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Archives: July 2011

Library Card Save the Date Cards

Getting married? Have a book party coming up? You can remind your guests to support libraries with a set of save the date notices printed on library cards.

We found a variety of save the date library cards on the craft site, Estsy. Follow this link to explore all the designs. Above, we’ve embedded a save the date card image from the Etsy seller Treehouses.

Check it out: “These vintage library cards will be a hit for your Save The Dates! These cards were found in an elementary school library and were purchased in the 1960′s and 1970′s. They are in flawless condition and ready to customize! This package will include 25 handwritten invitations on vintage library cards in black ink. (other ink colors are available per request)”

Twitter Memorial for Victims of Norway Attack

Twitter and Facebook users around the world will observe a minute of silence today in memory of the 76 people killed in the horrific attack in Norway last week.

Here’s more from AllTwitter: “In an attempt to connect the world through social media, four Irish friends are trying to take their one minute of Twitter silence campaign – which they’re calling Twinute Silence – global. The organizers of Twinute Silence ask that people refrain from tweeting or posting status updates on Facebook for one minute, starting at 17:00 GMT / 12:00 ET. The #twinutesilence hashtag is being used to talk about the effort… Although it will be difficult to calculate just how many people participate in this event, the hashtag has taken off with a few tweets every minute or so.”

You can follow the online event at this hashtag. If you are unsure about the time, visit the countdown clock at the Twinute Silence page.

Little, Brown Lists Mysterious Book: Untitled by Anonymous

Little, Brown & Company is building suspense around a new release, sending bookstore buyers with a coy description of the book: Untitled by Anonymous.

In an email, the publisher described the book as “the inside story of life with one of the most controversial figures of our time.” The New York Times speculated that Bernard Madoff might be the subject of the book and Catherine Hooper and Laurie Sandell could be the authors. What do you think?

Here is more from the Times: “[One clue] suggests that the topic could be Bernard L. Madoff because Ms. Hooper was identified in recent interviews in The New York Times and People magazine as the glamorous, dark-haired fiancée of Andrew Madoff, the younger son of Mr. Madoff. Ms. Sandell is a freelance magazine writer and graphic novelist in Brooklyn, according to her Web site.”

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NYC Libraries Allowing Kids A Chance to ‘Read Down’ Their Fines

In New York City, any library patron with $15 or more in fines can’t check out books. To ease this restriction, the New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library will allow 143,000 blocked kids a chance to “read down” their fines this summer.

Children who sign up on Summer Reading can take part in this program. Every fifteen minutes of reading reduces an overall fine by one dollar. The kids then record the titles and the time they spent reading on their Summer Reading 2011 account. The program kicked off on July 25th and will run until September 9th.

NYPL official Jack Martin told The NY Daily News: “Kids might be afraid or ashamed because they are delinquent with the library. The idea of this program is to bring them back in. We are in such hard economic times and children and teens depend on the library.” Do you think this is a fair trade-off? Would adults be open to “reading down” their fines too? (via BookTV)

Linda Ronstadt Inks Book Deal for Memoir

Linda Ronstadt has landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for her memoir, Heart Like a Wheel. In the video embedded above, Ronstadt sings the title song from her memoir.

Ronstadt will write the book herself, exploring a career that “bridged the worlds of rock, folk, country, jazz, Latin, and opera.” Steve Wasserman at Kneerim & Williams Agency represented the singer. Publication has been tentatively set for 2013.

Publisher Jonathan Karp had this statement: “Few singers have been as wide-ranging or as distinctive in their artistry … Linda Ronstadt has a singular voice, and that is true on the page as well.”

10 Brick-and-Mortar Stores That Sell eReaders

This week Toys”R”Us announced that they will begin selling Amazon’s Kindle and OfficeMax announced that they will begin selling Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

To give you an overview of where you can buy eReaders in stores, we’ve made a list of brick-and-mortar stores that carry eReaders and which eReader brands they currently carry.

Add more suggestions in the comments section, we’ll keep updating the list. Read more

How to Write a Better Villain

How do you create a villain? We’ve rounded up some handy tips from around the literary world.

1. During her talk at CraftFest, suspense author Gayle Lynds said that “without a great villain, your hero has no one to play against.” She felt that all characters should be fully-developed human beings; heroes have to have flaws and “villains aren’t necessarily total monsters.”

2. Writer Kari Allen tweeted with this bit of advice on writing villains: “I heard Katherine Patterson speak recently and she said if you can’t find yourself in your villains, rewrite.”

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Mike Lupica Inks Book Deal for Middle-Grade Series

Prolific sportswriter Mike Lupica has landed a book deal with Scholastic to write a middle-grade series that covers football, basketball and baseball through the adventures of reoccurring characters.

Esther Newberg from International Creative Management negotiated the deal with Scholastic Paperbacks, Non-fiction and Licensing publisher Debra Dorfman. The series will launch in May 2012 with Game Changers, a novel focused on football. Lupica (pictured, via) has written many books, including the young adult novels, Travel Team, Heat, Miracle on 49th Street, and Summer Ball.

Lupica explained the series in the release: “My love of reading really started with the great Chip Hilton series, written by Clair Bee … The books were about Chip and his buddies, and also about the things that are the most important themes of my books for young readers: Friendship and loyalty and teamwork. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind to write a series that would go from season to season, and now I’m lucky enough to do that for Scholastic, writing about a special kid named Ben McBain and his pals. Mostly I’m trying to do the same thing I’ve been doing since Travel Team, which means write the kind of books that I wanted to read as a boy.”

Kurt Vonnegut & Sarah Ockler Books Removed from Missouri High School Library

A Missouri school board voted 4-0 this week to yank Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut out of the Republic High School library. The move has already drawn thousands of responses online.

Last year, Missouri State assistant professor Wesley Scroggins attacked the books at a a school board meeting and wrote a newspaper column for the Springfield News-Leader (“Filthy books demeaning to Republic education“). This GalleyCat editor will never forget the joy of discovering Vonnegut in his own high school library and can’t imagine missing that experience.

Here’s how Scroggins described Slaughterhouse-Five: “This is a book that contains so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame. The ‘f word’ is plastered on almost every other page. The content ranges from naked men and women in cages together so that others can watch them having sex to God telling people that they better not mess with his loser, bum of a son, named Jesus Christ.” (Via Reddit)

Lady Gaga & Terry Richardson Team Up for New Book

Grand Central Publishing will publish a “remarkable collaboration” between photographer Terry Richardson and Lady Gaga. Coming out November 22, Lady Gaga will feature 350 photographs by Richardson and an introduction by Lady Gaga (pictured, via).

Working in association with Atom Factory, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment negotiated the deal with publisher Jamie Raab. The publisher billed the book as a “visual dialogue” between the pop star and the photographer–Richardson has snapped 100,000 images of Gaga.

Here’s more from the release: “the book will showcase over 350 color and black and white photographs taken during the 10 month period in which Richardson followed Lady Gaga and had complete access to her everyday life, with nothing being off limits. Beginning with Lollapalooza in August 2010 to the February 2011 Grammy Awards which had 26.66 million viewers, (the highest viewership in over a decade) to the final shows of her Monster Ball tour which averaged an attendance of 90,000 people each day, Richardson brilliantly captures the intimate, random, behind-the-scenes moments of Lady Gaga in both her professional and personal life.”

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