sing and dance to the show’s theme song.

UPDATE: Burton tweeted this afternoon: “Having amazing conversations with some powerful partners who want to join us in the Reading Rainbow Flash Mob IT’S ON!” Follow this link to get updates about the event. Burton created the Twitter hashtag “#readingrainbowflashmob” to spread the news about the flash mob.

According to Burton’s Twitter feed, a location-based commerce platform made the original offer: “Someone posted via @Zaarly a request to sing the Reading Rainbow theme with me, and are apparently willing to pay good money!” After that, Burton added singing to the mix, linking to the show’s theme song: “Could we really pull off a Reading Rainbow flash mob… with everyone singing?”

Penguin Classics iPhone App Launches with Annotations for 1,500 Titles

To celebrate is 65th anniversary, Penguin has launched a new iPhone app, the Penguin Classics Complete Annotated Listing–an app with annotations for 1,500 Penguin Classics and quizzes for 65 books from the series.

The app also has a recommendations tool that aims to be what Urbanspoon is for foodies. The “Discover the Classics” feature recommends classics to read based on a user’s profile interests. Users can shake the phone to get a book recommendation.

Below, we’ve collected a selection of five classics recommended by the iPhone app

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Gaby Rodriguez Lands Book Deal

17-year-old Gaby Rodriguez caused a stir when she faked her pregnancy last year.  Her campaign sparked a movie deal with Lifetime, a Today Show appearance and a book deal with Simon & Schuster Young Readers.

Sharlene Martin, Rodriguez’s literary manager, explained how the deal came about: “When executive editor Zareen Jaffery saw the story in GalleyCat, she asked for the proposal which led to a very quick pre-emptive offer.”

The book will be published early 2012 to coincide with the Lifetime Movie which is being produced by Barbara Lieberman, Anne Bremner and Sharlene Martin.  The Taryn Fagerness Agency will handle foreign rights.

LeVette Fuller Wins $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway

Librarian LeVette Fuller has won the $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway at the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Fuller works at the Shreve Memorial Library located in Shreveport, LA.

Here’s more from the press release: “The $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway included nearly 900 hand-selected graphic novels for adults, teens and children as well as fixtures and furniture. The total prize value exceeded $25,000. The grand prize will be of immediate use to the Shreve Memorial Library, which has been wanting to build its graphic novel collection more extensively, according to Fuller.”

More than 1,5000 librarians signed up for the giveaway. Fuller was one of 100 semi-finalists. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) president Kim Patton chose Fuller as the winner yesterday.

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Marriage, Michele, and Movies

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we challenge Michele Bachmann to a staring contest, take a journey through the t-shirt of Novak Djokovic’s dad, and uncover the history behind the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

The Genesis Key & A Sea’s Sorceress: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

The Genesis Key by James Barney: “More than three decades ago, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury’s archaeologist parents were murdered at an ancient excavation site in Iraq. Now the gifted biologist stands on the brink of a miraculous breakthrough: the discovery of a gene that could extend human life by hundreds of years. But at the moment of her greatest triumph, a mysterious phone call reveals a hidden truth that draws chaos and violence once again into her world . . . and threatens to irreversibly alter the destiny of human kind.” (June 2011)

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter: ”Davie Jones—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.” (June 2011)

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The Truth About Book Editors

In the YouTube clip embedded above, video blogger and children’s author John Green sent a video letter to his brother–giving readers a peek into the editorial process with his editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel.

Green explained in the video: “The real heart of the editorial process happens way before we ever start fighting about whether ‘stormtrooper’ is one word or two and whether everyday can be Friday. It starts when I send Julie [Strauss-Gabel] a draft and then she sends me an editorial letter … there’s a reason that The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises were edited by the same guy.”

Green is referring to legendary editor Maxwell Perkins. He proceeds to read from an editorial letter prescribing revisions for his manuscript. Mystery writer C.S. Harris describes what editorial letters generally look like on her blog.

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When Is the Best Time To Post on Facebook?

facebooklogo.jpgWhen is the best time to post on Facebook? Our readers have been debating Twitter timing all weekend, but Facebook is a whole different story…

The  KISSmetrics blog published an infographic report breaking down the best statistical times to post something on Facebook. According to their research, posting every other day on the social network site will maximize the amount of “likes” your Facebook page will earn.

Our sibling blog AllFacebook has the complete infographic: “Saturday at noon is the absolute best time to post on Facebook, according to the following infographic from KissMetrics that uses data supplied by Dan Zarella.”

Amazon Releases ‘Best Books Of The Year So Far’ List

Mitchell Zuckoff’s World War II epic memoir Lost in Shangri-La is the best book of the year so far, according to Amazon.

Today the retailer published its annual Best Books of the Year So Far list, which highlights the “best books” released in 2011 between January and June. The list includes a number of different genres from memoir to thriller.

Tina Fey’s Bossypants, the comedienne’s hilarious memoir of how she climbed the ranks of amateur improv groups and madeit to Saturday Night Live, is No. 6 on the list. The Tragedy of Arthur: A Novel by Arthur Phillips, a faux memoir conceived as an introduction to a long-lost Shakespeare play, is No. 5.

Follow this link to the complete list, and to see lists by genre. Is there anything missing from the list?

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