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Archives: October 2012

Keeping Pets Safe After Hurricane Sandy

As GalleyCat readers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we wanted to post some extra information for all the galley pets in the audience. Pet owners should follow the #SandyPets hashtag on Twitter for more resources.

Alley Cat Allies posted this call for help rescuing cats in Atlantic City: “we will likely need volunteers to assist with assessment and recovery. If you live in or near Atlantic City and want to help, please let us know. We also want to hear from people in other areas of the country who were affected by the storm or who are offering assistance to those in need. Please contact us at info [at] alleycat [dot] org or 240-482-1980, ext. 330.”

The ASPCA Twitter page reminded readers: “Don’t let your pets drink from puddles, the flood waters may be toxic!” They also linked to a ASPCA page for helping pets after the hurricane. If you want to volunteer for animal rescue, you can email Gina [dot] Manke [at]aspca.org!

They have created Hurricane Sandy Lost & Found Pets page on Facebook to reunite lost pets with their owners. Below, we’ve included a Storify report from Antonia Laterza about pets during the storm.

 

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$1,300 iPad Rocking Chair Lets You Charge While Reading

Reading in a rocking chair is cozy, but it’s a drag when you have to get up to charge your iPad. Now you don’t have to worry about that. For $1,300 you can cozy up with your iPad and a good eBook and charge your phone as you rock, thanks to a new rocking chair from Swiss company, iRock.

The iPad Rocking Chair does not come with an iPad. But it does have a dock, speakers and a generator built-in so that you can have old-fashioned comfort with high tech features.

Check it out: “The iRock is a product that explores how furniture can interact with technology and actually support the power for this technology. Movement is energy and to collect as much of this energy as possible is one of our future challenges. The laws of physics dictates how movement and friction constantly creates a vast amount of energy that in most cases are lost. iRock is a attempt to collect some of this energy and put it to real use.” An hour of rocking equals about a third of an iPad charge.  (Via Time).

R.L. Stine Publishes Halloween Story on Twitter

R.L. Stine, the author of the popular Goosebumps horror series for kids and Red Rain for adults, gave his more than 61,000 Twitter followers a free Twitter story for Halloween.

For your reading pleasure, we’ve collected the entire story below. If you want more scary reading material, you can download our collection of 25 Free eBooks for Halloween.

He began the story with a note for readers: “Here is a Halloween story for kids. If you read it aloud, the last line should be SHOUTED…”

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Bookstores Report Back After Superstorm Sandy

Shelf Awareness published a long list dispatches from East Coast bookstores today, recounting how many local bookstores survived Superstorm Sandy.

The list included dispatches from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Delaware. Yesterday, we wrote about “major damage” at Powerhouse Arena, one of the Brooklyn bookstores in the storm’s path. Here’s an excerpt:

In Manhattan, McNally Jackson Booksellers offered reassuring words on Twitter: “We’re okay! No power, but also no water. We’ll be slinging books again in no time.” Housing Works Books was still assessing the situation, tweeting: “CLOSED today; our Internetz will be pretty quiet. No word yet on how the store fared–if you’re nearby, SAFELY take a peek & let me know?” A later update offered good news: “Just got word that the bookstore is power-less but no damage! We’ll be closed tomorrow, but that’s great news. Thanks everyone, stay safe.” The Strand Bookstore said that “as of right now, the store remains closed. Hopefully we’ll be back up and running (with power) soon!”

Political Cartoonist Launches Kickstarter Project

Political cartoonist and writer Matt Bors hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for his anthology, Life Begins at Incorporation: Cartoons and Essays by Matt Bors.

Bors, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has created a 225 page-book with cartoons and human essays that profile all the crazy things about America from the year 2012.  We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “I’ve been drawing political cartoons every week since we stupidly invaded Iraq in 2003. Since then, my work has appeared in papers all across the country and been shared all over the web. I even picked up some prizes this year, like the Herblock. But I’ve never done a collection of my work … Editorial cartoonists are going through tough times with the collapse of old media and paying outlets – yet more people read them than ever before because of the web. I know people still value political satire and that’s what I want to prove with this book.”

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Novelist Nicholas Sparks Gets Into TV

Bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks is developing projects for television, including a show based on his novel, A Bend in the Road.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story: “Sparks, 46, has put shows into development at three cable networks through Nicholas Sparks Productions, the shingle he started in April with his longtime literary agent Theresa Park. (UTA’s Elise Henderson joined in July as head of TV.)” Read more

Paul Cleave: ‘Read the best. And try other things.’

Have you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. Recently, we spoke with author Paul Cleave.

Cleave (pictured) established his authorial career with six international bestselling thrillers. His latest book, The Cleaner, will be released in December 2012. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: It was actually pretty complicated. Back in 1999/2000 I was using a really well known manuscript assessor in NZ who would work on novels and then submit them on your behalf. I had no luck. Then a couple of years later I had a contract with a smaller publisher, which turned out to be a nightmare as they decided not to publish, and at the same time they decided they wouldn’t give the rights back. Then, in 2004, we all learned the manuscript assessor I had first used had, in fact, not been submitted these manuscripts at all, and for years had just be taking everybody’s money. It was pretty awful. Suddenly a bunch of us realized the bigger publishing houses had never seen our books – so I submitted it once again to Random House. In 2005 they signed it up, I got a lawyer to get my rights back from the previous publisher which was pretty simple in the end, and the rest is history.

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Disney To Acquire Lucasfilm & Promises Star Wars Episode 7

Disney will acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, promising to bring Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015 (“with more feature films expected”) as it takes control of the science fiction franchise.

Disney paid $4 billion for Marvel Comics in 2009.  Lucasfilm co-chair Kathleen Kennedy will be the new president of Lucasfilm, working with Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

UPDATE: Lucas released a video interview revealing more about the future of the venture. The video has earned more than 489,000 page views since the announcement. While it has nearly 4,000 likes, it also has more than 1,200 dislikes on YouTube.

We’ve embedded the complete interview above, but here’s an excerpt: “I always said I was going to do anymore. That’s true. I’m not going to do anymore. But that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to Kathy to do more. I have story treatments of 7, 8 and 9 and a bunch of other movies. Obviously, we have hundreds of books and comics and everything you can imagine. I sort of moved that treasure trove of stories and various things to Kathy and I have complete confidence that she’s going to take them and make great movies.”

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Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, Cambridge University Press, Zagat

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a senior manager of premium sales, and Cambridge University Press needs a director. Zagat is seeking temporary editors, and American Express Publishing is on the hunt for a production coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Goodreads Choice Awards Open For Voting

Goodreads has opened up voting for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, a contest in which readers can decide on the best books of the year. Books up for nomination include titles from Junot Díaz, Barbara Kingsolver, Damien Echols, Cheryl Strayed, Baratunde Thurston and many more.

The site, which now counts 12 million members, has nominated 15 books in each category and users are invited to vote on their favorites. The nominees are based on the number of ratings and average ratings on the site. Here is more from the Goodreads blog: “We analyzed statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominated books based on the number of ratings and average rating. A nomination is truly an honor because it comes straight from the readers!”

This opening round of voting lasts through November 12th. Readers will have two more chances to vote after this round.

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