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Archives: May 2011

Upcoming Literary Adaptations for Summer

Sunny weather isn’t the only thing to look forward to this summer–Hollywood has lots of new literary movies scheduled. Here is a round-up of five upcoming literary movies.

X-Men: First Class provides the back story on how Charles and Erik because Professor X and Magneto. It arrives in theaters on June 3rd.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer stars Jordana Beatty in the lead role of Judy Moody. The movie comes out on June 10th.

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Radiance & Simple Twist of Fate: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

Radiance by Louis B. Jones: “Set against the glitz and shallowness of Hollywood celebrity culture, this book presents a deep and joyfully dark meditation on the nature of being and the failure of both science and religion to illuminate the meaning of life––if there is one…” (May 2011)

Simple Twist of Fate by Eddie Stack: “John and Mary Ross are titled Irish gentry with a large estate and a low profile. They have two daughters: Penny, a high-flying banker in Dublin, who has her eye on the family jewels; and the younger Maddy, an unmarried mother, gone eccentric since the birth of her child.” (May 2011)

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins Trailer Released

Fox has released the official trailer for the film adaptation of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Above, we’ve embedded the full-length trailer.

What do you think? As we previously noted, the film stars Jim Carrey and is directed by Mark Waters. It will hit theaters on June 17th.

Some parts of the film were shot inside New York City’s historic Flatiron Building, home to several Macmillan offices.  (via Shelf Awareness)

BEA 2011: Return of the GalleyCat

As the publishing world concluded one last day of bookselling, panel discussions and parties at BookExpo America, GalleyCat continued to cover the conference.

Check out our BEA 2011 Cheat Sheet if you want to explore the conference and parties. Here are some links to our ongoing coverage…

Colson Whitehead Film Festival
More Than One Million Pages Link To Pirated eBooks
Copia Offers Free Bob Dylan eBook at BEA
Kobo To Give $10 Million To Reading Charity
Aaron Shapiro Focuses on ‘Users, Not Customers’

Queens Libraries Stopped Buying New Books in December

In a cost-cutting measure, 62 branches of Queens libraries in New York City stopped adding new books in December 2010. According to The New York Daily News, Queens libraries annually purchase 8,500 new books.

This means Queens patrons do not have access to the latest titles or new copies of old favorites. With mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s  looming “Agency Gap Closing Programs” proposal, things look worse than ever for New York City library services.

Here’s more from the article: “Overall, city libraries are facing nearly $100 million in budget cuts, which they say would lead to an estimated 1,500 layoffs…Without restored funding, city libraries would be forced to shorten hours and close dozens of branches, library officials testified.” (via Ron Hogan)

Amazon Lists Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Today Amazon counted the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. The list analyzed “data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.”

The complete list follows below–much to this GalleyCat editor’s dismay, does not include New York City. Maybe this means New Yorkers spend more time shopping at bookstores?

Check it out: “Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books … Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.” (Via Publishers Lunch)

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Rick Riordan Shares Secrets About Next Percy Jackson Book

Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan headlined a charity reading event with Maximum Ride author James Patterson last night. Riordan revealed secrets from the next installment of the The Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune.

Percy Jackson will definitely be back, along with Tyson the Cyclops, Grover Underwood, three new demigods, and a bulletproof elephant. He added: “there are other reasons besides Percy that the book is called The Son of Neptune.”

Follow this PDF link for a sneak peek of The Son of Neptune.

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Colson Whitehead Film Festival

Introducing his upcoming Zone One at BEA this week, novelist Colson Whitehead created a massive list of classic films that influenced his novel.

Oddly enough, this GalleyCat editor has a soft spot in his heart for this particular movie collection. Below, we’ve linked to Netflix streaming movies and YouTube trailers for these classic movies (along with Whitehead’s subtitles). Warning–many of these films contain mature themes.

Here’s more about the book, from Whitehead: “If you are hung up on labels, yes, the book is ‘another genre outing’ for me. Zone One is a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel. My tutelage in the apocalypse came from movies, as opposed to books. A film festival covering the master texts for Zone One would screen the following…” (Via Maud Newton)

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Andrew Wylie on ‘Devaluation of Quality Editing and Writing’

In the new issue of WSJ Magazine, agent Andrew Wylie shared his thoughts about the contemporary publishing industry in an opinionated essay. We got a sneak peek at the essay where the famous agent pondered our digital future.

His essay stressed that despite self-publishing options, the writing profession needs “a chain of people who have authority and can help convey what is essential.” What do you think?

Here’s an excerpt: “The devaluation of quality editing and writing is sad and it’s inevitable. Each house has a large number of titles to publish, and with a difficult economy, fewer people to handle the publications. But publishers need to become smaller, leaner, and they will have to learn new disciplines. The whole one-year publication process must be reduced.”

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James Patterson To End Maximum Ride Series

At a charity reading event last night with Rick Riordan, novelist James Patterson revealed that he will end the popular Maximum Ride series with Nevermore.

Patterson was confident that the movie will be adapted. In fact, the team behind the Iron Man movie series just finished writing a Maximum Ride screenplay and Catherine Hardwicke told GalleyCat that she may direct the movie.

At the reading, Patterson explained that parental duties include turning kids onto reading–it’s not just a job for teachers and librarians. “You’re missionaries. We all need to spread the word,” he explained.

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