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Kazu Kibuishi & Yoav Litvin Get Booked

Amulet SixHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Books of Wonder will host a launch party for Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien. Check it out on Tuesday, August 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Original Superman Comic Sells For $3.2M on eBay

actioncomicsA mint condition first edition copy of Action Comics #1, the first comic book featuring Superman has sold on eBay for more than $3.2 million.

Darren Adams, the owner of Pristine Comics in Washington State, received 48 bids on the comic, which was originally published in 1938. He sold it to an unnamed buyer. Here is an excerpt from the eBay listing:

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

(Via NPR Books).

Fantasy Authors Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Coraline author Neil Gaiman was challenged by his wife, musician Amanda Palmer, to take on the #IceBucketChallenge. The video embedded above features Gaiman performing the act with assistance from a group of friends. In addition to having a bucket of ocean water and ice thrown over his head, Gaiman names a new set of challengers that includes A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.

The video below features Martin completing the challenge. Prior to getting hit with the buckets, Martin uttered a quote from his beloved fantasy series: “God help us all, but Winter is coming.” Gaimain responded on Facebook by saying: “Dear George. I’m sorry. (I’m not sorry.)”

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3D Printed Storybooks For Visually Impaired Children

3dprintedbookResearchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have designed a series of children’s books for the visually impaired.

U-Boulder’s Tactile Picture Books Project uses 3D printing technology to turn classic children’s books including Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and Harold and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon into books with three dimensional tactile experiences.

Colorado.edu has more: “The main idea is to represent 2D graphics in a 3D, tactile way on a scale appropriate for the cognitive abilities and interests of young children, said Yeh. The team combines this information with computational algorithms — essentially step-by-step instructions for mathematical calculations — providing an interface that allows parents, teachers and supporters to print their own customized picture books using 3D computers.” (Via Electric Literature).

Can I Use That Picture?: INFOGRAPHIC

caniusethatpictureLooking for images to use in your book or on your blog? It’s important that you get the right permission or find an image that is available in the public domain.

The Visual Communications Guy has created an infographic called “Can I Use That Picture?” to help publishers navigate what they can and can’t use. Check it out: “Knowing the copyright laws for using images can be a bit tricky. Follow this series of questions to know if you can use a picture for your purposes or not.”

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

Cover Unveiled For Frank Warren’s New ‘PostSecret’ Book

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The cover for Frank Warren’s forthcoming book, The World of PostSecret, has been unveiled. What do you think?

William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on November 04, 2014. To learn more about the PostSecret project, follow this link to watch Warren’s TED talk.

Napa Libraries Close Today as Librarians Reshelve Books After Earthquake

napalibraryLibraries across Napa County, CA will be closed today as librarians work to put their collections back together after this weekend’s earthquake.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake knocked books from the shelves, leaving the library in a shambles. The organization revealed the closures on Facebook yesterday sharing the photo on the right.

“We hope you and your families are safe and well,” read the post. “All Napa County Libraries will be closed tomorrow while we put ourselves back together. I think we have some shelving work ahead of us. Wouldn’t you agree?” Many patrons commented on the Facebook post volunteering to help clean up.

David Sedaris Shares Photo of Hugh

davidsedarisAuthor David Sedaris has been writing about his partner Hugh Hamrick for years. In a recent column penned for The Guardian, Sedaris has published a photo of Hamrick, alongside a new story about his partner of 23 years.

In the story The One that Got Away, Sedaris decides to ask Hamrick for the first time, how many people he’d slept with before they became a couple.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

Every man ticked off on his fingers was someone I’d been compared to at one point or another, not overtly – he’s anything but cruel – but surely it happened. Someone kissed better than me. Someone had more stamina, a more seductive voice. I’m confident enough to compete against a dozen of his exes, but he was moving on to the population of a small town.

 

Texas Pastor Urges Library to Pull Twilight Books

NewmoonA pastor in Texas has filed a complaint about vampire books in the YA section of his local library and asked that the titles be removed. Rachel Mead’s Blood Promise, Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series were all cited in his complaint.

Pastor Phillip Missick claims that the titles are “dark,” “sexual” and “dangerous for our kids.” ABC News has more:

Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald declined an interview but we have Library Director, Mary Cohn’s response to Missick’s complaint, as well as to a petition he had signed by a handful of local pastors. She noted only five percent of all the 1,500 titles in the teen section deal with occult, vampires and the supernatural, and then spoke to the mission of a public library saying materials should not be chosen or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

New York is Getting a Floating Library

lilacNew York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

Here is more about the project from the website:

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House. Read more

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