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Archives: June 2013

Stephen King Responds To ‘Under the Dome’ Changes

In a long and spoiler-filled letter to his fans, Stephen King explained that he “wholeheartedly” endorsed the changes made CBS’ adaptation of Under the Dome.

The new series scored a big hit for the network, earning 13.1 million viewers for the debut episode. Here’s an excerpt from the letter, an inspiring missive for any readers concerned about adaptations of their favorite books:

James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. This young man began his time with Cain by bemoaning how Hollywood had changed books such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Before he could properly get into his rant, the old man interrupted him by pointing to a shelf of books behind his desk. “The movies didn’t change them a bit, son,” he said. “They’re all right up there. Every word is the same as when I wrote them.” I feel the same way about Under the Dome. If you loved the book when you first read it, it’s still there for your perusal. But that doesn’t mean the TV series is bad, because it’s not. In fact, it’s very good.

Infinite Jest Reader Chops Out Page Numbers

As you can see by the photograph embedded above, one reader surgically removed all the page numbers while reading David Foster Wallace‘s imposing Infinite Jest.

“Today I broke through the chains of oppression. No longer will page numbers tyrannize my life. I… have taken action,” they explained. Readers had mixed reactions to this unusual way to finish a book–are you horrified or impressed? One reader wrote:

“I saw this and almost had a panic attack. Why are page numbers so bad? What did your book ever do to deserve this treatment?!”

Chelsey Flood Lands Deal for Her YA Novel Debut

Chelsey Flood has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers to publish her debut young adult novel.

The UK division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books released the hardcover edition of Infinite Sky in February 2013. The US edition is set to come out in May 2014. Atheneum executive editor Namrata Tripathi acquired this title and will edit. Here’s more from the release:

In Infinite Sky, thirteen-year-old Iris has recently been abandoned by her mother, and is left with only her father and her older brother, Sam, to call family. Two months after her mother’s departure, Iris watches a family of gypsies set up an illegal camp in the paddock by her house.  The gypsy boy, Trick, is restless and warm and full of life—he’ll settle when he’s in his grave, he tells Iris—and she feels as though she understands him completely.

Random House To Publish Novel Retellings of Shakespeare Plays

Random House’s Hogarth fiction imprint will publish prose versions of William Shakespeare‘s plays, commissioning bestselling novelists to write The Hogarth Shakespeare.

The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting  The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson retelling The Winter’s Tale. The program will open in 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the great author’s passing. Winterson had this comment in the release:

All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.

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Imgur Releases New Meme Generator

Using Imgur’s new Meme Generator, you can make viral content in a few seconds. As you can see above, we took one of our favorite Rage Against the Machine quotes and created a meme with a Matt Hurst photograph from Flickr.

AppNewser has more about how to make a meme:

With Imgur’s new Meme Generator, you can instantaneously create a meme to share on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter or your blog … Below, we’ve outlined how you can use Imgur’s Meme Generator. Be sure to browse the complete catalog of default memes. They are sorted by popularity so you can find the most viral picture for your message.

Tim Burton to Direct ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Film

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tim Burton will direct a film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will hit the silver screen in July 31, 2015. X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will write the script.

Riggs has written a sequel entitled Hollow City. Quirk Books will publish it on January 14, 2014.  Just like in the first novel, the story will include creepy old photographs curated by the author.

(via Hypable)

Adam Liptak To Publish eBook About Gay Marriage Rulings

The New York Times and Byliner will team up to publish an eBook by Adam Liptak about two landmark Supreme Court decisions that will make it easier for thousands of same-sex couples to marry around the country.

Entitled To Have and Uphold: The Supreme Court and the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage, the book goes on sale July 9th. Here’s more from the release:

Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, who has been covering the same-sex marriage debate for years, takes readers into the lawyers’ offices and courtrooms, and through the arguments and opinions, where history has been debated and shaped. It is a tale filled with emotional ups and downs as proponents of same-sex marriage in California win a right, lose a ballot proposition, and debate whether to move the issue forward to a Supreme Court fight.

Movie Rights Sold for Jessica Buchanan Book

Producers Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’s Knot) and Claudia Bluemhuber (The Host) have acquired the movie rights to Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.

Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary & Media Management negotiated the deal with Tom Greenberg and Laurie Megery of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano.

Author Anthony Flacco wrote the book about the Somalia rescue, as told by Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm. Flacco will write the script. Martin Literary & Media Management’s Sharlene Martin will produce alongside Fowler and Bluemhuber.

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Beth Lamb Named Associate Publisher at Vintage Anchor

A number of publishing organizations have announced new hires this past week.

Beth Lamb will move from Rodale to Random House’s Vintage Anchor imprint as vice president and associate publisher. She will report to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group executive vice president Anne Messitte.

Seale Ballenger will jump from Zola Books to Disney Publishing Worldwide. Ballenger will begin in his new role as publicity director on July 8, 2013.

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Young Author Goes Viral with Worm Video

A young author named Michael went viral on YouTube today, giving a heartwarming science speech about earthworms and sharing a homemade book.

Follow this link to watch the video–what do you think? The video should remind parents and caregivers everywhere: let children follow their interests, wherever they may lead.

One reader wrote: “I hope my child grows up to be that interested in nature etc. Even just a little bit. What a cool kid.” Another reader added: “He gave a 3 minute presentation with exactly one filler word. He’s going to dominate speech class in high school/college. Most adult presenters I’ve seen can’t even pull off 3 minutes without more than one filler word.”

 

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