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Archives: March 2013

‘Game of Thrones: The Exhibition’ Opens in New York City

Westeros is coming to you! “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition” opens today in New York City. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek of this special exhibit.

New Yorkers have until April 3rd to drop by and check out this traveling exhibit. After this, it will go on to make stops in Sao Paolo, Amsterdam and Belfast. The Gothamist reported that visitors will encounter “Daenerys Targaryen‘s dragon eggs, the Stark family’s Winterfell costumes, and assorted weapons.”

Here’s more about the exhibit: “Presented by HBO and international partners, the exhibition is free to the public and focuses on key characters from five of the noble houses: Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy. It will showcase a trove of more than 70 original artifacts from Seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year’s new season.”

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Pop-Up Book Fair Reopens in Chicago

Curbside Splendor Publishing and The Chicago Writer’s House have teamed up for a second round of pop-up book fairs this year.

On April 14th, 40 different literary outlets will be selling books in a festive community event. As bookstore struggle to compete in this digital world, pop-up fairs can help authors, publishers and booksellers find new readers. Check it out:

40 of the finest independent publishers, presses, & booksellers from Chicago and elsewhere will be on hand from 1:30 pm until 6:30 pm at Chicago’s finest venue for underground music The Empty Bottle hocking their goods. Quimby’s Bookstore will also stock a table with a selection of books-n-zines penned by Chicagoans. The bar will be open so grab a cocktail and listen to live music all afternoon as you ogle some books and satiate your bibliophiliac needs!

The Walking Dead Season Finale Through Comic Books

The third season of The Walking Dead comic book adaptation will end this Sunday (March 31), undoubtedly one of the biggest nights for television drama this year.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the six graphic novels containing the epic arc of the current story on the cable television show with some eye-popping ratings.

While the television show has already diverged from the comic book series, the graphic novels contain lots of spoilers for fans of the show.

 

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Should LeVar Burton Host Jeopardy?

 

Reading Rainbow host, actor and book app creator LeVar Burton recently tweeted that hosting the quiz show Jeopardy would be “my dream job.” His tweet inspired an online petition that is already nearing 1,000 signatures.

This GalleyCat editor agrees that Burton would make a “intelligent and kind host” for the show (he already starred as a celebrity contestant).

What do you think? Sign the petition at this link.

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Chronicle Books Named Best Children’s Publisher of the Year

Chronicle Books has received the Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in the North American category.

Bologna Fiere and the Italian Publishers Association (AIE)  picked the publisher. This is the first time the book fair has awarded the prize.  Here’s more about the award:

Chronicle Books, who is serendipitously celebrating their own anniversary of 25 years of children’s publishing during 2013, is proud to be the recipient of the BOP Award for the North American category. The award, given in six geographic areas, highlights the editorial projects, professional skills and intellectual qualities of work produced by publishing houses all over the world and is designed to foster reciprocal knowledge and mutual exchange of ideas among different countries, diverse areas and cultural identities across the globe.

 

Free eBooks by Virginia Woolf

The great author Virginia Woolf drowned 72 years ago today. To remember her literary legacy, we’ve rounded up four free Woolf books for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader–follow the links below to download. You can find the rest of her books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has collected condolence letters from other authors and linked to Patti Smith‘s tribute to Woolf. Here’s an excerpt from the letters post:

On March 28, 1941, at the gruesome onset of WWII, Virginia Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with rocks, treaded into the River Ouse behind the house in East Sussex where she lived with her husband Leonard, and drowned herself. She had succumbed to a relapse of the all-consuming depression she had narrowly escaped in her youth. Once news of her death broke, an outpour of condolence letters captured the enormous collective grief, mourning at once the deeply personal emptiness left behind by a remarkable woman and a loyal friend, and the severe cultural loss of a brilliant mind and a transcendent artist.

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Bestselling Kid’s Books by Self-Published Authors in March

Looking for independently published children’s books? Every month, we sample books from this growing corner of the publishing industry.

Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists for other kinds of indie writers–we’ve highlighted three top children’s books from three different marketplaces.

If you are an author, check out our new online course–finish your book with the help of bestselling independent authors.

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Penguin Young Readers Group to Publish Book by Esther Grace Earl

Penguin Young Readers Group will publish a memoir entitled This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl. The book will posthumously publish journal entries, fiction pieces, personal letters and sketches written by a fan of young-adult author John Green.

Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars  to her and will write an introduction to Earl’s book. Her family and friends will also contribute photos and essays. In a blog post, Green shared her story:

I am so glad that I knew Esther, and that she was a nerdfighter, and that through Esther’s family and This Star Won’t Go Out we can still decrease suck with her. But I am also really pissed off that she died … Esther inspired the story in the sense that I was very angry after her death and wrote constantly, with a focus and passion I hadn’t known since I was rewriting Looking for Alaska in 2003. And Esther helped me to imagine teenagers as more empathetic than I’d given them credit for. And her charm and snark inspired the novel, as did her idea of incorporating an author she liked into her Wish.

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Library Marriage Proposal

A Chicago Public Library patron wrote a book about his relationship and proposed in the library last weekend. As you can see by lovely photograph embedded above, she said yes.

Where in the library would you get engaged? Here’s more about the library marriage proposal, the most romantic use of the stacks we’ve ever seen.

Jason and Molly both love books and libraries. So Jason decided the library was the perfect place to pop the question… after he wrote a story about how they met, had it illustrated and bound into a book, and then placed on the shelves in the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. He and Molly “found” the book on Saturday and we are happy to report she said YES! Congratulations to you both – we wish you a long, happy, and book-filled life together!

Photo courtesy of Aparna Paul Jain Photography

Fans Help Carly Rae Jepsen Write a Song

Ever wish you could collaborate with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen? PSFK reports that Coca-Cola and American Idol have partnered up to sponsor a crowdsourcing venture called ”Project Harmony.”

For eight weeks, Jepsen’s fans are invited to help compose the lyrics for a new song. The video embedded above features Jepsen introducing the project and talking about the first fan poll: “Which lyrics should Carly use in the first stanza of the first verse for her new hit song, ‘Take A Picture?’”

Once completed, Jepsen will perform the finished piece on American Idol‘s season 12 finale which airs the week of May 12th. Currently, participants are tasked with answering the next poll: “What should the theme of Carly’s Perfect Harmony Finale Performance be?” (via Beta Beat)

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