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Trailer Revealed For ‘Gone Girl’ Movie Adaptation

Twentieth Century Fox has unveiled a trailer for the Gone Girl movie adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Ben Affleck in the lead role of Nick Dunne and actress Rosamund Pike as his spouse Amy.

Author Gillian Flynn worked with Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher to change the ending of her book for the story featured in this movie. The official release date has been scheduled for October 3rd. (via The Verge)

Penguin to Close My Artist’s Way Toolkit Site

myartistswayPenguin is shutting down the website My Artist’s Way Toolkit on May 15th 2014. The site was based on Julia Cameron‘s book and supplied interactive tools designed to encourage creativity.

The site, which has been available to readers through subscription, included writing exercises, creative affirmations and a toolset for organizing a user’s own work.

Here is more from the website: “Before the site shuts down, you should export all of the great content you’ve built within the site. You will find explicit instructions on how to do just that here. And don’t worry, all charges from February 1st on will be refunded, which you will see reflected on your next credit card statement. If you have any questions, please reach out to us atappsupport@us.penguingroup.com.”

Donna Tartt Wins The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

pulitzerAuthor Donna Tartt has won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan, also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Flick by Annie Baker won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alan Taylor‘s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 won the prize for History. Megan Marshall‘s Margaret Fuller: A New American Life took the Pulitzer for the Biography category. Vijay Seshadri won the Poetry prize for 3 Sections.

Dan Fagin‘s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the prize for General Nonfiction. John Luther Adams‘ Become Ocean took the prize for Music.

 

Dav Pilkey, Toni Morrison & Sherman Alexie Lead ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books List

captainunderpantsCaptain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie led the  most challenged books of the year list this year.

This is according to the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). The list explores books that have received the most complaints. Check it out:

The OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In 2013, the OIF received hundreds of reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.

We’ve got the whole list after the jump. Read more

World Book Night, Wendy Williams, & Jenny Han Get Booked

book-boysHere 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.

Greenlight Bookstore is hosting a “World Book Night Kickoff” with readings and a wine reception in honor of this year’s event. Check it out on Monday, April 14th starting 7:00 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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Warner Bros. Grants Permission For Students to Adapt ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’

The students from the New England School of Communications will create a short film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

This short story can be found in two Rowling books: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and The Tales of Beedle the Bard fairy tale collection. We’ve embedded the first trailer above–what do you think?

The filmmakers have been granted permission from Warner Bros. to create this project. The team will screen the full film on May 04, 2014 at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre. Follow this link to watch behind-the-scenes videos. (via The Harry Potter Alliance)

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Clip Unveiled by MTV

A new clip from The Fault in Our Stars was unveiled during the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Young adult novelist John Green attended the event along with his wife and the stars from the film adaptation. The video embedded above features an intense conversation scene between Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

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Print Textbooks Lead to Higher Reading Comprehension Than Digital: Study

ipad304Digital textbooks may not be as powerful of learning tools as print textbooks. According to new research from West Chester University professors Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar, when middle school students were given the same reading assignment in print versus digital, the readers’ comprehension was higher when they read print books than when they read eBooks.

The professors presented their findings at the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia. The report suggests that enhancements in eBooks such as games and activities actually take away from reading comprehension.

The New York Times has more: “Such flourishes can interrupt the fluency of children’s reading and cause their comprehension to fragment, the authors found. They can also lead children to spend less time reading over all: One study cited by Ms. Smith and the Schugars reported that children spent 43 percent of their e-book engagement time playing games embedded in the e-books rather than reading the text.”

The Winners of the LA Times’ 34th Annual Book Prize

latimesThe Los Angeles Times  hosted its 34th Annual Book Prizes ceremony over the weekend, honoring 50 writers in 10 categories for their 2013 books. The Times’ book critic David L. Ulin hosted the event at at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium.

Susan Straight received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and John Green took The Innovator’s Award. We’ve got the entire list of winners after the jump. Read more

The Bible May Become Louisiana’s Official State Book

thebibleThe King James version of the Bible may become the official book of the state of Louisiana. Legislation passed the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs this week. The bill will now head to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The Times-Picayune has the scoop: “Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, originally filed a bill to declare a specific copy of the Bible, found in the Louisiana State Museum system, the official state book. But by the time he presented the proposal to the committee, he changed language  in his legislation to make the generic King James version of the Bible, a text used worldwide, the official state book.”

Some opponents say that the bill should not be limited to the King James version of the Bible and should include all versions of the Bible or even all religious text to include more religions.

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