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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Was The Bestselling Book of 2013: USA Today

inferno304Dan Brown‘s Inferno was the bestselling book of 2013, according to USA Today‘s Bestsellers list which tracked book sales in the US from Dec. 31, 2012-Dec. 29, 2013.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was No. 2 on the list. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney reached No. 3 on the list. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks was No. 4 and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the No. 5 bestselling book of the year.

Here is more from USA Today:

Of the best sellers tracked by USA TODAY each week, 80% were fiction. That’s the highest since the list was begun in 1993, breaking 2011′s record of 78%. The top non-fiction book of 2013 at No. 9 was Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Their 2012 book, Killing Kennedy, continued to sell last year, finishing at No. 61.

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Jeff Kinney & Dav Pilkey to Headline ‘Story Smashup’ Webcast

ScholasticHighResDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and Captain Underpants series creator Dav Pilkey will appear together at a free webcast. The online event will take place on January 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.

Scholastic has arranged for Kinney and Pilkey to collaborate on a “Story Smashup” project. The two children’s literature titans will use suggestions from an audience of children to construct an original story.

According to the press release, the event is meant to teach viewers “how to write a story—exploring character, setting, plot, action, and more. The webcast will be globally accessible for free starting January 15, 2014, and afterward for replay, at www.scholastic.com/kpwebcast.”

Jeff Kinney is Developing a ‘Wimpy Kid’ Animated Holiday Special

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Author Jeff Kinney has a holiday-themed Wimpy Kid animation project in the pipeline. In an interview with School Library Journal, he revealed that the storyline will be loosely based on book six, Cabin Fever.

Kinney elaborated: “it departs and it follows its own beat, I guess you could say. It will have new material.” He hopes to have it finished and ready for release sometime in 2014.

Besides developing this animated film, Kinney will also be busy with a book tour promoting the eight installment of the The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books will publish Hard Luck on November 5th.

Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year

The 2013 Children’s Choice Book Award winners have been revealed. Jeff Kinney took author of the year award and John Green won the teen book of the year prize.

We’ve linked to free samples of all the winners below. How many have you read? Here’s more from the release:

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the sixth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBAs) at a charity gala benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City last night.  The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 13-19, 2013) as the CCBAs is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at bookweekonline.com, casting more than 1,000,000 votes.

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Kids Can Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

The 2013 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 19th to May 9th.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 13th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers and young-adult novelists dominate. The nominees include The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, The Heroes of Olympus 3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid & Goya’s Glass Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Monika Zgustova will discuss her book Goya’s Glass at a reading and conversation event with Kateřina Lišková. See them on Monday, November 19th at Bohemian National Hall starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Jeff Kinney will head to Books of Wonder to sign copies of his newest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Join the fun on Tuesday, November 20th starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Series To Be Released As eBooks

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney will soon be available digitally. The first six volumes in the series are available for preorder from Amazon and will be available on October 30th.

Praising the eBook release, Amazon.com children’s book editor Seira Wilson said it was “our top-selling kid’s series for 2012.” Kinney, who has kept his books from going digital thus far, told the Associated Press: ”The decision came after a lot of thought and deliberation … I am very excited about this. It feels like the time is right.”

Kinney’s latest edition in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, which comes out November 13th, will be released as both a hardcover and an eBook. The publisher ABRAMS’ Amulet imprint at has ordered a first printing of 6.5 million copies.  (Via Sarah Weinman).

James Patterson Leads World’s Top-Earning Authors List

Forbes has just released its annual list of the World’s Top-Earning Authors. We’ve listed the top five writers below, along with their income–follow this link to see the whole list.

In his feature about the list, journalist Jeff Bercovici singled out Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling as rising stars on the list.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

At the height of “Fifty Shades” mania, the erotic novels were estimated to be generating as much as $1.3 million per week for their author, E.L. James. And that’s not counting the $5 million she received from Universal Pictures and Focus Films for the theatrical rights. Add it all up and James is assured of a place near the top of next year’s top authors list. (Perhaps “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer deserves a cut of that? James’s books originated as works of “Twilight” fan fiction.)

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New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Coming in November

The Third Wheel, the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will be released on November 13th. ABRAMS’ Amulet imprint at has ordered a first printing of 6.5 million copies.

In The Third Wheel, star character Greg Heffley will explore the wonders and complications of middle school romance. With this new installment, author Jeff Kinney promised that “the Wimpy universe will be changed in a way that will surprise fans of the series.”

Last month, Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. The series earned him $17 million in 2011 and a spot on Forbes’ list of the highest paid writers.

Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year Award at 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards

Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. This marked the second year in a row that a middle grade author has emerged victorious in this category.

Follow this link to check out videos from last night’s gala. We’ve posted the full list of winners below.

Kids cast their votes for the awards, breaking last year’s record with more than 900,000 submissions. The Children’s Book Council hosted the event to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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