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Publishers Lunch Excerpts Most Buzzed About Upcoming Books in Free eBook Collection

buzzbooksPublishers Lunch has released Buzz Books, a free eBook collection of excerpts from “32 of the most buzzed-about books scheduled for publication this fall and winter.”

Buzz Books 2014 Fall/Winter includes excerpts from: Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking; Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves; Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist; and Neil Patrick Harris’ Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, among many others.

In addition, Publishers Lunch has also published Buzz Books 2014: Young Adult, a similar collection of excerpts for YA novels. The book includes excerpts from Meg Wolitzer‘s Belzhar; Ellen Hopkins’ Rumble; Eric Kahn Gale’s The Zoo at the Edge of the World; and Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Bombay Blues, among others.

Both titles are available to readers in the U.S. for free through NetGalley.

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Ellen Hopkins Launches Ventana Sierra Nonprofit

New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has launched a nonprofit called Ventana Sierra.

Here’s more about the organization: “Through their various careers in social work, the news media, and children’s publishing, the founding members of Ventana Sierra became acutely aware of the plight of young adults who desired college or career training, but were financially unable to accomplish their goals … Ventana Sierra was formed specifically to help highly motivated young people like these to build solid career paths toward a more positive future.”

In an effort to raise money, Hopkins will be hosting a writers conference set to take place from June 14th to 16th. This conference also has a one-day workshop for young writers on the schedule; there will be no charge for this particular event. The video embedded above features Hopkins talking about this social venture–what do you think?

Andrew Phillips Named Next Author Solutions CEO

Penguin International president Andrew Phillips has been named the next CEO of Author Solutions, the self-publishing business purchased by Penguin.

He will start in July. Current CEO Kevin Weiss “will leave to take up a new position which will be announced separately next week.”

A number of publishing promotions were also announced this week…

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Ellen Hopkins: ‘Experiment with all types of poetry’

Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Hopkins (pictured, via) has been writing poetry throughout her entire life. She first established her professional writing career by penning nonfiction children’s books.

After Simon & Schuster Children’s Books published Crank in 2004, she became well-known for writing novels in verse. Many of her hit titles focus on dark topics including addiction, mental illness, and prostitution. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Michael Chabon, Bob Woodward & Ellen Hopkins Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 16, 2012. Reported by independent booksellers around the country, the list gives you a peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon: “When ex–NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise.” (September 2012)

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward: “The Price of Politics chronicles the inside story of how President Obama and the U.S. Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy and set it on a course to fiscal stability. It spans the three and a half tumultuous years beginning just before Obama’s inauguration in early 2009 and lasting through the summer of 2012.” (September 2012)

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Los Angeles Review of Books Taps YA Authors for Banned Books Week

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) celebrated Banned Books Week with a series of essays by YA authors called “Getting Banned.”

The authors in the Getting Banned essays have all had their work banned or challenged at some point. Follow these links to read essays by Ron Koertge, Ellen Hopkins, Susan Patron, Sonya Sones and Lauren Myracle. LARB‘s YA editor Cecil Castellucci explained: “YA authors are on the front lines of today’s censorship battle.”

The web publication will also publish a two-part essay by English professor Loren Glass about the 1960′s obscenity trials Grove Press faced for publishing William Burroughs‘ Naked Lunch and Henry Miller‘s The Tropic of Cancer. Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich will also publish a Banned Books Week essay on Saturday.

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Bareback Alexander the Great Too Bare for Gift Shops

Golden Mean by A Lyons.jpgThe British Columbia ferry company has pulled The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon from its gift shops’ shelves.

The Guardian explained: “Its jacket–featuring a naked man lying on the back of an equally naked white horse–is offensive to some. Although stores across Canada and the UK are selling the book, Lyons revealed on her blog that British Columbia ferry company BC Ferries is not stocking it ‘since the trade paperback still features a bare bum on the cover.’”

The Golden Mean tells the story of Alexander the Great’s childhood–as seen through the eyes of his adolescent tutor, Aristotle. The book was shortlisted for Canada’s literary award, the Giller Prize.

Censorship has made headlines around the globe this summer. Last week, Humble, Texas’ Teen Lit Festival cut novelist Ellen Hopkins for her racy literature. Four sympathetic authors subsequently withdrew from the festival in support of Hopkins.