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Barbara Walters Declares George R.R. Martin to Be a Fascinating Person

georgerrmartinGeorge R.R. Martin has made it onto the 2014 edition of Barbara Walters’10 Most Fascinating People.”

Martin earned his place on Walters’ list due to the great popularity of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the Game of Thrones TV adaptation; both projects have made a serious mark in pop culture history.

The nine other people alongside Martin include Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, David Koch, and Amal Clooney. (via The Huffington Post)

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Jonathan Franzen to Publish New Novel in 2015

Franzen 200Jonathan Franzen (pictured, via) has been working a new novel entitled Purity.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book in September 2015. Philip Weinstein will share an analysis of Purity in his forthcoming biography, Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “The story centers on a young woman named Purity Tyler, or Pip, who doesn’t know who her father is and sets out to uncover his identity. The narrative stretches from contemporary America to South America to East Germany before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and hinges on the mystery of Pip’s family history and her relationship with a charismatic hacker and whistleblower.”

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Who Would Usher Recruit For a Book Club?

UsherUsher headlined the “Bigger Than Words” webcast at Scholastic headquarters. The Grammy Award-winning recording artist (pictured, via) took part to support the “Open a World of Possible” literacy initiative.

During the event, one kid in the audience asked Usher who he would recruit for a book club. The entertainer named actor Morgan Freeman, actress Scarlett Johansson, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and cartoon superstar SpongeBob SquarePants.

Usher later sat for an interview with Vulture and confessed that he forgot to mention that he also wants Sean Connery to be a member of his book club. Follow this link to watch a full replay of the webcast.

HarperCollins Releases an Enhanced eBook Edition of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

To Kill a MockingbirdHarperCollins has published an enhanced eBook edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

The company released the normal To Kill a Mockingbird eBook back in July 2014. The enhancement features on this digital book include a radio interview with Lee, footage from the 1962 film adaptation, audiobook clips performed by Sissy Spacek, and snippets from the Hey Boo documentary with appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, and Anna Quindlen.

According to The Associated Press, “HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis says the new Mockingbird edition had received 6,500 pre-orders, far more than for the usual ‘enhanced’ book. She says the publisher has sold 80,000 copies of the regular eBook, a figure comparable to print sales. Total worldwide sales exceed 30 million copies since the book’s 1960 release. Both eBook editions are priced at $8.99.”

Elizabeth Gilbert Talks Inspiration in a ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Short Film

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert starred in an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday short film discussing the inspiration for her most recent novel, The Signature of All Things.

Some of the items that helped Gilbert to shape the story include a 1783 edition of Captain Cook’s Voyages from her family library, a 16th century theory concocted by a German mystic, and her own life philosophy on passion. We’ve embedded the entire short film in the video above—what do you think?

For the past few weeks, Gilbert has been appearing at a few of the stops on “Oprah’s The Life You Want” tour. Recently, she sat with Oprah Winfrey for a Super Soul Sunday interview. Follow this link to watch clips from the interview.

Oprah Winfrey, Dav Pilkey, & David Mitchel Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Captain UnderpantsWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel: “Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as ‘the radio people,’ Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena.” (September 2014)

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Elizabeth Gilbert Offers Odd Advice on Passion

Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the Atlanta stop for Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend. Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she gave a presentation urging attendees to be “the hero of your own life’s story.”

During a Q&A with Winfrey and other guest speakers, Gilbert offered some “really weird” advice on passion. For those who do not have a defined passion, Gilbert thinks it would be best to “follow your curiosity” because “it might lead you to your passion or it might not.”

Follow this link to check out an album of pictures on Facebook. The Huffington Post has uploaded a video clip that features Gilbert doling out this advice. Do you agree with Gilbert’s recommendation?

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Maya Angelou Honored by Michelle Obama, Oprah & Bill Clinton

Over the weekend, friends and family gathered at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. to honor the author and poet Maya Angelou, who passed away in May.

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama were among the featured speakers at the event. We’ve embedded the video for you to watch.

Oprah Winfrey Will Narrate Her New Audiobook

whatiknowforsureOprah Winfrey will narrate her upcoming audiobook What I Know For Sure.

The  audiobook from from Macmillan Audio is based on the column in O, The Oprah Magazine which spawned from an interview with  film critic Gene Siskel, who asked her, “What do you know for sure?” The book is a collection of her best reflections from this column which have been edited and revised for the book.

“We are thrilled that Oprah Winfrey will be reading her audiobook,” stated Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher at Macmillan Audio. “Throughout her career, Oprah has created unparalleled connections with millions of people. Listeners to the audiobook will appreciate hearing the thoughtful insights shared in this book in Oprah’s own voice. It is sure to be one of the most powerful and sought after audiobooks of the year.”

The audiobook goes on sale on September 2nd.

BookExpo America Team Dances to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

What books make you happy?

The BookExpo America (BEA) team is “Happy (To Read).” The video embedded above showcases BEA staff members dancing with books to Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song, “Happy.”

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