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Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer Sign On as Indies First Spokespeople

Neil Gaiman & Amanda PalmerThe American Booksellers Association has recruited Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and his rockstar wife Amanda Palmer (both pictured, via) to serve as spokespeople for this year’s Indies First campaign.

Gaiman and Palmer penned an open letter calling for fellow writers to participate. Those who answer the call will be serving as volunteer sellers at their favorite independent bookstores on Saturday, November 29th (aka “Small Business Saturday“).

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie conceived of the idea and helped to launch this initiative last year. More than 1,100 authors participated in the 2013 event including Kelly Barson, Cheryl Strayed, and Jon Scieszka.

VIDEO: ‘Thug Kitchen’ Cookbook Trailer Features NSFW Language

A hilarious trailer has been released for The Thug Kitchen Cookbook. The video embedded above features a constant flow of profanity and NSFW language—what do you think?

The finished book contains 50 color photos and 100 recipes. Rodale Books plans to release it on October 07, 2014.

Stan Lee Stars in a Banned Books Week Video

How does Stan Lee feel about censorship? In honor of Banned Books Week, the legendary comics creator participated in the virtual read-out.

In the video embedded above, Lee talks about the value of comic books and graphic novels; he firmly believes that these books cultivate a lifelong love of reading. What do you think?

New Anthology Features Essays By Writers Who Love New York City

Never Can Say Goodbye to NYCLast year, Sari Botton served as the editor of an anthology called Goodbye to All That: On Loving and Leaving New York. Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and 25 other writers penned essays on how they renounced residency from New York city.

Botton has been working on a follow-up entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York. Some of the contributors to the new project include Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, and Nick Flynn.

Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will release the book on October 14, 2014. What do you think?

92Y to Host a Dylan Thomas Exhibit

92Y“Dylan Thomas in America—A Centennial Exhibition” will be displayed at the 92Y. The curators organized this exhibit in celebration of Thomas’ 100th birthday. The famous Welsh poet first visited this New York City institution back in 1950 for his first reading event in the United States.

Visitors will see photos, letters, postcards, manuscripts and drawings inside the Milton Weill Art Gallery. It will open on October 26, 2014 and close on December 04, 2014. Follow this link to learn more information.

Sheryl Sandberg Stars in Comic Book

FFSherylSandbergBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg.

Publisher Darren G. Davis had this statement in the press release: “Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations – many of them ignored by the mainstream media – that resulted in Sheryl Sandberg becoming a leading voice in empowering successful businesswomen. A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved.”

This new project, part of the Female Force series, contains a story written by Michael L. Frizell and artwork by Angel Bernuy. Other women who have been featured in this series include Mother Teresa, Hillary Clinton, Tina Fey, and more.

Aidan Gillen Joins ‘The Maze Runner’ Film Cast

Scorch TrialsAidan Gillen has become well-known for playing the evil Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on the Game of Thrones HBO series. The actor has signed on to step into the shoes of another villain for The Maze Runner film franchise.

Gillen will portray Janson (a.k.a. Rat-Man). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillen’s character “becomes the main antagonist of the Maze Runner books.”

Shooting for The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the series, is set to start in October 2014. A theatrical release date has been scheduled for September 18, 2015.

‘#TeachBannedBooks’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

twitterOver the last few days, the #TeachBannedBooks hashtag has swept Twitter. In honor of Banned Books Week, The Huffington Post asked educators to explain why they introduce their students to certain banned books using the social media platform.

Some of the titles mentioned include The Hunger GamesThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (embedded below), and The Giver. What do you think?

 

New Trailer Unleashed For For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

20th Century Fox has unleashed a new trailer for the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with actors Colin Firth and Taron Egerton playing spies Harry Hart and Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin.

According to Indiewire, the story (based on a comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) follows “a veteran secret agent who leads a protégé into the world of espionage.” The initial release date was scheduled for Fall 2014; it has been pushed to February 13, 2015.

A Book of Pun Poetry is Featured On Kickstarter

Emmy Award-winning artist Llyn Hunter hopes to raise $11,000 on Kickstarter for a book of visual puns. The funds will be used to cover the costs of self-publishing and printing.

The finished full-color coffee table book, entitled Punnies, contains pun-themed illustrations and poetry. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Punnies all started with a Catfish. When I work on storyboarding for animation, I regularly take a breather and create silly watercolor paintings. When I decided to do a cat as a fish chasing his dinner – Catfish – I just couldn’t stop.”

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