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How Advances Worked in 1984

In The Atlantic, PublicAffairs Books founder Peter Osnos wrote an essay about working as a young nonfiction editor 1984–shedding light on how advances used to work.

The article spotlighted bestselling Random House authors Dr. Seuss and James Michener: “Neither author took advances. Their revenues were so large and steady that they had a permanent drawing account and relied on the publisher and their financial advisers to see that the money was properly invested.”

When former-vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro auctioned her manuscript, it sold for $1 million; prior to auction, Osnos was told to offer $50,000. One year later, Osnos paid $1 million to publish politician Tip O’Neill’s memoir Man of the House. Now politicians and celebrities enjoy much larger advances. (via Jose Alfonso Furtado)

Barack Obama Reads Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video of President Barack Obama reading a poetic Dr. Seuss story out loud.

As Obama prepared to read, he announced: “I am going to try to do the best rendition ever of Green Eggs and Ham.”

Do you think he accomplished his goal?

Charlie Sheen Reads His ‘Big White Phone’ Poem

Happy National Poetry Month? In the video embedded above, Charlie Sheen reads his original poem, “Big White Phone.” Sheen self-published a poetry compilation back in the 90′s.

In February, he began pursuing a book deal. Esquire magazine created a Dr. Seuss-stylized-parody cartoon along with a “Charlie Sheen quote generator.”

Speaking of quotes, The Associated Press reports that Sheen has “applied to trademark 22 of his catchphrases including ‘Duh, Winning,’ ‘Vatican Assassin,’ ‘Tiger Blood’ and ‘Rock Star From Mars.’” (via Sarah Weinman)

Random House to Publish New Dr. Seuss Story Compilation

Random House Children’s Books will publish seven Dr. Seuss stories into a hardcover compilation. Seuss published these stories in magazines during the early 1950′s, but this will be the first time they appear in a book.

The collection will feature the following tales: “The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga,” “Gustav the Goldfish,” “Tadd and Todd,” “Steak for Supper,” “The Bippolo Seed,” “The Strange Shirt Spot,” and “The Great Henry McBride.”

Publisher’s Weekly reports: ”Random enhanced the color palette of each story, and an introduction by Seuss scholar and collector Charles D. Cohen explains the significance of these seven stories, not only as lost treasures, but as transitional stories in Dr. Seuss’s career that marked the beginnings of his new philosophy about writing for children.”

Groupon Offers Dr. Seuss Discount

Want a discount with your green eggs and ham? Groupon is offering a 67 percent savings on art from Seuss Prints.

Seuss Prints reproduces the artwork of children’s author Dr. Seuss as decorative prints. Groupon has a special deal with two options for customers: for $29 you can purchase an $89 unframed print, or for $49 you can buy a $118 framed print.

Here’s more about this offer: “Each print comes with an artist biography and unframed prints are slipped into a protective envelope for shipping to prevent smearing, crinkling, and acts of sabotage by jealous Richard Scary characters. Seuss Prints crafts only 2,500–5,000 of each image, and today’s deal expires in two months, so Groupon holders must act quickly to acquire a print.”

Michelle Obama to Kick Off Read Across America Day

First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured, via) will kick off the 14th annual national Read Across America Day. Along with U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, she will read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham in honor of Seuss’ 107th birthday.  Actress Jessica AlbaTop Chef, TV host Padma Lakshmi, and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver will also appear.

Here’s more about the event from its official website: “[National Education Association] NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.”

Readers can log on to the site to make reading pledges. So far California boasts the most reading pledges  in the United States with 334 submissions. The site has also collected international pledges from readers in Brazil, Finland, Germany, and Turkmenistan.

What Books Should Be Adapted Next?

Bloggers have speculated for months about about dream casts for The Hunger Games film.

Inspired by these imaginary lists, we’d like to know–what books would you like to see turned into movies? In the comments, share your dream project: the book, author, ideal director, dream cast, tagline, and reason why it would make a good TV show or movie.

Below, we suggested a children’s book that could make a good animated   film–Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss. Keep reading to find out why…

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University of Chicago Press Republishes ‘The Golden Primer’

Professor J. M. D. Meiklejohn wrote The Golden Primer in 1884, teaching 19th Century children how to read. Book Bench reports that the University of Chicago Press has recently republished his primer.

Here’s more about the book: “Meiklejohn advocates methods for teaching literacy that are still in use, encouraging the nascent reader to interact with words on the page, point to them, count them, and incorporate them into phrases and rhyming verse. The new edition reproduces the original text in facsimile alongside Walter Crane’s gorgeous Arts and Crafts-style illustrations.”

The 64-page book sells for $14.95. What books helped teach you how to read? This GalleyCat contributor had a particular fondness for Dr. Seuss‘ rhyme tomes and Stan & Jan Berenstain‘s picture book series.

Danny DeVito to Star in Adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Actor Danny DeVito will voice an orange environmentalist in an animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss‘ beloved book, The Lorax. The film joins a long list of Seuss adaptations: The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Horton Hears a Who.

Zac Efron will play the human hero, Ted (named after Theodore Seuss Geisel), and Betty White will play his grandmother. The two villains will be voiced by Ed Helms and Rob Riggle. Helms will play Once-ler while Riggle will voice a new villainous creation.

The film will be shot in 3-D and release is tentatively set for 2012. The video embedded above shows a clip from the animated musical television special of The Lorax developed by CBS back in 1972.

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100,000 Stories Before Bed for Military Parents

Have you ever done a funny voice for Sam I Am in Dr. SeussGreen Eggs & Ham? Have you acted our scenes in your pajamas from Maurice Sendak‘s Where the Wild Things Are? The storytelling app A Story Before Bed will extend this bedtime ritual for military service overseas–offering 100,000 free story recordings for our troops.

Using the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app, military service people can produce videos of themselves reading a story to their children. The company has already  given away 3,400 recordings to our troops. Earlier this year, we interviewed A Story Before Bed founder Hillel Cooperman about his iPad app. The video embedded above introduces the project.

Here’s more about the project:  “The team behind A Story Before Bed is dedicated to connecting children with parents, grandparents, and loved ones through reading. And we’re especially dedicated to connecting families and loved ones who can’t always be together. When parents give up seeing their children for weeks or months at a time in the service of their country, we want to do our small part. Parents who are members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed away from their children for any amount of time are eligible to sign up for free recordings from A Story Before Bed.”

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