Craig Ferguson will be leaving The Late, Late Show on December 19th. In honor of Ferguson’s departure, Larry King read a “farewell poem” during his appearance. The video embedded above features King’s full performance—what do you think?
Filmmaker Ram Devineni has concerns about the rise in violence against women in India. So he created a new comic book hero to help inspire Indians stand up to against rape.
Her name is Priya. After being sexually attacked, Priva travels the country to speak out against victim shaming.
NPR has more:
After months of traveling around India talking to all sorts of people, including rape victims, about sexual violence, Devineni decided to create Priya. Shunned by her family and village after she is raped, she takes refuge in the jungle and is stalked by a tiger. Parvati, a Hindu goddess, comes to her aid and grants her special powers that include fearlessness and a magical mantra that she uses to change people’s minds.
AbeBooks.com a site that sells used and rare books has revealed its list of the 50 most expensive books sold this year.
The most that fetched the most money was Les Maîtres de L’Affiche (5 vols) which sold for $43,450, followed by a copy of Das Kapital by Karl Marx which went for $40,000. Call for the Dead by John le Carré sold for $22,500. A copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & illustrated by Salvador Dali brought in $20,000. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway went for $18,000 and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling earned $15,956 for the bookseller.
The list also includes rare books from Hemingway, le Carre, Steinbeck and Frank Herbert. Follow this link to see the whole list.
.@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014
Has Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry ever admitted a Jewish student? Yesterday, J.K. Rowling confirmed that the answer is “yes.”
In response to a fan’s message on Twitter, the Harry Potter series author revealed that a Jewish wizard named Anthony Goldstein belonged to Ravenclaw house. We’ve embedded the tweets above—what do you think?
In addition to coming to her fans rescue via social media, Rowling has been a busy bee with adding new content on Pottermore. For the past few days, several new details about Potions Master Severus Snape has been unveiled. (via BuzzFeed)
SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more, you should stop reading now!
Data journalist Niall McCarthy has created an infographic which explores the current state of eBooks
Charted by Statista, McCarthy shared the infographic in a post on Forbes. Check it out: “Today, 23 percent of all male adults and 33 percent of all female adults in the United States read e-books. In fact, the global e-book industry is worth a whopping $8.5 billion.”
We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more
Ruby Barnhill, a newcomer English actress, will play Sophie in The BFG. This project marks the first time Barnhill will take on a feature part.
Steven Spielberg will take the helm of this Roald Dahl film adaptation as the director. Mark Rylance, a British theatre actor, has been cast in the titular role.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Published in 1982, The BFG is the story of a young London girl and the world’s only benevolent giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. The two set off on an adventure (with the aid of the Queen of England) to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. Spielberg is beginning production early in the New Year and Disney releases on July 1, 2016 in the U.S. EOne will bring it to the UK on July 22, 2016.”
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. for the second week in a row.
Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 15, 2014. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is No. 3 and Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl is No. 3 this week.
We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting the “Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography” exhibition at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Here’s more from the NYPL website: “Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public. Photography has always been social.”
This project marks the first time that the NYPL curator team has organized a retrospective survey of photography. According to the NYPL blog, one of the pieces being displayed is a photographic locket of Mr. and Mrs. General Tom Thumb. The closing date has been scheduled for September 04, 2015.
Poposition Press hopes to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter for The Pop Up Art Book. This project features 3-D renditions of comic, pop, and street art pieces created by six artists.
The funds will be used to cover the production costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above; learn more from the Kickstarter page:
“The idea behind this group book is to represent a wide range of contemporary art styles in an exciting new pop up format, and our ultimate goal is to get this book in as many of your hands as possible. After creating and self-publishing our first book, Pop Up Funk with artist Jim Mahfood in 2013, we reached out to other artists with the same simple concept: to take their art apart and then re-construct it as a three-dimensional pop-up spread.”