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Archives: May 2013

New Bridget Jones Title Revealed

Helen Fielding has revealed more details about her next Bridget Jones book, called Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.

Alfred A. Knopf will publish the book on October 15, Fielding’s first Jones book since 1999. The first two novels have sold over 15 million copies. Here’s more from the release:

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy represents a totally new phase in Bridget’s life, as Fielding has indicated when she said “Bridget’s life has moved on.” But, the question is, just how much? Here is what we can share: the novel is set in present-day London; Bridget is older; she is still keeping a diary, but she is also immersed in texting and experimenting with social media, with an accent on “social.”

Rick Springfield To Publish His First Novel

Rock star Rick Springfield has sold his debut novel to Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint.

The publisher will release Magnificent Vibration in May 2014, a novel about a man who gets “a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book.”

Publisher Stacy Creamer will edit the manuscript. She negotiated the terms of the deal with Foundry Literary + Media agent David Patterson. Patterson worked on behalf of Dana Borowitz and the United Talent Agency.

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Penguin Book Truck To Travel Country

Penguin will introduce its new Book Truck and the Book Pushcart at BookExpo America this week, crossing a mobile library with a food truck.

The 27-foot-long Book Truck contains two bookshelves with 96 feet of shelf space, LED lighting, awnings and café tables and chairs. The Book Pushcart was “inspired by the design of the classic New York City hotdog cart.”  The mobile booksellers will travel the country, you can track them at the Penguin Book Truck site. Here’s more from the release:

The Penguin Book Pushcart will be at the Delecorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park for performances at the 2013 season of Shakespeare in the Park.  The Penguin Book Truck and Pushcart will also visit the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, “Tom Sawyer Day” at the Mark Twain house in Hartford, CT and numerous other bookstores, festivals, library events and author signings throughout the year.  In October, in conjunction with the National Steinbeck Center’s kickoff of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath, (published by Penguin) the Penguin Book Truck will travel West on Route 66 from Oklahoma to California, following the route of the fictional Joad Family and stopping at numerous museums, universities and historical sites along the way.

GalleyCat Counts 200,000 Twitter Followers

Over the holiday weekend, GalleyCat reached 200,000 followers on Twitter. We’d like to thank all our Twitter readers for your support these last few years–you’ve really helped our site grow.

You can also subscribe to our free email newsletter to get all our publishing news in one place. If you need some Twitter support, check out these posts:

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Turn Your Favorite Kid’s Book into an Audiobook

If you want to make a personalized audiobook for the kid in your life, StorySticker can help you with the transition.

Created by stkr.it, the tool will be unveiled at BEA next week. AppNewser has all the details:

StorySticker lets you do create audio recordings of yourself reading their favorite book so that they can listen to your voice at bedtime. The StorySticker audio book works through the combination of an app and a unique coded sticker that attaches to the inside of any children’s book. You can buy the stickers at a book retailer and paste it into your child’s book. Then you can download the free app and follow the prompts to record your reading. The recording is linked with the sticker and your child can hear your recording by scanning the StorySticker code or by selecting the book within the app.

The Kashmir Shawl & Head Over Heels: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details.

The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas: “Mair Ellis clears out her dead father’s house and finds an exquisite shawl–a kaleidoscope of silvery blues and greens. Wrapped in the folds of this delicate object is a lock of a child’s curly hair. With nothing else to go on, Mair decides to trace her roots back to Kashmir…” (January 2013)

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Discover a Literary Cocktail This Summer

Pop Chart Lab has created The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature, collecting the most literary cocktails for your summer mixology. Check it out:

A catalog of 49 drinks culled from great works of film and literature, depicting everything from Philip Marlowe’s Gin Gimlet to Fredo Corleone’s Banana Daiquiri to the simple yet effective Buttermaker Boilermaker … Each print is signed by the artists and numbered from a first printing of 500, and comes packaged in a custom Pop Chart Lab Test Tube … Using 100 lb. archival recycled stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Flatlands, Brooklyn.

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Rick Atkinson To Write American Revolution Trilogy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will publish a narrative history trilogy about the American Revolution with Henry Holt and Company.

The former Washington Post staff writer won the Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, part of his bestselling trilogy about World War II–a 15 year writing effort. 

 The American Revolution trilogy will begin with 1775 and 1776; volume two will cover 1777 to 1779 and volume three will cover 1780 to 1781. Macmillan editor at large John Sterling acquired and will edit the books. He has edited all of Atkinson’s books.

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Watch Black Books for Free Online

Looking for some literary Memorial Day viewing? Try Black Books, a classic British sitcom about a dysfunctional bookstore.

You can watch it for free on Hulu or Netflix streaming. We’ve embedded the trailer below–any fans in the audience? BBC America has more about the show:

In this TV show, Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) owns a bookstore, but he’s more keen on hanging out with his friends than helping customers, resigning to using a bullhorn to announce to shoppers that the store is closed. His gal pal Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig) has a shop next door, making it even more tempting to close up early. His handy dandy assistant (Bill Bailey) isn’t much help either.

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Once Sold Tales Offers Book Grab Bags

Seattle’s Once Sold Tales is currently offering $10, $12, $18 and $20 book grab bags for readers.

As we wrote earlier this week, the owner is struggling to find homes for 500,000 books before her warehouse closes at the end of the month.  If you live near Seattle, follow this Google maps link to visit the warehouses yourself. Explore all the grab bag options at this link:

Paypal is the way to pay. All payments to be made to sales@oncesoldtales.com. Subject should be your products and the optional message is not optional. Make certain to share your category selections, but note: while Once Sold Tales will try their hardest to get you what you want, only Category 0 can be guaranteed. We will send it off to you immediately and email you as soon as it’s on its way! And, Voila’! It’s like Christmas! — feeling excited at Once Sold Tales Bookstore Outlet.

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