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Amanda Palmer Stars in Book Trailer

Rock star Amanda Palmer unveiled a book trailer for The Art of Asking. She became inspired to write her new nonfiction book after she gave a TED talk in 2013. In the video embedded above, Palmer plays piano and shares her ideas on asking—do you have any regrets about not asking for something?

At the night of the book launch, she celebrated the publication with an event at Porter Square Books. Click here to listen to her lead the crowd in singing the “Happy Birthday” song to her husband Neil Gaiman. Do you predict that Gaiman and Palmer may collaborate on a writing project one day together?

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: 3 Ways to Use Dramatic Irony

Is your National Novel Writing Month plot stuck? Maybe you need to add in a little irony.

The TED-Ed team partnered with educator Christopher Warner to create videos about both verbal irony and dramatic irony (embedded above). Below, we’ve rounded up three tips on how to incorporate dramatic irony into a story.

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Sean Bean to Star in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’

Sean Bean 200Sean Bean, an actor who has appeared in multiple book adaptations such as Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring movie and the Game of Thrones HBO series, will star in a new six-part crime show called The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Bean (pictured, via) will play the main protagonist, Inspector John Marlott. Production is set to take place in Northern Ireland starting in January. The story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Follow this link to download a free digital copy of the book.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott after a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. As Marlott stands on the water’s edge contemplating the arrests, he makes a shocking discovery: A corpse washed up on the shore is not what it seems at first glance. Instead, it’s a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The mutilated child-like body leaves an indelible impression on Marlott who is tasked by Peel with tracking the perpetrator of this heinous crime.”

Stephen Colbert Stars in Comic Book

PPStephenColbertBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling The Colbert Show host Stephen Colbert.

According to the press release, Hal Hilden wrote the story and Kelly Brine created the artwork.

For Hilden, the “goal was to write a fun little biography, mixing fact with fiction, that hopefully one of Stephen Colbert’s many personas would enjoy reading.”

‘Fat Girl’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

Megan Falley, a spoken word poet and an author, wrote a poem called “Fat Girl.” Falley recited the piece during semifinals at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring her performance earlier this month and it has since drawn over 28,000 views. What do you think?

Eddie Izzard Lands Memoir Deal

Eddie IzzardEnglish stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Blue Rider Press. According to SFGate, “the book will detail Izzard’s career from London street performer to his work onstage and in Hollywood.”

Executive editor Sarah Hochman managed the acquisitions process for this memoir. The publisher has not scheduled a definite publication date; it may be in the Winter of either 2015 or 2016.

R.A. Montgomery Has Died

CYOAR.A. Montgomery, an author and the publisher who founded the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, has died. He was 78-years-old.

Before this popular series became a fixture in his life, Montgomery worked in journalism and education. In 1975, he launched his own company called Vermont Crossroads Press.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “When, in 1977, Ed Packard submitted his choose-your-own-adventure book for young readers, Sugarcane Island, Montgomery leapt at the chance to publish a book that incorporated role-playing principles. But he didn’t stop there — he launched a series then called The Adventures of You and went on to write the follow-up himself. When Montgomery went through a divorce and sold his stake in the press to his ex-wife, he took his series, renamed the Choose Your Own Adventure series, to Bantam.”

Walter Isaacson Declares That This Is a Great Era For Journalism

Walter Isaacson appeared at Google to share his thoughts on the digital revolution and to discuss his new book The Innovators. We’ve embedded the Isaacson’s full talk above—what do you think?

During the Q&A session, Isaacson declared that “journalism is not in demise at all. This is the best era ever for journalism.”

Issacson acknowledges that the business model the industry relies on is not sustainable. He feels that “there is no way advertising will support great journalism alone.” The question now becomes, how will the business evolve to respond to this modern age?

Margaret Atwood Creates a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

Margaret AtwoodHow would Margaret Atwood handle a zombie apocalypse? According to the guide she posted on BuzzFeed, she would camp out at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City because “zombies can’t climb.”

Some of the other helpful tips that Atwood shares include making an alliance with Lord Baden Powell as “it’d be helpful to be with the founder of the Boy Scouts” and staying connected to Twitter because “people are going to want news, not photos of your baby.” What do you think?

Penguin Random House Audio Team Launches The ‘Volumes’ App

VolumesThe Penguin Random House Audio team has developed a new discovery app called “Volumes.”

With this free app, readers can listen to clips from works by Jodi PicoultSophie Kinsella, and Jim Gaffigan. Sometimes, full-length audiobooks will be made available at no charge. At the moment, users can download a free digital copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which features the voice acting talents of Jim Dale.

Her’s more from the press release: “As part of the app’s launch, and to encourage users to give listening a try, Penguin Random House Audio is working with Literacy Partners to donate one audiobook (up to 25,000 audiobooks) for every person that downloads the app and pledges to listen. Listeners can take the pledge on Random House Audio’s Facebook page.” What are your favorite audiobooks?

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