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Richard Dawkins Ignites Nobel Prize Controversy

Author and scientist Richard Dawkins published a controversial Twitter post this morning and found himself flooded by online critics.

Dawkins wrote: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

So far, his comment has generated 370 retweets and a stream of critical responses from readers. We’ve collected his tweets and reader responses in a Storify post below–what do you think? (Photo via Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science)

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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.

Richard Dawkins Lands Book Deal on His Work as Scientist & Atheist

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has landed a book deal with HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint that traces his journey to becoming an atheist. Publication is set for fall 2014.

Dawkins has written eleven books, but The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion are his most influential titles. Brockman, Inc. agent John Brockman negotiated the deal for North American rights with executive editor Hilary Redmon.

Here’s more from the publisher: “Dawkins will tell the story of his own intellectual evolution, explaining how his groundbreaking work as a scientist led to his work as an atheist.”¬† (Photo via Lalla Ward)

God Losing to Skeptics in Battle for Book Sales

Since Richard Dawkins‘ THE GOD DELUSION and Christopher Hitchens‘ GOD IS NOT GREAT have been big sellers the past year (not to mention Sam Harris’s books) it’s no wonder the Guardian’s David Smith has picked up on Amazon‘s report that sales of books that explore religion or spirituality have grown by more than 50 per cent in the past three years. Amy Worth, books manager at Amazon, said: “THE GOD DELUSION has been one of the bestselling books of the past year. People are interested in the debate it has sparked. There are 524 readers’ comments on our site. The comments are both pro and against and it’s clear that religious people are buying it.”

Lest you think atheists and agnostics are winning completely, sales of THE GOD DELUSION also prompted a 120 per cent increase in sales of the Bible.

Changes at Penguin Press

Publishers Marketplace reports this morning that Eamon Dolan will move from Houghton Mifflin to Penguin Press as vp, editor-in-chief, as of July 9. At HM, Dolan acquired titles by Eric Schlosser, Stefan Fatsis, Nathaniel Fick, Richard Dawkins, and Jerome Groopman, among many others. Current Penguin Press Editor-in-chief Scott Moyers is moving to The Wylie Agency as a director.

Publishing Happenings on Second Life

The Bookseller reports that The Random House Group held the first meeting of its virtual book group in Second Life yesterday (Tuesday), as the first step in a series of initiatives the publisher is planning to engage with the virtual world. Members discussed Audrey Niffenegger‘s THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in the Rose Garden of the Elysian Isle, an area specially developed for RHG to host book-related events. “The book group is the first of a series of initiatives planned to engage with Second Life communities, creating opportunities for them to access and interact with our content and to meet our authors,” said Ros Lawler, digital marketing and publicity manager of Random House.

Meanwhile, Transworld announced that Richard Dawkins, author of the bestselling THE GOD DELUSION, will appear in a week of screenings to be held in Second Life, launching on Tuesday May 29th. Dawkins will appear on video, addressing the Second Life audience for 15-20 minutes. The video will run as a continuous feed, from 9am to midnight UK time, for seven consecutive days so avatars can attend the screenings whenever they like during this time. Outside the auditorium, Transworld have built two message walls, one for supporters of Dawkins’ thesis and one for the dissenters.

Winners of the British Book Awards

The Galaxy British Book Awards were handed out at a gala ceremony last night, and the Independent‘s Louise Jury reports on the speeches, the winners and the surprises of the evening (which will be televised at the end of the week.) Highlights included Richard & Judy‘s Best Read of the Year going to Jed Rubenfeld for THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER, while Ricky Gervais beat established writers including Geraldine McCaughrean and Terry Pratchett to take the children’s book of the year honour with Flanimals of the Deep, the third in the series he has produced with the illustrator Rob Steen. Gervais accepted his award live on stage in Ipswich. “That’s fantastic … it’s the first one for my literary outputs,” he said, admitting his work had been described as “books about bollocks with eyes drawn on them”. Other winners in various categories included Richard Dawkins, Ian Rankin, Peter Kay, Conn & Hal Iggulden and Victoria Hislop.