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Stephen Colbert Challenges Fans to Make ‘California’ a ‘New York Times’ Bestseller

Due to the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette, consumers cannot pre-order Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, on Amazon. When comedian Stephen Colbert first launched his war against Amazon, he asked his followers to buy a copy from Powell’s Books online shop.

We’ve embedded a clip from The Colbert Report TV show where Colbert announced that 6,400 purchases have been made and Lepucki’s book currently occupies the #1 spot on the Powell’s bestseller list. Now, he has issued a new challenge for his fans; purchase California from your local bookstore and help it become a New York Times bestseller.

In addition to Colbert, several members of the literary community have publicly shared their opinions about Amazon vs. Hachette feud including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and The Ocean at the End of the Lane author Neil Gaiman. Where do you stand on this matter? (via Latin Post)

Neil Gaiman Speaks Out on the Dispute Between Amazon & Hachette

Neil GaimanMany members of the literary community have been greatly concerned about the Amazon vs. Hachette dispute. Renowned writer Neil Gaiman sat for an interview with Salon and voiced his opinion on this hotly-debated subject.

Gaiman revealed that he has many reasons to feel anger towards Amazon, but he is also trying to keep in mind “that what you’re seeing right now, is huge, giant-level dealings between huge corporations both under non-disclosure, and every time I try to actually read enough stuff to figure out what’s going on here, what I run into is lots of ‘We can’t say anything, but he says,’ and ‘We can’t say anything, but she says.’”

Like The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Gaiman loves bookstores and wishes “to see is more and more healthy, independent bookshops.” Where do you stand on this? What do you think the future holds for the relationship between publishers and Amazon?

Neil Gaiman Doodles in a Book For a Charity Auction

Neil Gaiman OceanNeil Gaiman has donated a special tour book edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane for a charity eBay auction.

This particular copy features Gaiman’s signature on the cover. The interior contains a doodle he drew called “The Clown-shoes of Cthulhu.”

Thus far, this item has drawn 30 bids and is currently priced at $610. Bidding will be closed on May 18th. The proceeds will be given to The Neurofibromatosis Network.

Neil Gaiman On the Value of Ghost Stories

Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman headlined “a semi-secret late-night event” during the TED 2014 conference. Brain Pickings reports that Gaiman performed recitations of a ghost story and an essay entitled “Ghost in the Machine.”

Here’s an excerpt from Gaiman’s readings: “We have been telling each other tales of otherness, of life beyond the grave, for a long time; stories that prickle the flesh and make the shadows deeper and, most important, remind us that we live, and that there is something special, something unique and remarkable about the state of being alive. Fear is a wonderful thing, in small doses.”

Press play in the Soundcloud player embedded above to listen. In his essay, Gaiman discusses human society’s history with terrifying tales and the value of ghost stories. During the event, Gaiman also talked about why he agrees with J.R.R. Tolkien and Maurice Sendak’s idea that “there is no such thing as ‘children’s’ books” and “the ghosts of today that terrify” him.

Authors Dress Up For ’26 Characters’ Photography Exhibit

Neil-Gaiman-as-BadgerThe Storytelling Museum, an institution based in the U.K., will host an exhibit called “26 Characters: celebrating childhood story heroes.” This art show features photographs of writers dressed as their favorite childhood literary character.

This exhibition will be on view from April 5th to November 2nd. Photogapher Cambridge Jones captured the pictures of these authors. Some of the authors who took part include Malorie Blackman, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman.

According to the museum’s official website, Blackman transformed herself into the Wicked Witch of the West and Pratchett sat for his portrait as William Brown from Just William. Gaiman (pictured, via) revealed in a blog post that he drew inspiration from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows and chose to wear a Badger costume. Will you be seeing this installation?

Neil Gaiman on Copyright Piracy: VIDEO

Neil Gaiman doesn’t think that book piracy is all bad. In fact, in the video above Gaiman revealed that when his books were shared illegally online, his book sales actually went up 300 percent at independent book stores.

We’ve embedded the entire video for you to check out. (Via Reddit).

HarperCollins to Publish Neil Gaiman Short Story as an Illustrated Book

TruthIsACaveHarperCollins will release Neil Gaiman’s short story, “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” as a full-fledged book in June 2014. According to Gaiman’s blog post, artist Eddie Campbell created illustrations for this project.

In the past, this story appeared in an anthology (co-edited by Gaiman) called Stories. Shortly after Stories was published, the Sydney Opera House commissioned Gaiman to transform his story into a 90-minute multimedia show.

“The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” show was part of their 2010 Graphic Festival. Now, Gaiman has lined up four dates to perform it; he will be at the Warfield in San Francisco on June 25th and two days later, Gaiman will take his show to Carnegie Hall in New York City. Following those U.S. performances, Gaiman will fly to London for two shows at the Barbican.

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HarperCollins to Release ‘The Graveyard Book’ as a Graphic Novel

graphic novelHarperCollins will publish a graphic novel adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning title, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

The first volume will be released on July 29, 2014 and the second one will follow on September 30, 2014. Eisner Award winner P. Craig Russell worked on adapting the story. Russell and a team of artists worked on the illustrations.

According to Gaiman’s blog post, each artist tackles the artwork for one chapter. Besides Russell, the artistic crew includes Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, Stephen B. Scott, and David Lafuente. What do you think?

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Launches Book Club

wolfhallThe Wall Street Journal has introduced a book club that is led by authors. Every month a guest host picks a book by another author and then acts as a guide for readers on Twitter. Book club participants can ask questions through the social network using the hashtag #WSJbookclub.

For the first month, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is the host and the book is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. In February, Gilbert will lead an online discussion about the work. “It’s one of the greatest stories in history. Henry VIII. There’s hardly a better tale of intrigue,” Gilbert told The Wall Street Journal, about her choice. “It’s sex and politics and power and madness and violence. It’s “Game of Thrones.” It’s got everything that you could possibly want.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 650 people have already signed up.  Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn will serve as author hosts in coming months. Follow this link to sign up.

 

Neil Gaiman on the Cartoon Arthur

Author Neil Gaiman has appeared on the Canadian/American cartoon Arthur. In the episode he gives a young writer advice on writing her graphic novel. We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

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