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Jeff Kinney Hopes to Revitalize Physical Books With His New Store

Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and his wife Julie will be moving forward with the development of their new bookstore. In an interview with The Atlantic, the couple discussed their plans for this new retail project. Ideally, this bookstore and café will allow the people of Plainville, Massachusetts to enjoy physical books and a variety of activities (e.g. jewelry workshops, karaoke, wine tastings) so that it becomes a community space.

For Kinney (pictured, via), “a physical book has a heft, a permanence that you don’t get digitally. So our hope is that the bookstore will remain a vital, important part of communities across the country and the world. We hope that the disappearance of such stores has leveled off.”

When asked about how Kinney’s status as a beloved author will help with this business venture, he answered: “To make it work, we know it has to be a destination—we have to bring people in from Plainville and surrounding town. We’ll be leveraging the notoriety that my work has to a certain degree. But it’s not about me. By no means is this a Jeff Kinney store. This has to outlive me.” Do you plan to visit the Kinneys’ bookstore one day?

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Creator Jeff Kinney to Open a Bookstore

Jeff KinneyWriter and artist Jeff Kinney (pictured, via) revealed at BookExpo America that he and his wife plan to open a bookstore. The Associated Press reports that the couple intends to transform an abandoned general store located in Plainville, Massachusetts.

Besides this book selling venture, Kinney has also been hard at work on the ninth installment of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books, an imprint at ABRAMS, has scheduled a release date for The Long Haul on November 04, 2014. (via Fishbowl NY)

Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award

rushlimbaughRush Limbaugh has won Author of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his latest kids book Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.

Kids could vote for their favorite author, illustrator and book of the year online between March 25th and May 12th. Limbaugh beat Jeff KinneyRick RiordanVeronica Roth and Rachel Renee Russell, who were also finalists in the category.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday night in New York. Limbaugh blogged about his experience at the ceremony on his website. “I have to tell you, there were so many immigrants that came up to me before the event started, when everybody was being seated and during the event, and they were telling me what coming to America meant to them,” he wrote. “One of them was the photographer, one of the official photographers for the event.  There were a lot of people that were working the event that came up and wanted me to understand how much America had meant to them, and it was really great.”

Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Was The Bestselling Book of 2013: USA Today

inferno304Dan Brown‘s Inferno was the bestselling book of 2013, according to USA Today‘s Bestsellers list which tracked book sales in the US from Dec. 31, 2012-Dec. 29, 2013.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was No. 2 on the list. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney reached No. 3 on the list. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks was No. 4 and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the No. 5 bestselling book of the year.

Here is more from USA Today:

Of the best sellers tracked by USA TODAY each week, 80% were fiction. That’s the highest since the list was begun in 1993, breaking 2011′s record of 78%. The top non-fiction book of 2013 at No. 9 was Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Their 2012 book, Killing Kennedy, continued to sell last year, finishing at No. 61.

Jeff Kinney & Dav Pilkey to Headline ‘Story Smashup’ Webcast

ScholasticHighResDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and Captain Underpants series creator Dav Pilkey will appear together at a free webcast. The online event will take place on January 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.

Scholastic has arranged for Kinney and Pilkey to collaborate on a “Story Smashup” project. The two children’s literature titans will use suggestions from an audience of children to construct an original story.

According to the press release, the event is meant to teach viewers “how to write a story—exploring character, setting, plot, action, and more. The webcast will be globally accessible for free starting January 15, 2014, and afterward for replay, at www.scholastic.com/kpwebcast.”

Jeff Kinney is Developing a ‘Wimpy Kid’ Animated Holiday Special

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Author Jeff Kinney has a holiday-themed Wimpy Kid animation project in the pipeline. In an interview with School Library Journal, he revealed that the storyline will be loosely based on book six, Cabin Fever.

Kinney elaborated: “it departs and it follows its own beat, I guess you could say. It will have new material.” He hopes to have it finished and ready for release sometime in 2014.

Besides developing this animated film, Kinney will also be busy with a book tour promoting the eight installment of the The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books will publish Hard Luck on November 5th.

Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year

The 2013 Children’s Choice Book Award winners have been revealed. Jeff Kinney took author of the year award and John Green won the teen book of the year prize.

We’ve linked to free samples of all the winners below. How many have you read? Here’s more from the release:

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the sixth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBAs) at a charity gala benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City last night.  The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 13-19, 2013) as the CCBAs is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at bookweekonline.com, casting more than 1,000,000 votes.

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Kids Can Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

The 2013 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 19th to May 9th.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 13th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers and young-adult novelists dominate. The nominees include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Heroes of Olympus 3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid & Goya’s Glass Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Monika Zgustova will discuss her book Goya’s Glass at a reading and conversation event with Kateřina Lišková. See them on Monday, November 19th at Bohemian National Hall starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Jeff Kinney will head to Books of Wonder to sign copies of his newest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Join the fun on Tuesday, November 20th starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Series To Be Released As eBooks

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney will soon be available digitally. The first six volumes in the series are available for preorder from Amazon and will be available on October 30th.

Praising the eBook release, Amazon.com children’s book editor Seira Wilson said it was “our top-selling kid’s series for 2012.” Kinney, who has kept his books from going digital thus far, told the Associated Press: ”The decision came after a lot of thought and deliberation … I am very excited about this. It feels like the time is right.”

Kinney’s latest edition in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, which comes out November 13th, will be released as both a hardcover and an eBook. The publisher ABRAMS’ Amulet imprint at has ordered a first printing of 6.5 million copies.  (Via Sarah Weinman).

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