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Archives: February 2014

First Grader Collects Books For Homeless Kids

books304NYC first-grader Blake Ansari has set out on an impressive mission — to get books into the hands of homeless children.

The Metropolitan Montessori School student first learned about underprivileged children from his father Nuri Ansari, who works on programs that support homeless and the formerly incarcerated. After learning that not every kid in New York is as lucky as he is, he began to collect books to bring to homeless children.

The Atlantic has the story:

Some came from his classmates. About 200 were donated by family friend Bob Gore. And even more were collected by the office of city councilmember Helen Rosenthal from neighbors of Blake’s school on the Upper West Side, including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Altogether, the drive netted some 600 books, which will be given out to children who go through the intake process at PATH and be theirs to keep. Blake and his family took the books to PATH in time for Valentine’s Day. He was happy, but he still wants to do more, maybe to build a real library. His mother says he put it this way: “When you listen to the community, learn from the community, and help the community, you connect to your best self.”

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‘Dancing With Cats’ Book Trailer

Chronicle Books is releasing a  15th anniversary edition of Dancing With Cats.

The book, which was originally published in 1999, is dedicated to photos of humans dancing with cats. The book sold more than 100,000 copies, in an era when Internet was less widely adopted and before Keyboard Cat hit the scene.

To celebrate the anniversary of the book and the latest edition, the publisher has created a playful book trailer. We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

Slice Bookshelf is Shutting Down

rsz_screen_shot_2013-06-06_at_102731_amBookshelf, a social discovery engine from Slice.com that helps readers find books based on friends’ recommendations, is shutting down.

The discovery tool allowed users to create lists of recommended reads and share these lists with friends. The company explained the reason to GalleyCat via email. “We’re focusing on improving our core product, Slice, developing new features and experiences, and expanding existing ones like Recall Alerts, Price Drop Alerts and package tracking.”

Bookshelf users will be getting an email about the closure along with instructions on how to transfer their account to Goodreads. Users can download their reading data through April 30.

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes: INFOGRAPHIC

10commonblogGrammar Check has created a useful infographic called, “10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes,” which explores common grammatical errors found in blog posts.

The image is a helpful resource for all writers that blog. The tool highlights common spelling errors, the misuse of commas, as well as the difference between speech and writing.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

The 2014 Winter Tour Story Crush Authors Talk Self-Editing & Future Projects

storycrushHow often can you meet five young adult authors at the same event?

The 2014 Winter Story Crush Tour features Robyn Schneider, Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, Courtney C. Stevens, and Lauren Oliver. Follow this link to check out their tour dates.

We caught up with all five writers for advice on writing, getting published, and more. Highlights from the interview follows below.

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Ownshelf, eBook Sharing App, is on Kickstarter

ownshelfDeveloper Rick Marazzani hopes to raise $7,500 on Kickstarter to fund further development of an app that allows users to share their eBooks.

The app is called Ownshelf. Aiming to be “Goodreads meets Dropbox,” the app lets users search for book recommendations among their friends and then borrow those titles from their friends and vice versa.

Users can upload DRM-free eBooks to their account to create a virtual bookshelf that can be shared with friends. Friends can browse each other’s shelves and vice versa to look for books and then download their friend’s copy. We only recommend using this for public domain books and books in which the authors encourage sharing.

The app has been around in beta since last year, but the company is seeking new funding to help take things to the next level. Here is more from their Kickstarter page: “Our team spent the past year building the infrastructure and Beta website for Ownshelf. Over 20,000 people have signed up so far, helping us test the service, and offering valuable feedback.  Now we are on Kickstarter to build a mobile/tablet app so it is even easier for your friends and family to share eBooks across devices.”

Leo B. Kennedy, Cate Lineberry, & Harriet Schultz: Coming Attractions

rescueHere 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.

Devin and the Greedy Ferret by Leo B. Kennedy: “Devin and his friends think it will be cool to kidnap the school mascot, but when they try to hide from the police, a run-in with Frederick Ferret causes new problems. Frederick wants to impose an extreme punishment, and only Devin has a chance to save his friends from it. But does Devin have what it takes to drive a top performance car on the world’s scariest and most dangerous racetrack and help Frederick win the race?” (February 2013)

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World Book Night to Distribute a Special Edition of ‘Twelve Years a Slave’

wbnWorld Book Night (WBN) is partnering with Dover Books to publish a special WBN edition of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup.

This memoir will be distributed to participating bookstores and libraries on April 23, 2014. The critically-acclaimed film adaptation based on this book has received nine Academy Award nominations.

Executive director Carl Lennertz had this statement in the press release: “With the attention brought to this important book by the award-winning movie, we felt that we should make it available as part of World Book Night’s mission. One third of our half million free books each year go into underfunded rural and urban high schools, and when Dover Publications offered to work with us on this, we jumped at the chance.”

Marvel Studios Special to Feature Sneak Peek at ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

marvelABC will air a one-hour special called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe on March 18, 2014.

This special will feature a behind-the-scenes look at this film company and some of its most highly anticipated projects.

According to Entertainment Weekly, viewers will get a sneak peek at Captain America: The Winter Solider (April 2014), Guardians of The Galaxy (August 2014), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015), and future episodes of the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

Author is Live Tweeting Her Father’s Last Days

lauriekilmartinAuthor Laurie Kilmartin, the force behind Sh*tty Mom, is live tweeting her father’s last days from the hospital.

Her father has lung cancer and is not expected to make it. Kilmartin’s tweets are both sad and funny, illustrating the experience of dealing with the death of a loved.

We’ve embedded a few of her tweets below. Read more

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