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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)

Amazon to Open Pop-Up Retail Shops in California

amazon304Amazon plans to open a pop-up retail shop in two California cities, San Francisco and Sacramento, on October 22nd. Visitors will be able to test out the latest Kindle projects.

Here’s more from GeekWire: “While Amazon gets a lot of credit for dominating e-commerce sales, the store openings show that it can’t ignore that a vast majority of retail revenues today still occur in the offline world. The struggle between the two is often depicted as a war between online and offline, and if that’s true, then Amazon’s move into stores is the highest compliment the e-commerce giant can pay to physical retail.”

The San Francisco location will be inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre. At this time, Amazon has not revealed the whereabouts of the Sacramento location. If this brick-and-mortar venture proves successful, the company may install more storefronts in the future.

‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Series to End in 2015

Fantastic 4

Rumors have been circulating that Marvel plans to end the Fantastic Four comic series. During a New York Comic Con panel, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and Fantastic Four writer James Robinson revealed that this will take place next year.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “the final issue is scheduled to release in June of 2015, which will close the book temporarily on the group, only a few months before the Fantastic Four film reboot is set to debut on Aug. 7.” Fans can look forward to the triple-sized issue, #645, which will feature a story arc entitled “The End is Fourever.”

Bryan Lee O’Malley: ‘Every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.’

Bryan Lee O'MalleyOver the weekend, Bryan Lee O’Malley appeared at New York Comic Con panel for a conversation with Cory Doctorow about his latest book, Seconds.

Following the great success he achieved with the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, he wanted to “do something super arty and weird.” For Seconds, O’Malley set out to write “a very external character…characters who just barge through life.” The star protagonist of this story, Katie, was partially inspired “by an obnoxious rock star.”

Regardless of the project, two parts of O’Malley’s creative process remain constant. First, he has to create the perfect mix tape because he will likely listen to it “thousands of times.” Second, he takes this approach: “every new book idea, I’m just going to tackle a problem and fix it.” What’s the initial step you take when you start a new project?

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