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Book Christmas Tree Farm 2012

Happy holidays! GalleyCat readers around the world have been building Book Christmas Trees all month.

After we shared a photo of a Book Christmas Tree, many of our readers started building their own. We’ve collected three trees in our holiday slideshow (embedded above)–a virtual Book Christmas Tree Farm. You can see 21 more trees in last year’s collection.

Building a tree of books is a simple but powerful way to show your support for print books and bookstores in this digital age. If you build your own, be sure to email GalleyCat a photograph.

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Book Christmas Tree Building

What book will you put on top of your book Christmas tree this year? Last year dedicated readers around the country built holiday book trees to celebrate the season (gallery embedded above)

Email GalleyCat a photograph of your book tree this year and we’ll add it to our annual gallery of literary trees. Building a tree of books is a simple but powerful way to show your support for print books and bookstores in this digital age.

Our first Book Christmas Tree Farm was created after we discovered this inspiring picture.

The Book Bjorn Book Trailer

In an interesting twist, a new book trailer from The Onion spends more time telling you how to read a book than it does showing you the book.

All the parents in the GalleyCat audience can relate to The Book Bjorn, a fake infomercial for a sling to help you carry an oversized copy of The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge.

Check it out: “Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge is packed with valuable information–such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one’s self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or ‘pail.’ With more than 1,500 entries spanning all 27 letters of the alphabet, The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.” (Via Little, Brown and Co.)

Kitty Kelley Predicts the End of the Unauthorized Biography

After documenting the lives of iconic figures like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Bushes, and Britain’s royal family, author Kitty Kelley says she doesn’t see much of a future for the genre of biographies and her style of in-depth writing.

“Well, I just think it’s a huge investment of a writer’s time and a publisher’s commitment. This represents four years of my life. This was college,” she says of her latest release, Oprah: A Biography. “You know, we’re in a 24/7 information era…I don’t think you’ll be able to write this kind of book 10 years from now.”

Watch the final installment of our Media Beat interview to find out what Kelley says has been the biggest piece of feedback she’s gotten on the book, plus the answer to the million dollar question: How would she feel if there was a bio about her?

Part 1: Kitty Kelley Says Bio is Not ‘A Takedown’ of Oprah

Part 2: Kitty Kelley Calls Oprah Herself ‘The Biggest Source’ for Bio

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Kitty Kelley Calls Oprah Herself ‘The Biggest Source’ for Bio

Few remember that Oprah Winfrey wasn’t always the beacon of “best life” she is today. Once upon a time, the rising talk show host covered topics like KKK members, Mexican satanic cult murderers, and women who were allergic to their husbands (true story). Unfortunately for the now media mogul, educator, and activist, all of her not so enlightened moments are back in the spotlight thanks to infamous biographer Kitty Kelley.

For Oprah: A Biography, Kelley says she combed through a mountain of information on the icon and spoke to 850 people who either worked with or knew her. “Oprah turns out to be the biggest source of information in this book — THE biggest source. Because I got all the interviews that she’s given over a period of 25 years to radio and television, to newspapers, and to magazines.”

Sidebar: How happy are you that Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist back then?

Part 1: Kitty Kelley Says Bio is Not ‘A Takedown’ of Oprah

Part 3: Kitty Kelley Predicts the End of the Unauthorized Biography

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