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The British Library Hosts Exhibition on Gothic Storytelling

The British Library is hosting a display focused on gothic storytelling called “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.” It will run until January 20, 2015.

The United Kingdom’s “biggest ever Gothic exhibition” features 200 rare objects; some of these pieces shine the spotlight on works by writers Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Clive Barker. Visitors will see ”posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit.”

We’ve embedded a video about this exhibit—what do you think? Click here to learn more about it. Follow this link to read an essay by Neil Gaiman entitled “My hero: Mary Shelley.”

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Movie May Feature a Female Robin

bvsBatman’s famous sidekick, Robin, may be played by a female in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Rumors have been swirling in Hollywood that Catching Fire actress Jena Malone will be taking on that role. According to Variety, the movie studio has not confirmed this to be true. The theatrical release date has been scheduled for March 25, 2016.

Here’s more from Time: “Making Robin a woman, though, isn’t all that drastic. Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman movie is reportedly based largely on Frank Miller’s comic The Dark Knight Returns, in which Batman’s sidekick is a woman named Carrie Kelley. In the comics, a raven-haired Kelley—obsessed with the Dark Knight—saves him from some bad guys in order to win his trust and become the new Robin.”

Emily St. John Mandel & George R.R. Martin Get Booked

The World of Ice & Fire.jpg 200Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Emily St. John Mandel will read from her new book, Station Eleven, and sit for an interview with Lev Grossman. Hear her on Thursday, October 23rd at Macaulay Honors College starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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John Leguizamo Inks Deal For ‘Ghetto Klown’ Graphic Novel

Ghetto KlownActor John Leguizamo has landed a deal to create a graphic novel adaptation of his hit one-man Broadway show, Ghetto Klown. ComicArts, an imprint at ABRAMS, has scheduled a release date for Spring 2015.

Cartoonist Christa Cassano has signed on to create the artwork. Executive editor David Cashion negotiated the deal with Foundry Media literary agent Anthony Mattero.

Leguizamo had this statement in the press release: “Ghetto Klown is the history that I probably never should have told anyone but my therapist, but it’s a real lesson that even if you suffer a certain amount (a lot) of self-doubt and anxiety, you can still accomplish great things. It’s a lesson I’m really excited to impart to a whole new audience and in a whole new way with the help of artist Christa Cassano and Abrams Books. My life’s work took me my whole life to figure out, but, hey, better late than never”

J.K. Rowling to Erect a Summer House Modeled After Hagrid’s Hut

HagridHarry Potter series author J.K. Rowling plans to build “Hagrid’s Hut” on the grounds of her estate in Scotland.

Rowling intends to erect a summer house that features a stone bench, a stone structure, and a slate roof. The dwelling will resemble the home of Hogwarts keeper of keys, Rubeus Hagrid.

Here’s more from The Telegraph: “Like the fictional home of Hagrid – the ground-keeper of Hogwarts, played in the Harry Potter films by Robbie Coltrane – the proposed hut will be built on the edge of a forest of the 162-acre estate. Rowling bought the house and grounds for £1.9 million in 2001, and married husband Dr Neil Murray in the library in the December of that year.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

TED Curator Chris Anderson Lands Deal For Public Speaking Guide

Chris Anderson 200TED curator Chris Anderson (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.

Senior executive editor Rick Wolff handled this acquisition. This project will be the first in Wolff’s new line of business books.

Anderson gave this statement in the press release: “Many people have something important to say, but are terrified by public speaking. Yet the skills to deliver a compelling talk are teachable. Over the last 10 years, my team and I have had access to the preparation process of many of the world’s best speakers. It’s thrilling to have this opportunity to share what we’ve learned with a broader public, and I look forward to working with Rick and his colleagues at HMH.”

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Alan Cumming Reveals the Man Behind the “Cheery Chappy”

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The Good Wife star and Broadway luminary Alan Cumming has written a “suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny” memoir, Not My Father’s Son. The book is the #1 pick for November on ABA’s Indie Next list.

Cumming recently told People, “People think of me as sort of a cheery chappy,” and from all indications he is, while now revealing his struggle and the darkness he has overcome to emerge as a dazzling and mesmerizing actor, nominated for Emmy and Drama League Awards. “This book is the most personal, intimate thing I’ve ever done.”

Plagued by a father who beat and verbally abused him during his childhood in rural Scotland, he was shocked to his core when this same man let him know in 2010 that they were not related.

Cumming recounted his turmoil to The New York Times:

“Mr. Cumming’s identity had gone through multiple cataclysms. ‘I couldn’t stop talking about it,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t stop telling the story. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.’ Now, when he plays Two Truths and a Lie, his two truths are ‘My grandfather died in Malaysia playing Russian roulette’ and ‘My father recently told me I wasn’t his son.’

‘My truths are so crazy,’ he said, sounding half amused. ‘I struggle to make up an equally nutty false one.’ Eventually, he put his thoughts in writing, and the result is Not My Father’s Son, which weaves the ‘great yarn’ of 2010 with a harrowing reminiscence of his father’s violence.”

Not My Father’s Son (Day Street Books) is available now in bookstores, and you can get a free sneak peek at an excerpt in Buzz Books 2014 Fall/Winter eBook from Publishers Lunch.

‘Deadline’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

DeadlineJohn Sandford’s new thriller novel, Deadline, has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending October 13, 2014. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan are occupying the top two spots on the list this week.

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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.

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