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Johnny Depp Gets Book Imprint & Free Edgar Allan Poe eBooks: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Johnny Depp‘s new publishing imprint, Tom Hanks‘ typewriter bribe and some motivation to stop worrying about book deals and write (video embedded above).

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1. Free Samples of the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

2. Tom Hanks Accepts Depression-Era Typewriter Bribe

3. Stop Worrying About Book Deals & Write

4. Free Edgar Allan Poe eBooks for Halloween

5. What’s Inside Your Writing Survival Kit?

6. 10 Ways to Syndicate Your Online Writing

7. Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

8. Johnny Depp To Launch Book Imprint

9. Halloween Costumes Based on Books

10. How To Pitch This American Life

 

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Johnny Depp To Launch Book Imprint

Johnny Depp is teaming up with HarperCollins to launch a new imprint called that will publish a book on Bob Dylan and a previously unpublished novel by folk legend Woody Guthrie. The imprint will go by the name Infinitum Nihil, the same name as Depp’s production company.

“I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet,” said Depp in a statement. “For this dream realized, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”

The Associated Press broke the news and had more details about the imprint’s books. Check it out: “The Dylan book is scheduled for 2015. Dylan and [Douglas] Brinkley also will collaborate on the editing and publication of a previously announced novel by one of Dylan’s heroes, folk musician Woody Guthrie, who died in 1967. The novel, ‘House of Earth,’ was completed by Guthrie in 1947 but was only recently discovered. It’s scheduled for January.”

West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols To Write Memoir

Damien Echols, one of the three teenagers known as the “West Memphis Three,” is writing a book about spending 18 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.

In the memoir, which is slated for publication from Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press in September 2012, Echols will talk about his experience.

The release explains more about the book: “The as-yet untitled book will be Echols’ account of the trial proceedings and eighteen years spent on death row, including his personal and public quest for exoneration, his prison diaries, and accounts of support from his wife and friends including Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Henry Rollins and others.”

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The Rum Diary Trailer Released

The first trailer for the adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson‘s The Rum Diary has been released.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? It will hit theaters in late October this year. As we previously noted, Oscar nominee Johnny Depp stars in this film about young writer living in Puerto Rico.

Depp actually played Thompson in the 1998 adaptation of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. (via Deadline)

West Memphis Three Background Reading

The story of the West Memphis Three is heartbreaking no matter how you look at it. Three teenagers were just released after spending 18 years in prison–convicted on flimsy evidence of murdering three little boys.

The teens were characterized as Satanists because they read Anne Rice and Stephen King books, and listened to heavy metal. The controversial case has been the subject of an array of films and books including a new documentary that is currently at the Toronto Film Festival and a new biopic of the case that director Atom Egoyan has just signed on to direct.

For those readers that want more background on the case, we’ve put together a list of books and documentary films that will tell you how this bizarre case attracted the likes of Peter Jackson, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp. Read more

Johnny Depp To Star in The Thin Man Remake

Johnny Depp will star in an upcoming remake of The Thin Man, a popular 1934 private detective comedy based on one of Dashiell Hammett‘s greatest novels.

What do you think about Depp’s unexpected project? We found this news about one month after it broke, thanks to a New York magazine article about the crazy job of writing screenplays for summer blockbusters.

Here’s more from New York: “Clearly, Depp sees not just a classic detective comedy to be remade (about yet another amusing, high-functioning alcoholic, to boot), but a potential new franchise for himself, too — and perhaps not a terribly expensive one at that. (One would assume that a Thin Man remake wouldn’t involve pricey battle scenes and CGI villains. That said, knowing Hollywood, it may well be set in deep space by the time it’s finished.)”

Slate Publishes Fictional Response from Mick Jagger

A Slate article created a fictional voice for Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger to respond to Keith Richards‘ memoir, Life.

Jagger’s imaginary manuscript includes the following observations: “Why did he write it? Or, rather, having decided to write it all down, why did he devote so much of it to carping about me? Well, he’s not talking about me, really. He’s just trying to get my attention, I think, in the end. The remaining part of the rancor comes from the fact that he knows he lost me, many years ago.”

The Jagger highlights Richards’ unprofessional behavior throughout the years and talk about the band’s long history.  Would you read Jagger’s real memoir? Leave your response in the comments section.

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Johnny Depp Narration, Mad Men Memoir & Pregnancy Comedy: Weekend Reading

As we head home for the weekend, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of publishing headlines to keep you busy. Email GalleyCat to get all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in a daily email newsletter.

We revealed our Book Pitch Party finalists, so follow this link to RSVP–you’ll meet publishing professionals and aspiring writers at the party next week.

We found out that fictional Mad Men character Roger Sterling will publish his memoir in real life.

Danny DeVito will star in an an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, joined by Zac Efron and Betty White.

The parenting handbook What To Expect When You’re Expecting will be adapted as romantic comedy.

Barnes & Noble unveiled a Color Nook (see the video embedded above) and eBook readers debated: was it revolutionary or a mistake?

After considering thousands of actors, director Ang Lee cast unknown Suraj Sharma as the lead in his 3-D Life of Pi adaptation.

Johnny Depp narrated the audiobook for Keith Richards’  memoir, Life.

After protests and governmental negotiations, The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

Still want more? Check out our Weekend Reading archives.

Johnny Depp Narrates Keith Richards’ Audiobook

Johnny Depp reads in the audiobook version of Keith Richards‘ memoir, Life.

The audiobook will also feature readings by musician Joe Hurley and The Rolling Stones guitarist himself.  Both the memoir and the audiobook will be released tomorrow.

Hurley had this statement: “It was a privilege to help tell his story … When you read the book, you feel that Keith’s sitting in a favourite armchair, reflecting, and sharing his wild ride, his life, with just you. The same sense you get from a great singer, he is singing in your ear, no one else.”

Over at The Huffington Post, you can take a Google Maps trip through Richards’ memoir.

Tim Burton Unveils Alice in Wonderland Stills

250px-Alicesadventuresinwonderland1898.jpgUSA Today revealed the first publicity stills from director Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, “Alice in Wonderland.”

The article revealed Johnny Depp‘s Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham‘s Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway‘s White Queen. In addition, the article describes how “Beauty and the Beast” screenwriter Linda Woolverton put a new spin on this surreal story.

Here’s more from the article: “Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.”

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