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Archives: May 2014

Is Alexandria, VA as ‘Well-Read’ as Amazon Claims?

alexandrialibraryEarlier this month, Amazon released its list of the 20 most well-read cities across America and Alexandria, VA topped the chart. David Rothman, founder of TeleRead  and Alexandria native, doesn’t think that this is a very accurate depiction of the city.

In a post on his blog, he explains that the town only has one large bookstore and its library budget is paltry. Here is an excerpt from the post:

U.S. expenditures on public library content are a miserable $4 per capita, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Alexandria spends only around $2.60. Recalculating with more detailed information, I see the number is not just “less” than the $3.25 mentioned earlier, but significantly so. And even the $2.60 will shrink slightly as a result of a fiscal year 2015 cutback from the current $389,754 to $364,226 for a city of about 150,000. The imposition of new taxes and fees makes my hometown’s miserliness toward library books even more of an embarrassment.

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Lionsgate to Launch ‘The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’

cvr_hungergames_movieHave you ever wanted to visit Panem? Lionsgate will partner with Thinkwell Group to design and launch “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition.”

According to the press release, this exhibition will feature “interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games.” Fans will be able to view it at “major museums and institutions across the country.”

A U.S. tour has been planned for the Summer of 2015. No definitive schedule has been announced, but the organizers have confirmed that the exhibition will open several months prior to release of the fourth installment of The Hunger Games film franchise, Mockingjay Part 2 which is due out on November 20, 2015. What item would you most like to see? (via NYLON)

Game of Thrones by the Numbers: VIDEO

Alltime Numbers has created a video called, Game of Thrones by the Numbers, which explores many details about the popular book and movie series.

According to the video, the series has twice as many words as The Bible and the Dothraki language has 3,163 words created for the TV show.  We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.

Dan Fagin Wins Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

danfaginDan Fagin has won the Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

The book investigates childhood cancer clusters in a New Jersey town which were the result of toxic dumping and industrial pollution. The title has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

“I’m very grateful to Helen Bernstein and her family, and to the wonderful people at the New York Public Library for this recognition,” stated Fagin. “It’s truly humbling to be in the company of so many past Bernstein winners whose work I deeply admire, and also to be mentioned in the same sentence with my fellow finalists, all of whom have done extraordinary work under the most trying possible conditions. In spotlighting the deep reporting that so many of us are still trying to do, the Bernstein family and the New York Public Library are providing a crucial boost for long form nonfiction at a time when it is increasingly difficult to undertake, yet more crucial than ever to the future of our democracy. Thank you.”

Billy Crystal’s Book Won Audiobook of the Year

billycrystalActor Billy Crystal’s audiobook: Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? won Audiobook of the Year from The Audies.

The Macmillan Audio title was presented with award at the 2014 Audies Gala in New York City last night.

“I am so proud to have been chosen as the Audiobook of the Year and to win the other two categories as well against such great audiobooks,” Crystal said at the ceremony. “I loved writing and performing this book and turning parts of it into a live comedy album like the ones that inspired me growing up. Beautifully recorded and produced by Scott Sherratt and Laura Wilson with music by Freddy Khaw. It’s great to finally get that Meryl Streep monkey off my back. Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for believing in creating a total listening experience. Oh by the way, Father’s Day is coming…”

‘The Butterfly Attack’ Graphic Novel App

butterflyattackGerman eBook company Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG has created a graphic novel in the form of an app called The Butterfly Attack. The app is part of the Netwars project, a multimedia experience that uses fictional characters to explore the threat of digital warfare. Here is more about the story:

The near future: Europe’s top military officers employ a team of elite hackers. By order of the EU, they conduct a secret cross-border cyber war exercise. But what starts out as a simulation suddenly becomes deadly serious. The story is anything but science fiction. The scenario is alarmingly real. The digital war affects every one of us, and it’s happening right now.

The app uses parallax technology, motion sensors and 3D animations to make the story interactive. For instance, the reader can get inside the machines that the main characters use. There are hidden clues throughout the story which link to external content to help inform the story. This includes articles about the real events and science that helped inspire the story.

The book is available for both iOS and Android devices. Follow this link to check out a trailer for the story.

‘The Fig Orchard’ & ‘The Butterfly Papers’: Coming Attractions

fig orchardHere 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 Fig Orchard by Layla Fiske: ”In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing delicately amidst age-old superstitions and religious orthodoxy, Nisrina Huniah, a fifteen-year-old girl, is torn between innocent imaginings and looming apprehensions as she marries a man she has never met, only to fall in love on the night they are wed. Her joy takes a heart-wrenching turn when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey where she develops friendships that ultimately alter her perception of herself and the world around her.” (July 2013)

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Chris Grimm Joins Kensington as Director of Sales

kensingtonChris Grimm has been hired as director of sales at Kensington Publishing Corp. He will report to CEO Steven Zacharius.

In Grimm’s new role, he will manage and oversee the sales department. The team works on to sell the 500 hardcover, trade paperback and mass market titles that the company publishes on a yearly basis.

Here’s more from the press release: “Chris has been at Globe Pequot since 2006, most recently as VP of Sales. In 2013 he won the B&N Rep of the Year Award for mid-sized publishers. He started at Globe Pequot as Director of Field Sales, and was promoted to Director of National Accounts, handling: BGI, Ingram, the Clubs and B&N. Prior to working at Globe he was at Simon & Schuster for several years as a Director of National Accounts.”

Bonnier Publishing Launches Children’s Imprint in U.S.

png_base644339bea98ad71d76Bonnier Publishing, a UK-based publishing house, has introduced a new imprint in the U.S. dedicated to children’s books. ”The name little bee books symbolizes the playful busyness and insatiable curiosity of children, who tirelessly buzz from one activity to the next,” explains a press release.

Little bee books, which will be based in New York. Shimul Tolia will serve as president of the operation. The imprint will publish books for readers 0-12 years old. Titles will range from board books and picture books to activity books and novelty books. The publisher will publish its first titles in spring 2015. Simon & Schuster will distribute the titles in the U.S. and Canada.

Bonnier also owned Autumn Children’s Books, a UK-based children’s book publisher.

 

Amy Poehler’s New Book Cover Revealed

2D274905957270-YesPlease.blocks_desktop_mediumDey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, has revealed the cover of Amy Poehler‘s upcoming book Yes Please.

In the book, the Parks & Recreation star will share personal advice and stories from her life. The book is slated for publication in October.

Today.com has the scoop: “True to form, Poehler’s first foray into publishing will tackle a variety of topics, from friendship and parenting to advice on love and life, all done with her inimitable wit.”

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