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UTA to Represent Film & TV Rights to Wattpad Sensation ‘After’

wattpadmobile304Digital writing community Wattpad has partnered with UTA to represent the film and TV rights to After, a story by by Wattpad writer Anna Todd.

The three-part story has garnered more than 500 million reads and regularly trends on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Here is more about the project from the press release: “Written serially with daily updates to meet reader demand, After became Wattpad’s most shared story of 2013.  Readers have also created thousands of pieces of fan art including images, videos, and music to extend their After experience, helping fuel the viral success of After around the world.”

“After has millions of fans around the world who want to see the story on the big screen,” stated Candice Faktor, General Manager of Wattpad. “Reader demand for After creates a massive built-in audience as the story migrates to film, television and elsewhere.  We’re excited to work with UTA to bring After to life on the big screen.”

 

’90s Book Titles’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

buzzfeedOn April 11th, BuzzFeed launched the hashtag “#90sBookTitles” with the tweet: “The Little Prince of Bel-Air.” Twitter users responded with tweets that paid homage to everything from popular boy bands to trendy movies of the time such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

BuzzFeed collected 21 hilarious examples and created jacket art inspired by those tweets. We’ve embedded five funny tweets below. Do you have any favorites?

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Bluewater Productions Founder on Celebrity Biography Comics

hillaryclintonBluewater Productions, the publisher behind dozens of comic book biographies of famous people, got into celebrity biographies back in 2008 as an attempt to do something new with comics.

After seeing a comic of Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 elections, the founders of the company decided to do Hillary Clinton.

“So I thought, let’s do this, but let’s do it differently,” Darren Davis, founder of Bluewater Comics explained in an interview with Oregon Live. “Let’s not do it like everyone else, with a boring biography. We did it with a female empowerment angle. We released Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin at the same time, and whether you like Sarah Palin or hate Hillary Clinton, you have to respect both of them for where they came from and who they are.”

 

J.K. Rowling Adds New Content to Pottermore Site

pottermore.comPottermore.com, the digital platform dedicated to Harry Potter, has a new series of ‘live’ reports from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. J.K. Rowling penned the news reports from the fictional sporting event, which is set in the Patagonian desert.

The reports have been published as headlines from the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch Correspondentin the Patagonian desert, a fictional character named Ginny Potter.  Rowling quotes Rolf Scamander, the magical creatures expert, in the piece.

Here is more from the press release: “The posts begin with a report on the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. With characteristic humour, Rowling describes how the international teams’ mascots, magical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, took part in the ceremony and caused havoc for their handlers. We find out why more than 300 crowd members are suffering from shock, broken bones and bites following the ceremony, and why failure to bring their usual mascots, a troupe of performing trolls, caused a great deal of trouble for the Norwegian delegation.  A ‘live’ match report details the thrilling action between Norway and Ivory Coast in the first match of the tournament.”

Tourniquet-Free Knee Surgery Possible With Aquamantys Technology, Says Dr. Kris Lewonowski

With more than 30 years of orthopedic surgical experience, Dr. Kris Lewonowski has observed numerous new innovations in surgical techniques, but few have excited him as much as Aquamantys technology. This system revolutionizes surgeries such as total knee replacements. Read more

Disney to Publish Four New Star Wars Books

Disney Publishing Worldwide has four new books coming out based on the original Star Wars film trilogy to support the upcoming movie release of Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.

The new series will kick off with The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight written by Tony DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie. This title is slated for publication in October.

This book will be followed up with Star Wars: A New Hope by R.J. Palacio, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Adam Gidwitz and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger, all of which Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig will illustrate. The collection will be published in the United States under Disney-Lucasfilm Press, an imprint of the Disney Book Group.

Dominique Ansel Celebrates Cookbook With Cronut Giveaways

dominique-ansel-9781476764191_lgWho doesn’t love free treats?

Famed pastry chef Dominique Ansel is celebrating his forthcoming book, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes, by giving away free cronuts and cookie shots in New York City. Simon & Schuster has scheduled an official release date for the book on October 28, 2014.

According to Time Out New York, the giveaways will end at 5:30 p.m. today. Ansel has been revealing the locations of these giveaways via instagram and Twitter. So far, he and his team has been sighted at Washington Square Park, Union Square, Chinatown, and the Flatiron district.

Samsung & Amazon Team on New eBook Club

samsungkindleSamsung has partnered with Amazon on a new Kindle app for its line of Galaxy devices. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Samsung, allows users to purchase and read eBooks and periodicals from Amazon.

In addition, the two companies have launched a free book service called Samsung Book Deals, which is only accessible through the app.

Samsung customers that download the app can choose one free eBook a month from Amazon for a year with their Samsung account.

Photo Book Recreates Classic Meals From Literature

ficticiousdishesHave you ever found yourself salivating while reading about meals in a book? Graphic designer Dinah Fried will take your hunger to the next level.

She has created a photo book of meals featured in classic literature called Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals which just came out on Harper Collins. The book includes fifty photos of meals photographs from books ranging from The Secret Garden to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Check it out:

Showcasing famous meals including the madcap tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, this unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation. Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.

Jot Down Writing Ideas With Six Word’s New iPhone App

allsixwordsYou are walking down the street and have a great idea, but as soon as you get back to your computer it’s gone. All writers have experienced it.

Larry Smith, the founder of the storytelling community SMITH Magazine, home of Six-Word Memoirs, has created  an iPhone app to help solve this challenge. Six Words is designed to help you quickly write down ideas in six words. Users can write six words on any topic and include a photo to help keep track of their ideas on-the-go.

There is a social component as well, for users that want to engage their ideas with the community. Writers can share their six words to get comments from the group and comment on others’ ideas. There is even “The Daily Six” and “Editor’s Note,” both of which highlight popular ideas.

 

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