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Aasif Mandvi Asks Fellow Comedians to Appear in His Book Trailer: VIDEO

Have you ever asked a celebrity to appear in your book trailer? In the “Funny or Die” video embedded above, Aasif Mandvi makes this request of Jack Black, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, and more.

Mandvi has written a book of personal essays entitled No Land’s Man: A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch. Chronicle Books will release it on November 04, 2014. (via The Huffington Post)

3 Actors Join the ‘Paper Towns’ Cast

paper townsThree actors have joined the cast for the Paper Towns movie adaptation. Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Justice Smith will portray Ben, Lacey, and Radar.

These characters share a friendship with the lead protagonist Quentin (played by Nat Wolff). The story, based on John Green’s popular young adult novel, follows Quentin and his buddies who embark on a journey after a classmate named Margo (played by Cara Delevinge) mysteriously disappears.

Back in March, Green announced that he would take on the role of executive producer. The Wrap reports that Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner will all serve as producers for this project. Neustadter and Weber are also working on the screenplay together.

3 Staff Members at St. Martin’s Press Receive Promotions

stmartins130Three staff members at St. Martin’s Press have received promotions. All of them work within the art department.

Mike Storrings has been named vice president and creative director of the imprint. David Rotstein will tackle on the dual role of executive art director at St. Martin’s Press and creative art director of Minotaur. Olga Grlic has been appointed executive art director of the Griffin and mass market paperbacks teams.

Marvel to Publish YA Novel Starring The Black Widow

Black WidowMargaret Stohl will write a young adult novel starring the Black Widow.

The announcement was made during the “Woman of Marvel” panel at New York Comic Con. The book is slated for release in 2015.

According to ComicsBeat.com, Stohl feels that this project “is the badassiest thing I’ve ever been asked to work on in my life. Black Widow is the very best hot mess I know. She kicks ass, she’s more of a Wolverine than a Captain America.”

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Abrams Publishes a Cookbook Inspired by ‘Orange is the New Black’

HNA7366r1+OITNB_interior_7_24.inddAbrams has released an Orange is the New Black-inspired cookbook. The Cookbook: Bites, Booze, Secrets, and Stories from Inside the Big House contains 60 photos and 65 recipes.

Some of the dishes featured in this book include “prison punch” and “Red’s chicken kiev.”The Root has posted a recipe for “Pennsatucky’s Family Beer Can Bird.”

This project was a collaboration between Jenji Kohan (the creator of the Netflix series), Tara Hermann, Hartley Voss, and Alex RegneryThe Daily News reports that fans can meet two stars from the show, Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba, at a Barnes & Noble signing event (the Fifth Avenue branch in New York City) on October 17th.

Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, Macmillan, Skyhorse Publishing

This week, ABRAMS is hiring an editorial director for its children’s books division, while Macmillan needs a publicist. Skyhorse Publishing is seeking a senior editor, and HarperCollins is on the hunt for a digital director of integrated marketing. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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New Truman Capote Stories Discovered

Truman CapoteA Swiss publisher named Peter Haag unearthed several of Truman Capote’s (pictured, via) lost writings. Haag made this discovery while researching at the New York Public Library.

Four short fiction pieces have been translated into German and featured in a publication called ZEITmagazin. Random House will release the English edition of this new Capote collection, which contains 20 stories and 12 poems, in December 2015. Executive editor David Ebershoff is editing the book

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Capote, who died in 1984, at 59, is believed to have written these works between the time he was 11 and 19, although not all are dated. Mr. Haag, whose house, Kein & Aber, based in Zurich, publishes Capote in German, said he and Anuschka Roshani, Capote’s German-language editor, came across the writings on one of their frequent trips to the New York library’s manuscripts and archives division looking for clues to the fate of Capote’s unfinished novel, Answered Prayers.”

Lionsgate Unveils New Clip From ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unleashed a new clip from Mockingjay Part 1. Hunger Games fans flooded Twitter with the “#UnlockMockingjay” hashtag so that they could access this teaser.

It has drawn more than 65,000 “likes” on The Hunger Games Facebook page. The video embedded above features Katniss Everdeen and her emotional visit to District 12—what do you think?

Carolyn Kizer Has Died

Carolyn KizerPoet Carolyn Kizer has died. She was 89-years-old.

Kizer (pictured, via) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her collection, Yin. Throughout her writing career, she published several volumes of poetry. Follow this link to read a few of Kizer’s poems.

Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times: “At 17 she published a poem in the New Yorker (her only poem to appear in that publication, as it turned out)…Throughout her career, she stood up for what she believed, persuading Lyndon Johnson to lift a travel ban against Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1970, and, 28 years later, resigning (along with her friend Maxine Kumin) as a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets to protest the organization’s lack of diversity.”

Richard Flanagan Wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize

Man Booker Prize LogoThe 2014 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan will receive £50,000 for this accomplishment.

According to the press release, Flanagan is the third Australian writer to win this award. Follow this link to check out the longlist.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Born in Tasmania, Flanagan was the only Australian writer to make this year’s shortlist. His novel chronicles the experiences of a surgeon who has been imprisoned on the Burma Death Railway, a Japanese war camp during World War II. His sixth book, it’s based on his father’s true story. Philosopher and Booker chair A.C. Grayling called it “the sort of book that kicks you so hard in the stomach.”

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