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Lionsgate Unleashes ‘Panem Address’ Video #2 to Promote ‘Mockingjay Part 1′

Lionsgate has unleashed a “Panem Address” video called “Unity” to promote the Mockingjay Part 1 movie. So far, the video has drawn more than 6,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Continuing where the previously released “Together As One” video left off, the video embedded above stars President Snow with victors Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason standing beside him. It also features glimpses of rebel Beetee Latier who hacks into the program.

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Jojo Moyes, Brianna Caplan Sayres, Christian Slade, & Jacqueline Winspear Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

diggersWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 06, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Fiction) One Plus One by Jojo Moyes: “Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them.” (July 2014)

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H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured On Kickstarter

The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the anthology, Whispers From the Abyss.

The writers who contributed the 33 short stories drew inspiration from famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book was designed “specifically for readers on the go.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

Whispers From the Abyss is a collection of Lovecraft inspired short stories. The anthology was released last year for the Kindle and was well received. Of the entire 01Publishing catalog, we have been consistently asked by fans to bring this title to print.”

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Quentin Blake Opens the ‘House of Illustration’

House of IllustrationFamed artist Quentin Blake has opened the “House of Illustration” in London.

The gallery’s inaugural art show, “Inside Stories,” showcases Blake’s work. Many of the pieces on display can be found in books written by beloved children’s books writer Roald Dahl.

According to the gallery website, “the exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards, many never shown before, with finished art work to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors.” Follow this link to view a photo album. (via The Independent)

‘Unbroken’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Australian Ad Agency Launches a Line of ‘Game of Thrones’ Wines

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Common Ventures, an Australian-based ad agency, has been working on a line of Game of Thrones-themed wines.

According to the company website, “The Wines of Westeros” are not officially affiliated with the popular HBO adaptation; the executives launched this “side project” because they love the show. Fans can enjoy twelve different varietals; each one represents different “houses” found in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series including the Tyrells, the Lannisters, and the Starks.

In an interview with PSFK, founder Jane Burhop explained that “the reds are all associated with the houses that are head strong and robust. The whites on the other hand are more cunning, perceptive and mysterious.” The Greyjoy bottle contains a sauvignon blanc while the Baratheon bottle showcases a pinot noir. Which house has your allegiance? (via The Huffington Post)

London is Peppered With Book-Inspired Benches

bookbenchesHow to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll are among books that have been given a new life in London this summer. The National Literacy Trust in Britain has developed a public art project that commemorates 50 books in an new and innovative way: as public benches.

The project is called Books about Town. Artists have been asked to adapt famous books into benches which have been placed throughout the city. The “BookBenches” project is designed to encourage reading. Readers can find four different literary maps of these sculptures online and use them to guide their literary treasure hunts. The routes include: Greenwich Trail, Bloomsbury Trail, City Trail and Riverside Trail.

The exhibition is up through September 15th.

Writers Star in ‘The Magician’s Land’ Book Trailer

Writer Lev Grossman turned to crowdsourcing to create the book trailer for the third and final installment of the Magicians trilogy.

The video embedded above features American Gods writer Neil Gaiman, Wicked author Gregory MaguireFangirl novelist Rainbow Rowell, and many others reading the first chapter of the The Magician’s Land.

Which one of these authors would you choose as the narrator for the audiobook? (via BuzzFeed)

HarperCollins’ New Website Design Focuses on E-Commerce

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers has redesigned its website with new capabilities that make it easier for readers to buy books directly from the publisher, in a move to have a more direct relationship with its customers.

The site allows bookworms to purchase print, eBook and audiobook titles directly from the publisher. The update also includes new author tools which will make it easier for writers to embed the HarperCollins shopping cart on their own websites, giving authors an alternative to adding Amazon buttons. “We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our authors, ensuring their books are always available to their fans,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins. “As a publisher, we want to offer as many paths to the consumer as possible.”

The redesign also brings with it enhanced search and navigation, and a new design which includes more promo options such as author videos, sample chapters, audiobook excerpts and a daily deals email newsletter.

J.M. Lee Wins ‘The Dark Crystal’ Author Quest Contest

969658_286630688148585_854746099_nJ.M. Lee has won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest.

Last summer, Penguin Young Readers Group formed a partnership with the Jim Henson Company to publish a young adult series inspired by the classic film, The Dark Crystal. The two companies launched a contest to find a writer to pen the first installment of this project. Lee’s story, “The Ring of Dreams” was chosen as the winning piece from a pool of more than 500 submissions.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “The Dark Crystal was my first Jim Henson experience after being coerced into a viewing by my father, who since has admitted he just thought I would like the ‘soundtrack performed by a bunch of giant crows.’ And I did! I’ve always been a fan of dark fantasy, but thinking back on how early it was that The Dark Crystal became part of my VHS(!) library, I wonder which came first: the Skeksis or the egg. Even now, the depth of world and profundity has continued to reveal itself as I grow into my so-called adulthood.”

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