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Archives: December 2013

Neil Gaiman on the Cartoon Arthur

Author Neil Gaiman has appeared on the Canadian/American cartoon Arthur. In the episode he gives a young writer advice on writing her graphic novel. We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

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J.A. Konrath Joins the Self-Published Bestsellers List This Week

cherrybombCherry Bomb: A Thriller by J.A. Konrath has joined the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week at No. 3.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

‘The Goldfinch’ is Inspiring Visits to The Frick Museum

thegoldfinchDonna Tartt‘s best-selling novel, The Goldfinch was named after the 17th century Carel Fabritius painting of the same name, and is helping to stir a renewed interest in the artwork.

The Frick Collection in New York is seeing record visitors thanks to the book. “I think the bird has now blown up in people’s minds because of the book,” Margaret Iacono, assistant curator of the Frick, told CBS News.

The painting was acquired by The Frick in 1896. Here is more about the painting from the museum’s website:

Fabritius uses a minimum of quick strokes to portray the house pet’s downy body. Such expert manipulation of paint to suggest form and texture may have been assimilated from Rembrandt, with whom he studied. Whatever the panel’s initial purpose — possibly a component of a birdcage or a cover for an encased painting — the little bird chained to his feed box is a masterpiece of trompe l’oeil illusionism. Vermeer — like Fabritius, a resident of Delft — was highly influenced by the artist’s pristine lighting and composed tranquility.

Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins Publishers, Oxford University Press, Storey Publishing

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a senior designer, as well as a publicist. Meanwhile, Oxford University Press is seeking a demand planner, and Storey Publishing is on the hunt for a senior editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Author’s Guild Appeals Google Books Copyright Decision

authors_guildThe Author’s Guild is appealing the decision that allows Google to scan the books of copyrighted materials without getting permission from the copyright holders under the terms of fair use.

The organization told Publisher’s Weekly:

Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken told PW that Chin’s decision represented “a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court.” Aiken claims that Google’s unauthorized mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense.”

In November, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled in favor of Google after an eight year court battle. According to the decision, Google’s massive book scanning project, in which the online giant scanned millions of books and made them available through search without obtaining the permission of the copyright holders, is legal.

Journalist Ann Morgan Read a Book From Every Country

annmorganBritish journalist Ann Morgan has accomplished a big goal as a reader, she read a book from every country around the world. That is 196 books from authors from Swaziland to Nicaragua.

She came to the decision after she realized that most of the books on her bookshelves were written by British and American authors. To help find titles from various places around the globe, she set up a blog called A Year of Reading the World and got many suggestions about good reads from readers and writers around the worlds.

Here is more about the project from the blog:

It wasn’t easy — according to the Society of Authors, only 3 per cent of the books published in the UK each year are translations. There are plenty of languages that have next to nothing translated into English. Then there are all the tiny tucked away places like Nauru and Tuvalu (I know, I hadn’t either), where not much is written down at all.

You can check out her reading list here. (Via The Christian Science Monitor).

Denzel Washington & Bryan Cranston Rumored to Join the Cast of ‘Batman vs. Superman’

423169_422604344480259_820537953_nRumor has it that Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will play the Green Lantern in the forthcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. Earlier this month, Nuke the Fridge reported another theory that named Washington (pictured, via) as the actor who will portray Lex Luthor.

Washington is not the only actor whose name has been linked to Superman’s evil adversary. According to ScreenRant, comic book fans speculated that Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston would take on the role. Below, we’ve embedded a fan-made trailer that features Cranston as Lex Luthor.

Which actor would you pick to play the infamous supervillain? As of this time, the list of confirmed cast members include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The film will be released on July 17, 2015.
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2013 TED Presentations from Writers

ted logoDo you need a boost of inspiration for 2014? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year.

Our list includes That Summer in Paris author Abha DawesarDavid & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell, Blooming Twig Books editor-in-chief Kent GustavsonVideo Night in Kathmandu novelist Pico Iyer, and Macmillan CEO John Sargent.

For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist for “word nerds” called “Words, words, words.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
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The Poetry Project & Matt de la Peña Get Booked

mjstoreHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The 40th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading Benefit will take place at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and feature 140 performers! Join in on Wednesday, January 1st starting 2 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Doctors Prescribe Books to Treat Depression

books304Doctors in Britain are experimenting with a new form of therapy to fight depression that involves reading books. It’s called bibliotherapy and the goal is to help people overcome their disorders by prescribing self-help books including: Overcoming Depression, Mind Over Mood, or The Feeling Good Handbook.

According to a report in The Boston Globe, this new form of therapy goes beyond doctor’s offices. In fact, some booksellers and curating reading lists for people to help them cure their depression. Check it out:

In London, a painter, a poet, and a former bookstore manager have teamed up to offer over-the-counter “bibliotherapy consultations”: after being quizzed about their literary tastes and personal problems, the worried well-heeled pay 80 pounds for a customized reading list. At the Reading Agency, a charity that developed and administers Books on Prescription, a second program called Mood-Boosting Books recommends fiction and poetry. The NHS’s public health and mental health budgets also fund nonprofits such as The Reader Organization, which gathers people who are unemployed, imprisoned, old, or just lonely to read poems and fiction aloud to one another.

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