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Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has become one of the most beloved short stories written by humorist James Thurber.

The story follows Walter Mitty “who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.” Ben Stiller served as both the director and lead actor for a film adaptation that will be released on Christmas Day.

To promote his movie, Stiller sat with Audible for an interview and recorded himself reading the Thurber tale. Follow this link to download the unabridged audiobook for free. What do you think? (via USA Today)

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Tumblr & Twitter Celebrity Kelly Oxford Lands Book Deal

Blogger Kelly Oxford has inked a book deal with two different HarperCollins imprints, It Books and HarperCollinsCanada. Oxford (pictured) writes a popular blog and has over 100,000 Twitter followers.

It Books editorial director Cal Morgan and HarperCollinsCanada nonfiction editor Kate Cassaday acquired the book for their respective imprints.  William Morris Endeavor agent Erin Malone negotiated the deal in a two auctions. Last month Oxford also sold a sitcom about her life to CBS Studios entitled The Mother of All Something. The book and television show will explore her life as a wife and mom.

Here’s more from the release: “Oxford is a wife and mother of three who lives in Calgary. A blogger since the 1990s, she has a wide and growing following on Twitter … In March 2010, she performed alongside Ben Stiller, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, and other celebrities in A Night of 140 Tweets, a fundraising event for Haitian earthquake relief in LA, which brought together the biggest names on Twitter. Her Tumblr has received more than 2 million hits in the last nine months alone.

Jim Carrey to Star in Mr. Popper’s Penguins Adaptation

9780316058421_154X233.jpgActor Jim Carrey has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Freaky Friday director Mark Waters will direct, and the script was written by Sean Anders and John Morris. Written by Richard and Florence Atwater in the late 1930s, the book has been a favorite of grade school teachers and readers. In April, rumors surfaced that Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach were considering the project.

Here’s more from the article: “The film is on the fast track at Fox and will begin production in October in New York … In the new version, Carrey plays a New York businessman who receives a half-dozen penguins who wreak havoc on his business and apartment before he finds important life lessons in their presence.”

Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach May Adapt Mr. Popper’s Penguins

9780316058421_154X233.jpgWhile no deal has been struck, director Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are considering an adaptation of the 1939 Newbery Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Written by Richard and Florence Atwater in the late 1930s, the book has been a favorite of grade school teachers and readers. According to Variety, both the filmmaker and the actor are in discussions with 20th Century Fox about the film.

Here’s more from the article: “‘Mr. Popper’ is the tale of a house painter whose dreams of Arctic exploration prompt him to write letters to real explorers. One of them sends him a penguin, which he keeps in an icebox. Soon, Mr. Popper receives a female penguin from a zoo and before he knows it, he has a litter of 12 beaked birds.”