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Archives: December 2011

Facebook Timeline Tips & Free eBooks: Top Stories of December

Our Facebook tips for writers and the cancellation of Bored to Death led our literary headlines in December.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. Make a Book Christmas Tree
2. 7 Free eBooks Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read
3. How to Make a Secret Door in Your Bookcase
4. ‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled by HBO
5. Facebook Timeline Tips for Writers

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Bookish Bunny in Our Pet Parade

Quirk Books marketing and social media coordinator Eric Smith wrote us about our annual Pet Parade: “Seeing puppies and cats, but where are the other furry critters? Here is a photo of my bunny, Rory (named after Rorschach in Alan Moore’s Watchmen) posing disapprovingly with my stuffed Kraken. She’s great at flashing me disapproving looks when my pitch letters get too long.”

GalleyCat readers around the globe have joined our annual Pet Parade, sending photos of their literary pets.

More photos follow below–we will collect all the entries at this link.

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Is Literary Coverage Gender Balanced?

Last night literary blogger Edward Champion looked back at The Bat Segundo Show archives for 2011, revealing that he had 28 male guests and 27 female guests on his literary podcast last year.

What do you think–does the literary world have a gender imbalance? Last year VIDA released a report about the gender balance among writers at literary magazines.

For comparison, Champion also counted the gender balance at other literary outlets. Among the sites he studied were The Nervous Breakdown, Bookworm and the Washington Post. We’ve collected the results in a Storify post below…

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‘Steve Jobs’ Was Amazon’s Most Popular Book

Walter Isaacson‘s biography Steve Jobs was the bestselling, most wished for and most gifted book from Amazon this holiday season. Amazon released its bestselling products of 2011 lists today and revealed that the biography was also the most gifted Kindle eBook of the season. The most “wished for” Kindle book was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

The “most loved” book of 2011 for Amazon was Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The “most loved” Kindle book was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

eBookNewser has more: “Angry Birds Rio was the bestselling app in the Amazon Appstore for Android in 2011. It was also the most wished for. The Kindle Fire was the bestselling, most wished for, most gifted and most loved product for Amazon in 2011.”

5 Literary Adaptations to Look Forward to Next Year

Hollywood has lots of new literary movies scheduled for 2012. Here are five upcoming literary movies to look forward to in the new year.

Walt Disney Animation Studios will rerelease Beauty and the Beast in 3D. The film’s story comes from Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont‘s version of the fairy tale called La Belle et la Bête. It arrives in theaters on January 13th.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the sequel to the 2007 film, once again stars Oscar winner Nicholas Cage as the Marvel Comics antihero. The movie comes out on February 17th.

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30 NaNoWriMo Writing Tips & OWS Library Eviction: Top Stories of November

In October, the sad news broke that Anne McCaffrey had died and that the Occupy Wall Street library was evicted.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1 Anne McCaffrey Has Died
2. Occupy Wall Street Library Evicted
3. Book Cover of the Future?
4. 30 Tips for National Novel Writing Month
5. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Restructure

Literary Parrots & Royal Pugs in Our Pet Parade

GalleyCat readers around the globe have joined our annual Pet Parade, sending photos of their literary pets.

Boxing Day Books editor Paula Morrow sent that picture of a literary bird: “No pet parade is complete without a parrot! Harley is a Congo African grey parrot who lives (and serves as occasional guest editor) with small press Boxing Day Books. Here’s Harley during some down time, pondering the existence of cats.”

More photos follow below–we will collect all the entries at this link.

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Former Kardashian Nanny Shopping Book

Pam Behan, a woman who worked for the Kardashian family as a nanny, is shopping a book about her experiences.

TMZ has more: “in the book, Pam makes it clear — she couldn’t stand Bruce’s sons … calling the two kids, ‘extremely spoiled and disrespectful.’ In the book, we’re told Pam also claims she almost lost her job after slapping Brandon one day.”

It seems to be high season for Kardashian books. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian have a novel out called Dollhouse, which even has a special edition cover decorated in Swarovski crystal. Kris Jenner, mother to reality stars Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian, has a new memoir out called …And All Things Kardashian from Gallery Books.

Write Like Haruki Murakami & National Book Award Samples: Top Stories of October

A controversial video of a baby trying to read a magazine like an iPad (embedded above) topped our headlines in October–raising some important questions about the future of reading.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. How a Modern Baby Thinks about Reading
2. Literary Halloween Costume Ideas
3. How to Write Like Haruki Murakami
4. National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples
5. When to Stop Working on Your Book

‘Fading Ads Of New York City’ Chronicles Ghost Signs

New York photographer Frank Jump has a new book out that chronicles “ghost signs,” the fading street ads around New York City.

In Fading Ads of New York City, Jump documents these ads and points out the fake fading signs. For example, one fading ad for Planters Nuts on a brick wall in Ridgewood, Queens may look like its from the 1930s, but it is probably not.

The Daily News has more: “First, it faces the rising sun but still seems remarkably colorful. And Mr. Peanut doesn’t look as lanky as in other early Planters ads. Conclusion: The ad probably dates back only to the 1980s, when it was created, some believe, for the movie ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’”

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