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George R.R. Martin Receives Typewriter at The Emmys

Grammy Award winner Weird Al Yankovic requested that author George R.R. Martin “type as fast as you can.” Yankovic reasons that “we need more script.”

The video embedded above features Yankovic performing a medley of TV theme music at the 66th annual Emmy Awards. As he was singing the Game of Thrones portion, comedian Andy Samberg (donning a Joffrey Baratheon costume) handed Martin a typewriter.

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Capstone Launches Web Video Series

Publishing house Capstone has launched a new video series in which its editorial department discusses books.

The first episode is called Capstone Live With Michael Dahl! and features Capstone’s Fiction Editorial Director Michael Dahl sharing his Top 5 picks from the publisher’s Fall 2014 nonfiction list. We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

The publisher will release a new video every month of the school year. A future episode will feature Dahl discussing his Top 5 Fiction picks. Another will focus on graphic novels.

Capstone is not the first publisher to showcase editors talking about books on video. Simon & Schuster recently launched a new Behind the Book series.

How to Participate in Banned Books Week

unnamedBanned Books Week (BBW) is coming up next month and the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression is encouraging booksellers, librarians, authors, publishers and teachers to get involved.

The theme of this year’s event, which runs Sept. 21-27, is the censorship of graphic novels and comic books. Booksellers are encouraged to promote specific banned titles. Here is more information on how booksellers can participate:

Booksellers have always played a key role in Banned Books Week by creating displays that show customers that some of their favorite books are under attack. For the second year, ABFFE and Ingram Content Group are making it easy for booksellers to mount their displays by distributing a free promotional kit that contains everything they need. To qualify, booksellers choose 30 or more titles from 450 banned and challenged titles listed on Ingram’s iPage. They also receive additional discounts on initial and subsequent orders.

New Neil Gaiman Short Story Collection to Be Released in 2015

Neil GaimanAuthor Neil Gaiman has been working on an anthology called Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances. William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint, will release the book on February 03, 2015.

Gaiman revealed on his Tumblr page that he is “finishing the very last short story of the next collection RIGHT NOW. Everything else has been written: the stories, the introduction, all that…” What do you think?

Kazu Kibuishi & Yoav Litvin Get Booked

Amulet SixHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Books of Wonder will host a launch party for Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien. Check it out on Tuesday, August 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Original Superman Comic Sells For $3.2M on eBay

actioncomicsA mint condition first edition copy of Action Comics #1, the first comic book featuring Superman has sold on eBay for more than $3.2 million.

Darren Adams, the owner of Pristine Comics in Washington State, received 48 bids on the comic, which was originally published in 1938. He sold it to an unnamed buyer. Here is an excerpt from the eBay listing:

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

(Via NPR Books).

Fantasy Authors Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Coraline author Neil Gaiman was challenged by his wife, musician Amanda Palmer, to take on the #IceBucketChallenge. The video embedded above features Gaiman performing the act with assistance from a group of friends. In addition to having a bucket of ocean water and ice thrown over his head, Gaiman names a new set of challengers that includes A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.

The video below features Martin completing the challenge. Prior to getting hit with the buckets, Martin uttered a quote from his beloved fantasy series: “God help us all, but Winter is coming.” Gaimain responded on Facebook by saying: “Dear George. I’m sorry. (I’m not sorry.)”

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3D Printed Storybooks For Visually Impaired Children

3dprintedbookResearchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed a series of children’s books for the visually impaired.

U-Boulder’s Tactile Picture Books Project uses 3D printing technology to turn classic children’s books including Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and Harold and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon into books with three dimensional tactile experiences.

Colorado.edu has more: “The main idea is to represent 2D graphics in a 3D, tactile way on a scale appropriate for the cognitive abilities and interests of young children, said Yeh. The team combines this information with computational algorithms — essentially step-by-step instructions for mathematical calculations — providing an interface that allows parents, teachers and supporters to print their own customized picture books using 3D computers.” (Via Electric Literature).

Can I Use That Picture?: INFOGRAPHIC

caniusethatpictureLooking for images to use in your book or on your blog? It’s important that you get the right permission or find an image that is available in the public domain.

The Visual Communications Guy has created an infographic called “Can I Use That Picture?” to help publishers navigate what they can and can’t use. Check it out: “Knowing the copyright laws for using images can be a bit tricky. Follow this series of questions to know if you can use a picture for your purposes or not.”

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

Cover Unveiled For Frank Warren’s New ‘PostSecret’ Book

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The cover for Frank Warren’s forthcoming book, The World of PostSecret, has been unveiled. What do you think?

William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on November 04, 2014. To learn more about the PostSecret project, follow this link to watch Warren’s TED talk.

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