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2014 ITW Thriller Award Winners Unveiled

itw logoThe International Thriller Writers (ITW) have unveiled the winners of the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards. Check out the full list of winners below. Follow this link to view photos from the banquet celebration.

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World Book Night Titles Announced for 2014

lwqzpyn7y8q8dmnbh44f-292x300On April 23, 2014, thousands of bibliophiles will give away half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night.

Below, we’ve listed the all of the titles that will be given away. To take part in this event, follow this link to learn more details and fill out an application to be a book giver.

Shelf Awareness reports that this year’s selections “includes the first graphic novel, first university press title and first Asian-American authors. As before, one book is in English and Spanish, and two are available in large-print editions. In addition, the 35 titles were an increase from the previous years’ 30, allowing more authors and publishers to be represented.”
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Scott Turow & Mitch Albom Answer Questions on Reddit

Members of The Rock Bottom Remainders, the rock band composed of bestselling authors, are answering questions on Reddit today.

Authors Stephen KingScott TurowMitch AlbomAmy Tan and more are part of Hard Listening, a new book about the band.

One Reddit reader asked: “Since you all are writers, do you have a hard time choosing who is going to write the lyrics for your songs?” and received some funny responses.

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Scott Turow Outlines ‘The Slow Death of the American Author’

In a long and angry op-ed, Authors Guild president and bestselling novelist Scott Turow bemoaned “The Slow Death of the American Author.

He blamed low foreign resales of used books, eBook royalties, digital piracy, academics and rumors about a used marketplace to illustrate “how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams.” The long essay had a section arguing that libraries no longer have the best interests of authors at heart. What do you think?

Now many public libraries want to lend e-books, not simply to patrons who come in to download, but to anybody with a reading device, a library card and an Internet connection. In this new reality, the only incentive to buy, rather than borrow, an e-book is the fact that the lent copy vanishes after a couple of weeks. As a result, many publishers currently refuse to sell e-books to public libraries.

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Scott Turow Blasts Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads

The Authors Guild called Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads ”a truly devastating act of vertical integration” in an online dispatch. Guild president Scott Turow had this statement:

Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads is a textbook example of how modern Internet monopolies can be built … The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat. With its 16 million subscribers, Goodreads could easily have become a competing on-line bookseller, or played a role in directing buyers to a site other than Amazon. Instead, Amazon has scuttled that potential and also squelched what was fast becoming the go-to venue for on-line reviews, attracting far more attention than Amazon for those seeking independent assessment and discussion of books. As those in advertising have long known, the key to driving sales is controlling information.

What do you think? The Guild cited Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson as an example. The book has 123 customer reviews at Amazon, but 469 reviews on Goodreads.

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Authors Guild Calls for ‘Close Scrutiny’ of Penguin Random House Deal

The Authors Guild has responded to the news of the upcoming Penguin Random House merger, calling for “close scrutiny from antitrust officials at the Justice Department or the FTC” before the publishers combine forces.

The Guild feels that the super-publisher will control more than 35 percent of the “fiction and narrative non-fiction market,” a worrisome development for the group.  Authors Guild president Scott Turow had this comment:

Survival of the largest appears to be the message here … Penguin Random House, our first mega-publisher, would have additional negotiating leverage with the bookselling giants, but that leverage would come at a high cost for the literary market and therefore for readers. There are already far too few publishers willing to invest in nonfiction authors, who may require years to research and write histories, biographies, and other works, and in novelists, who may need the help of a substantial publisher to effectively market their books to readers.

Scott Turow Script Debuts on YouTube

A new script by Presumed Innocent novelist and Authors Guild president Scott Turow debuted online today. “Rochelle” stars Pulp Fiction‘s Rosanna Arquette and launched on WIGS, a YouTube channel “producing high-end, original, scripted dramatic series and short films about the lives of women.”

We’ve embedded the first episode above–what do you think? The Safety of Objects director Rose Troche shot the short film. New episodes from the video series appear every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. ET.

Here’s more about the short film, from Facebook: “”Some forms of vengeance require professionals … When the wife needs ‘the other woman’ to exact revenge.”

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What’s Your Favorite Book with a Twist?

What’s your favorite book with a twist? Share your favorite twisty novel at Random House’s TwistedLit hashtag. This GalleyCat editor recommends Pick-Up by Charles Willeford.

Over at Time magazine, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn shared her four favorite books with literary twists. We’ve linked to free samples of her picks below–some great summer reading for the beach…

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (pictured, via)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Scott Turow Explains The Rock Bottom Remainders

The Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of bestselling authors who play rock music to raise money for charity, are celebrating their 20th anniversary this month.

To mark the event, the band is playing a show in Los Angeles on June 22 at the El Rey. The group includes authors Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, and James McBride, among others.

On his guest DJ set on KCRW, Turow explained how the band came together: “Well the band was brought together by the late and greatly beloved, Kathi Goldmark, who was an author’s escort in San Francisco. Kathy, who is one of the most fun loving people that’s ever walked this planet, realized that she had a lot of authors she was squaring around who loved rock music and she put together a sort of cover band of writers and it all came together when Stephen King agreed that he would do it.”

Scott Turow Responds to DOJ Agency Model Suit

The Department of Justice sued five major publishers and Apple this week, alleging that they colluded to fix eBook prices.

The decision generated responses around the industry. Authors Guild president Scott Turow wrote:

The settlement provides a gigantic obstacle to Amazon’s competitors in the e-book business by allowing Amazon to function without making a profit, something that leaves that market forbidding to anyone else who might think of entering, and a bad business for those already there. Today’s low Kindle book prices will last only as long as it takes Amazon to re-establish its monopoly.  It is hard to believe that the Justice Department has somehow persuaded itself that this solution fosters competition or is good for readers in the long run.

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