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PEN American Center Kicks Off Fall Event Series

penamericaPEN American Center has kicked off its Fall events series, a lineup of discussions featuring writers, musicians and critics around New York City.

The first night, which took place this past Tuesday, was called ”What Can’t Be Sung” and featured a discussion between The New Yorker‘s music writer Sasha Frere-Jones, Chinese author/filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and the singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.

The next event in the series, “Something to Hide: Writers Against the Surveillance State,” will take place at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The PEN DIY Series, which “celebrates how literature can be approachable yet unexpected, and how it can help us make sense of our lives,” will take place at the Ace Hotel once a month throughout the fall.

Follow this link to see the schedule for the series and read more about the other events.

GalleyCat Exclusive: New York Times to Launch 12 New Monthly Best Sellers Lists

nytlogoThe New York Times team plans to implement several changes to the book review section over the next few months.

Henceforth, The New York Times Book Review will feature twelve new best sellers lists. These new monthly lists will cover the following genres: politics, business, travel, humor, family, relationships, animals, religion, spirituality and faith, celebrities, food and fitness, science, and sports. Other additional lists will be introduced in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Book Review will also, on a rotating basis, publish in print several popular lists that were previously online exclusives. Those include Politics, Manga, Graphic Novels, Food and Fitness…The new layout creates an additional page for print editorial content including reviews, essays and features. The first redesigned issue features an essay by Henry Alford on book etiquette.”

Publishing Jobs: Quirk Books, Phaidon, Random House

This week, Quirk Books is hiring an acquisitions editor, and Phaidon needs a senior publicist. Meanwhile, Random House is seeking a brand manager and paperback publishing manager for Random House Children’s. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Facebook Users Vote For Harry Potter as Book That Stayed With Them

harry potter logoWhat books have you read that stayed with you? Among Facebook users, the most popular answer to this question was Harry Potter.

A meme that recently picked up steam on the social network, had users sharing the top 10 books that had stayed with them. As is typical of a social action, the exercise instructed users, “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

Facebook users took on the challenge and the game went viral. The social network examined the findings to conclude which books were most popular on this list.  Read more

James Franco’s New Book ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ Arrives This Month

hollywooddreamingActor/director James Franco has a new book coming out from Insight Editions later on this month called Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

In his latest work, The Paris American’s “Poet of the Week” from April, tells his story of coming up in Hollywood through poetry, short stories, photos and paintings. USA Today has an excerpt of the new work. Here is a sample:

When I say I’m a clown, it means that I don’t fear embarrassment. That means that my inhibitions are nil; that I know how to take off the restraints and dance; that I can dance, and sing, and write, and perform in such a way that I can make people laugh. I have the power to make people laugh. Yes, I can make them cry too, but it’s the power of laughter that is more valuable.

How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?: INFOGRAPHIC

infographicPersonal Creations has created an infographic called, “How Long Does It Take to Read Popular Books?” which explores how long it takes to read different titles.

According to the graphic, it takes an average of 32.63 hours to read Leo Tolstoy‘s War & Peace and 60.23 hours to read the entire Harry Potter series of books. While titles like Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Erich Segal’s Love Story can be read in under two hours.

Here is more about how they calculated reading time:

We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute, which will give you an approximate gauge of how long it will take any of the following great books.

Check out the entire graphic after the jump.

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Ronald Miskoff & Liz Fuerst Collaborate On ‘9/11 Stories: The Children’

911 Student Journalism ProjectRonald Miskoff and Liz Fuerst, two professors from the Rutgers University Department of Journalism & Media Studies, have compiled a digital anthology entitled 9/11 Stories: The Children.

The stories were sourced from the 9/11 Student Journalism Project. The participating student reporters spoke with 20 children who lost a parent and 1 parent who lost a child from the September 11th attacks.

The ibook itself contains original interviews, photographs, and videos. The funds generated by book sales will be donated to a 9/11 educational foundation under the direction of the North Jersey Media Group.

SelfMadeHero Publishes a Graphic Novel Adaptation of ‘The Man Who Laughs’

The Man Who LaughsSelfMadeHero, an imprint at ABRAMS, has released The Man Who Laughs. Writer David Hine and artist Mark Stafford teamed up for this graphic novel adaptation of Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit.

The original book was first published in France back in 1869. Follow this link to access a free digital copy of Hugo’s novel (English language edition).

Since its publication, Hugo’s story has been well regarded within the comics community. It has sparked other graphic novel adaptations and also served as the inspiration for Batman’s infamous nemesis, The Joker.

HarperCollins to Sell English Language eBooks in China

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers will begin selling English language eBook titles in China through a partnership with  with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC). This is the first time that the publisher has sold eBooks to consumers in China through a local retailer.

At launch, about 800 HarperCollins backlist eBooks will be available through JD.com. This includes: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”

88% of Americans Under 30 Have Read a Book in the Last Year: Pew Research

pewlogoEighty-eight percent of Americans under 30 read a book in the past year, which is more than older Americans, according to a new report form Pew Research. The report revealed that 79 percent of Americans 30 and older had read a book in the last year.

The research investigated how young Americans are using libraries. The report revealed that millennials are just as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past year. The report also found that this group is more likely to have used a library website in the past year than older Americans. While millennials admit to knowing where their local library is, many reported that they are unfamiliar with all of the services the library offers.

Here is more from the report: “Among those ages 16-29, 50% reported having used a library or bookmobile in the course of the past year in a September 2013 survey. Some 47% of those 30 and older had done so. Some 36% of younger Americans used a library website in that time frame, compared with 28% of those 30 and older.”

 

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