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Scott Campbell, Peter Mehlman, & Sally Wolfe Get Booked

Hug MachineHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Author and illustrator Scott Campbell will celebrate the launch of his new book, Hug Machine, at Books of Wonder. Join in on Tuesday, September 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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International Trailer For ‘Serena’ Unleashed

An international trailer has been unveiled for Serena. The story for this film adaptation is based on a Ron Rash novel that shares the same title.

The video embedded above features glimpses of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the primary protagonists, Serena and George Pemberton. Mashable reports that the film will hit theaters in the United Kingdom on October 24th; no United States release date has been announced yet.

Peter Carey Refused to Ghostwrite Assange Memoir

careyassangePeter Carey did not mince words in a rather juicy interview to Bookseller today where the two-time Booker-winning novelist discussed his forthcoming novel Amnesia, along with an alliterative list of other topics currently on his mind: Amazon, Assange and Americans up for Bookers.

On Julian Assange, Carey said that he was approached by his American editor Sonny Mehta and asked if he would like to co-write the book. “But I thought, no. Two control freaks? It wouldn’t work.”

Probably a wise move since we all know what happened to the unlucky fellow who did take up the offer, novelist Andrew O’Hagan.

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Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

‘Of Mice & Men’ Theatrical Adaptation Starring James Franco to Hit Movie Theaters

ofmiceandmenIf you missed James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men in New York, don’t worry you may get your chance to see the play just yet.

The National Theatre Live filmed a performance of the Anna D. Shapiro-directed play and will be broadcasting the piece in movie theaters around the globe beginning on November 6th. Known for broadcasting filmed theatrical performances from UK theaters, this is the first time the National Theater Live has filmed a Broadway production.

The production company has yet to release their full theatrical screening schedule, but you can sign up for email alerts at this link.

Read a Lost Chapter From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

charlieandthechocolateRoald Dahl‘s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the new release contains a couple of previously unreleased chapters, which were edited out of an early draft of the original book. Vanity Fair has published one of these chapters entitled, “The Warming-Candy Room.”

Here is more from Vanity Fair:

In “The Warming Candy Room,” three boys neglect to heed Mr. Wonka’s warnings and eat too many of his soft-centered “warming candies,” and end up “bursting with heat.” The boys do not appear elsewhere in the book, betraying a key characteristic of Dahl’s writing process. “One of the things that was quite interesting about Dahl was that he didn’t really look backward over his work,” Sturrock explains. “It’s not as if this was just the one missing chapter; there are many bits and pieces of the book that fell along the wayside. Once he decided that something wasn’t working, he just moved on.”

This isn’t the first new chapter to make the rounds. Last month, The Guardian published another early chapter that was cut called, “The Vanilla Fudge Room.” The new book has also brought out about a controversial new book cover and a golden ticket sweepstakes.

Oprah Winfrey, Dav Pilkey, & David Mitchel Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Captain UnderpantsWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel: “Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as ‘the radio people,’ Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena.” (September 2014)

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B&N’s Nook Partners With ESI Media on UK Literacy Push

esimediaBarnes & Noble’s Nook Media has forged a partnership with ESI Media, the commercial department of The London Evening Standard and The Independent, for an initiative that promotes reading in London schools with low literacy rates.

The Get London Reading program, now in its second year will encourage reading in a number of ways.There will be a public read-a-thon (last year’s attracted 20,000 people) and award winning theater actress Cush Jumbo will visit a London primary school to read to kids.

Nook’s part in all of this includes sponsorship of the Best Play accolade at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and on-going support for the London Evening Standard Get London Reading campaign. They will also provide eReaders for public readings and will be giving away eBooks.

Harlan Coben Inks Four-Book Deal With Dutton

coben2Author Harlan Coben has landed a four-book deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Ben Sevier, vice president and editor-in-chief at Dutton, will continue to edit Coben’s manuscripts. Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency negotiated the deal on Coben’s behalf.

Here’s more from the press release: “With more than 60 million books in print in over 40 languages worldwide, Coben’s last seven consecutive novels including his most recent, Missing You, have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and on lists around the world…Coben’s third young adult novel featuring Mickey Bolitar, Found, went on sale this week and his next adult stand-alone thriller, The Stranger will come out on March 24th, 2015.” (Photo CreditClaudio Marinesco)

R.L. Stine Reveals ‘Fear Street’ Origins in a Wattpad Essay

Fear StreetR.L. Stine has revealed the back story for Fear Street on Wattpad. The two-page essay, entitled “How did FEAR STREET become the street where your worst nightmares live?“, reveals the origins of this popular young adult series. What do you think?

Stine also posted a three-part excerpt from the forthcoming book, Party Games. This project marks Stine’s return to Fear Street after an extended hiatus. St. Martin’s Press will release the book on September 30, 2014.

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