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Archives: October 2013

Chris Hadfield Gets a Book Trailer

Canadian astronaut and author Chris Hadfield released a book trailer for his upcoming memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

The video has already earned well over 300,000 views since it was released yesterday–what do you think?

Hadfield wrote about the video on Reddit: “A little over a month ago I challenged my son to make a video for my book launch that wasn’t just some over-the-top ad. Here’s what he came up with.” We’ve included the complete crew list for the book trailer below…

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Willie Nelson Inks Book Deal

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Willie Nelson has landed a book deal to tell the “unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story” of his life.

Nelson has published a number of books over the course of his prolific career, but the publisher promised “none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.”

Little, Brown and Company will publish the book in the summer of 2015. David Vigliano of Vigliano Associates negotiated the deal with executive editor John Parsley.

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Tough Report on Job Placement & Salary Information for Librarians

library304The Library Journal has released a report about placements and salaries for library and information science graduates in 2013.

The report highlights two major problems facing librarians around the country: it is difficult to find a job and the salaries can barely pay for the cost of a librarian’s education.

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Random House Acquires Figment

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Random House Children’s Books has acquired Figment, an social network for teen readers and writers with more 300,000 members.

The site was founded by former CEO Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear. Lewis now serves as the publishing director of Crown/Broadway/Hogarth at Random House. Here’s more from the release:

The Figment community has become an online hub for teens passionate about creating, discovering, and sharing stories, with the majority of users between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Among the site’s many features are book recommendations and spotlights from across publishers and over 20,000 different discussion groups and forums. The users of Figment have produced nearly three-quarters of a million stories, a library that is added to every day, and have shown incredible enthusiasm for connection and interaction with a range of books and authors.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Released

The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released, combining cast members from different films about the comic book heroes.

We’ve embedded the trailer above. The movie comes out May 23rd, 2014. Will you be there? Check it out:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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Downtown Boston to Become the First Literary Cultural District in the U.S.

27888_10151611296351031_1933499669_nThe downtown Boston area will become the first literary cultural district within the United States. The coordinators behind this initiative will work on boosting tourism, taking part in literary events, and offering for families within the neighborhood.

The initiative came into fruition after a team of book-related organizations won the Adams Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This group includes the Grub Street nonprofit, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, the City of Boston, the Drum and the Boston Book Festival.

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3 Tips for Creative Graphic Novels Aimed at Young Readers

1375892_10152036421120579_1041237056_nAt New York Comic Con, a group of comics creators shared advice during the “Creating Graphic Novels for Kids” panel.

The panelists included Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Dave Roman, James L. Barry, Jimmy Gownley, Paul Pope, and Chris Duffy.

Below, we’ve rounded up three handy tips from the discussion…

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15-Year-Old Lands Film Deal for Memoir

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15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen landed a book deal and a movie deal in the same year.

Back in June, the young author inked a book deal for a YA memoir called Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. 

The book will chronicle the teenager’s efforts to follow a 1950s self-help book called Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide, “applying the quaint-yet-timeless instructions to her contemporary life and exploring what it truly means to be popular.”

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Ernest Hemingway’s Advice To a Young Writer: ‘You have to catch hell’

hemingwayIn October 1925, a young writer named Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter to a younger Canadian author named Morley Callaghan.

Callaghan was frustrated with his writing life and wrote to his friend: “Have a lot of time and could go a good deal of writing if I knew how I stood.”

Hemingway’s response is included in volume two of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, out this month. We’ve quoted his response below, great advice for writers of any age…

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Jamie Dornan & Luke Grimes Join the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Cast

fifty-shades-3001-225x300 (2)Two actors have joined the Fifty Shades of Grey movie cast. Jamie Dornan, best known for playing the Huntsman on the Once Upon a Time series, will replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.

Hunnam announced that he had dropped out of this project two weeks prior. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dornan had to read for the role in front of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James.

The Huffington Post reports that Luke Grimes has signed on to play Christian’s brother, Elliot Grey. In the recent past, Grimes has been seen on the True Blood and Brothers & Sisters T.V. shows.

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