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NEA Launches ‘Blue Horse’ Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education

The National Education Association (NEA) has teamed up with the NEA Foundation to host “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Charity Auction.”

The proceeds derived from the Internet auction will benefit the NEA Foundation’s “Art Inspires Learning, Learning Inspires Art” initiative. This project funds arts education grants for teachers. Follow this link to check out the artwork.

Here’s more from the release: “This initiative was inspired by Eric Carle‘s picture book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, which celebrates imagination and artistic freedom. Each donated piece of art will feature that artist’s interpretation of a horse and celebrates imagination and the many and varied ways that each artist sees the world around him/her. The auction will include three waves of art: Group 1 will take place October 17th-27th. Group 2 will take place October 31st-November 10th. Group 3 will take place November 14th-24th.”

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Perez Hilton To Publish Children’s Book

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has inked a book deal with Celebra Children’s Books (in partnership with Penguin Young Readers Group) to publish a children’s book: The Boy with Pink Hair.

In his book, Hilton (pictured, via) “celebrates individuality and self-acceptance.” Celebra Children’s Books publisher Raymond Garcia acquired the book and Dutton Books for Young Readers associate publisher Steven Meltzer will edit. Publication is set for September with an initial print run of 75,000 copies.

Garcia had this comment: “The Boy with Pink Hair is a defining story about how believing in yourself and following your aspirations can not only bring out the best in you, but also in those around you.  With fun, colorful and endearing characters, Perez reminds readers that by simply accepting our differences we can find the things that unite us all.”

Jersey Shore’s JWOWW Scores Book Deal as Situation’s Book Sales Called a ‘DISASTER’

Jersey Shore castmember JWOWW announced she had landed a book deal on Facebook yesterday.  Entitled The Rules According to JWOWW, the book will offer  “a new spin on the dos and don’ts of dating” and “empowering advice for a new generation of self-assured young women.”

Do you think this book will sell? Last week Perez Hilton called Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s book sales a “DISASTER!

Here’s more from Hilton: “Apparently, Here’s the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore has only sold 4,000 copies!!!! Sorry to hear about your book troubles, Situation! Maybe it’s time to leave book writing to anybody else the writers out there!”

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GalleyCat Reviews: How Do You Review a Vook?

annerice.pngYesterday we reported that novelist Anne Rice will release her first Vook on March 1st, a digital version of her 1984 vampire story, “The Master of Rampling Gate.” In addition, more Janklow & Nesbit Associates authors will soon follow with their own multimedia Vooks that combine social networking, video, Internet links, and text.

This all raises a crucial question for the book review community. How do you review a Vook? Here are some links to the first round of Vook Reviews. Add your own links and thoughts in the comments section.

First up, unexpected book critic Perez Hilton raved about the new Rice Vook in a post entitled Why Didn’t Stephenie Meyer Get This Memo?: “Anne explained she was excited to see how the technology will bring her over 25 year old story to a new generation … Sounds like it could be a lot of fun for die hard fans, if nothing else. Seriously, Twilighters: how come you guys don’t have cool shiz like this? Wouldn’t you just love a new way to girlishly squeal over a the story you’ve read over 400 times?!

Author Joanna Penn reviewed a Vook version of Embassy by Richard Doetsch on her site: “Having read Dan Brown‘s ‘The Lost Symbol’ last week, I can immediately see the application of these types of video to stories like that. I would have loved to see the Washington architecture as it was described, as well as the actual video that is used as a plot device by Dan Brown. I would also like to buy travel books with these types of video – not just the guides, but travel narratives. I recently reread Inhaling the Mahatma by Christopher Kremmer. I love India and have been myself, but I would love to see what he saw and wrote about. These video clips don’t need to be so ‘professional’ as the ones in the Vook, travel narrative could have raw local footage.”

Our digitally obsessed sibling eBookNewser reviewed Vook’s Sherlock Holmes Experience. Here’s an excerpt: “To the newbee, the videos might offer some useful background, but all the bells and whistles finally distract from the text itself, where the real action still takes place. This app raises a question: do we actually want our books–”e” or otherwise–to do more than display text? Is a product like Vook or the upcoming Blio the end of reading, or the beginning of something else?”

TMZ and Twitter Spread False Maya Angelou News

ma23.jpgOver the weekend, the gossip site TMZ erroneously reported that Maya Angelou had been sent to the hospital, spawning an avalanche of Twitter posts.

Since then, TMZ has retracted the report, noting that the poet is “alive and well in St. Louis.” The site blames event organizers for telling a photographer that the poet had been hospitalized. This is Angelou’s second bad experience with Twitter this year–in February she exposed a fake Angelou Twitter page with thousands of followers.

A Reuters‘ report gleefully listed all the celebrity missteps created by online journalists: “TMZ got the worldwide scoop on the death of Michael Jackson in June, but wrongly reported the following month that former UFC superstar Kimo Leopoldo had died. Last month, gossip columnist Perez Hilton claimed that former Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith had tried to commit suicide. It appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. Hilton also suggested in 2007 that Fidel Castro had died.”

Former Miss California Lands Book Deal

crown.jpgFormer Miss California Carrie Prejean has landed a book deal with Regnery Publishing. Entitled “Still Standing,” the book will be released in November 2009.

The deal was sealed by Lee Hough at Alive Communications. Prejean drew criticism, praise, and Biblical comparisons earlier this year for her stance against gay marriage. She was subsequently dethroned for “contract violations.”

Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s punchy press release: “Prejean attracted national attention when she answered a question at the Miss USA Pageant defending traditional marriage … Now she will tell her side of the story, answering such questions as what happened behind the scenes at the pageant, why she answered the Perez Hilton question as she did, what really led to her losing the Miss California crown, and how she has been forced to battle the left’s double-standard on free speech.” (Image via)