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Authors Volunteer to Serve as Guest Booksellers at Independent Bookstores

2228_51171819722_1401_nHave you ever imagined getting recommendations from a National Book Award-winning author while shopping at a bookstore? On November 30th (aka “Small Business Saturday“), bibliophiles may meet some of their favorite writers serving as guest booksellers at independent bookstores.

Some of the authors who have volunteered to take part include Wild novelist Cheryl StrayedBattle Bunny writer Jon Scieszka (pictured, via), and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie. Follow this link to view a map of the participating bookstores.

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World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Reese Witherspoon To Produce Another Knopf Book

Reese Witherspoon will produce an adaptation of J. Courtney Sullivan‘s The Engagements, a novel that won’t be published until June 11. Deadline Hollywood had the scoop:

The novel tells a deeply romantic story that follows a diamond engagement ring from the 1930s to the present, connecting five very different relationships in surprising and unexpected ways. Witherspoon might be part of an ensemble cast.

Witherspoon is already working on adaptations of Wild by Cheryl Strayed (also published by Knopf) and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (published by Crown, another Random House imprint).

Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed

With 11,525 votes, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. Earning 20,328 votes, Veronica Roth was named Best Goodreads Author for Insurgent.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list?

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Goodreads Choice Awards Open For Voting

Goodreads has opened up voting for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, a contest in which readers can decide on the best books of the year. Books up for nomination include titles from Junot Díaz, Barbara Kingsolver, Damien Echols, Cheryl Strayed, Baratunde Thurston and many more.

The site, which now counts 12 million members, has nominated 15 books in each category and users are invited to vote on their favorites. The nominees are based on the number of ratings and average ratings on the site. Here is more from the Goodreads blog: “We analyzed statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominated books based on the number of ratings and average rating. A nomination is truly an honor because it comes straight from the readers!”

This opening round of voting lasts through November 12th. Readers will have two more chances to vote after this round.

Gillian Flynn Inks Movie Deal for Gone Girl

Thriller novelist Gillian Flynn has just landed a “seven-figure” deal with 20th Century Fox for the movie rights to her bestseller, Gone Girl. The novelist will write the screenplay.

Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon will produce the Gone Girl project. Witherspoon also optioned Wild by Cheryl Strayed earlier this year. If you want to explore the book, check out our Gone Girl library post.

Deadline Hollywood had the scoop: “Flynn, who has three novels on the bestseller lists all at once, has two other movie projects in the works. Dark Places has Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing.”

Amazon Editors Pick the 20 Best Books of 2012 So Far

Today Amazon editors revealed their picks for the best books of the year so far. The top ten books on the list were all published by the Big Six publishers–no Amazon Publishing, indie presses or self-published titles.

The editors also picked their top ten books in all the popular categories: biographies & memoirs, business & investing, cookbooks, food & wine, crafts, hobbies & home, literature & fiction, mystery & thrillers, nonfiction, romance, science fiction & fantasy, comics & graphic novels, and teens,  middle grade and picture books for kids.

Here’s more from Amazon: “Customers can also enter the Best Books of the Year So Far Sweepstakes on the Amazon.com Books Facebook page through July 23 for a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire devices, each accompanied by a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or over. Learn more [here] and enter for a chance to win.”

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Oprah Winfrey Relaunches Her Book Club with ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed

Oprah Winfrey has relaunched her book club, celebrating Wild by Cheryl Strayed in a video (embedded above) about “Book Club 2.0.” Her announcement has already earned 16,000 “likes” on Facebook.

The New York Times broke the news last week with a Winfrey video and story. “I was reading this book. As a real book. Holding up the book. I was on the edge of my seat reading the book and I was like, ‘Where is The Oprah Winfrey Show when you need to announce and tell everybody about this book? I need the book club.’ So I created Book Club 2.0 for this book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed!” cheered Winfrey, waving the book in a video presentation.

The new club will feature social media components, annotated eBooks and be tied in with Winfrey’s cable station.

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Mark Z. Danielewski Shares 30-Second Writing Advice

House of Leaves novelist Mark Z. Danielewski shared a 30-second bit of writing advice over at the Knopf Doubleday YouTube page. It is a deceptively simple tip and chance to meet the author.

The video series includes nearly 28 brief and useful interviews other writers, including: Wild author Cheryl Strayed, Gods Without Men novelist Hari Kunzru and The Vanishers author Heidi Julavits.

Who would you like to see interviewed next? (Via Reddit Lit Video)

Cheryl Strayed Revealed as Dear Sugar Columnist

At an event last night, author Cheryl Strayed revealed that she is the writer behind the “Dear Sugar” column at The Rumpus.

People have speculated for months about the identity of the pseudonymous advice columnist at the online literary journal. Strayed is the author of Torch and the forthcoming memoir, Wild.

The New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog has an interview with Strayed: “My friend Steve Almond had been writing the column and he no longer wanted to do it, so he e-mailed me and asked if I’d like to take it over. It just so happened that I was in the midst of this tiny lull in my writing life—only days before, I’d sent the first draft of my memoir Wild to my editor in New York, and I was waiting for her notes. So when Steve asked I thought, ‘Why not?’ I said yes within about thirty seconds of receiving his e-mail and then about thirty seconds later I thought of all the reasons I really should’ve said no.” (Link via Sarah Weinman)

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