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Shakespeare and Company Profiled in a ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Short Film

Shakespeare and Company has been profiled in an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday short film. We’ve embedded the entire piece in the video above—what do you think? Past patrons of the famous Parisian independent bookstore include Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce.

Lena Dunham Plans to Adapt ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’

Lena DunhamDuring her talk at the New Yorker Festival, filmmaker Lena Dunham revealed that she plans to work on a movie adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy.

Dunham (pictured, via) will serve as a producer. She also hopes to be the director for this project.

According to BuzzFeed, this Karen Cushman novel features a story that “is told through diary entries written by a British 12-year-old named Catherine in the year 1290. The book was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal.” Who would you cast as young Catherine?

An Anthology of ‘Outsider’ Fiction Stories is Featured on Kickstarter

Writer Steven Saus hopes to raise $7,000 on Kickstarter for a fiction anthology, Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging. The finished book will contain 19 stories.

Saus plans to use the funds to compensate the contributors, pay the editor, and hire a designer to create the cover. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“When you talk about outsiders, it’s easy to think about that sense of isolation when you’re not one of the ‘popular kids’ in high school, when you’re the new person on the job, when you stand out in a bad way. But there’s more than that. There’s the sense of wonder at a new, alien place. There’s seeing everything you know through a new, different point of view. These stories defy expectations and easy genre boundaries.”

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Marie Lu, Walter Isaacson, & Marilynne Robinson Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

The Young ElitesWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 12, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Lila by Marilynne Robinson: “Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.” (October 2014)

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Dana Walrath Believes Comics Can Help Those Who Suffer From Dementia

Anthropologist and writer Dana Walrath gave a TED Talk on “Comics, Medicine, and Memory.” She shared memories of caring for her mother who suffered through dementia. Her mother derived great enjoyment from reading comics throughout this difficult time period; the “visual-verbal combination makes up for some of the memory loss and lets content stay sophisticated.”

Walrath’s observations ultimately lead her to conclude that comics are highly accessible to those who suffer from dementia. She firmly believes that “by meeting through story, we make peace and we move on. Even if we’re sick or hurt or dying.” That is how she came to pen Aliceheimer’s. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire presentation above. What do you think?

Zilpha Keatley Snyder Has Died

zil_homeWriter Zilpha Keatley Snyder has died. She was 87-years-old.

Snyder (pictured, via) won three Newbery Honors for The Egypt Game (1967), The Headless Cupid (1971), and The Witches of Worm (1972). Throughout her career, she penned more than 40 books for young children and teens.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Most of Ms. Snyder’s books were intended for readers 9 to 13 and delved into subjects like witchcraft, murder and dysfunctional families. She mixed realism and the supernatural, and her stories often had endings that could be interpreted from either viewpoint. Her plots were tight, and her protagonists were often vital, thoughtful, courageous females.”

Those Were the Days: Norman Lear’s Memoir Pubs Today

“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure,” raves Booklist in a starred review of Norman Lear’s memoir, Even This I Get to Experience.

NormaLearCoverThe creator of such iconic and unprecedented hit shows as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” Lear reinvented television comedy in the ‘70s. At one point, he had nine shows on the air, and at their peak, his programs were watched by 120 million people a week.

Now, Lear is telling his story, from his Depression-era days growing up with a dad sent to jail for scheming to sell fake bonds, to becoming the highest-paid comedy writer in the country, working for Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Martha Raye, and George Gobel. A member of a B-17 bomber crew in WWII, Lear made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List” and was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton.

Dave Itzkoff, writing about Even This I Get to Experience in the New York Times, cites Lear’s influence on Roseanne Barr, Rob Reiner, and Trey Parker. Itzkoff quotes Parker, creator and producer of “South Park” with Matt Stone, as saying that Lear’s work “had an immeasurable impact on that show and its satirical, scared-cow-slaughtering sensibility.”

Now, in his book out today from Penguin Press, we all can read of the events and people that had an immeasurable impact on Norman Lear, and shaped his sensibility.

Cover Unveiled For The 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Looking For Alaska’

Looking For Alaska 10th Anniversary

Young adult novelist John Green has revealed the new cover for the 10th anniversary edition of Looking For Alaska. We’ve embedded the full image, designed by artist Rodrigo Corral, above—what do you think?

According to the press release, this special edition features an “introduction by John Green, looking back at Looking For Alaska ten years later, essay by Michael Cart, Chair of the 2006 Printz committee, deleted scenes, and extensive Q&A from John Green answering fans favorite questions, the book will offer more for readers than ever before.” Penguin Young Readers Group has scheduled a release date for 2015.

Carlos Lozada Named Nonfiction Book Critic at ‘The Washington Post’

The Washington PostCarlos Lozada has been appointed the nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post. His start date is scheduled for the end of this year.

Currently, Lozada serves as the editor of the publication’s “Outlook” section. In his new role, he will write weekly reviews and share in the responsibilities of covering both nonfiction books and long-form nonfiction.

Here’s more from the announcement: “From his perch in ‘Outlook,’ Carlos has already established himself as a fresh voice in Post criticism, writing everything from essays on book-title trends (‘The end of everything’) to reviews of high-profile books on politics, foreign policy, economics and culture, such as Mark Leibovich’s This Town, or William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. This summer, Carlos developed a detailed proposal on how to reimagine the role of the nonfiction book critic for a digital age – and proceeded to pitch himself for the role. He had a great idea, and we agreed that he’d be perfect for it.”

Bloomsbury UK to Host Harry Potter Book Night in 2015

Harry Potter Book NightBloomsbury UK will be hosting the first ever Harry Potter Book Night on February 05, 2015.

Public celebrations will take place all throughout the United Kingdom. More information will be unveiled as the date draws closer.

Here’s more about this event: “Bloomsbury Children’s Books is inviting schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups to host early-evening events in celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. We’re creating a complete Harry Potter Book Night Kit – available for free download – offering you everything you need to plan and host an unforgettable evening. The only missing ingredient is your own ideas and flair!” Click here to sign up for alerts about the event kit. (via The Guardian)

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