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Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

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Why Do Authors Put Characters They Love in Difficult Situations?

BEA - Veronica Roth & Alex London (1)More often than not, authors tend to think very highly of the characters they create. Veronica Roth has publicly declared her love for the protagonists of the Divergent series.

During a panel at BookExpo America, Proxy author Alex London asked this question: “Why do you do horrible things to characters you love?” Roth responded that being a writer feels like a very “exaggerated” version of parenthood.

Roth allows Tris and Four to feel great pain because “authors do that to their characters” the same way parents let their offspring fall off a bicycle; it helps them to learn and grow as people. What do you think?

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Books of Wonder Named the Official Bookseller for the ‘YA Lit at 92Y’ Reading Series

Heavenly Fire92Y has named Books of Wonder as the official bookseller for the “YA Lit at 92Y” reading series events. Both institutions will collaborate on the development of future programming.

This partnership kicks off on May 26th during an exclusive launch party celebrating the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Fellow authors Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfeld will also appear as special guests.

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Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award

rushlimbaughRush Limbaugh has won Author of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his latest kids book Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.

Kids could vote for their favorite author, illustrator and book of the year online between March 25th and May 12th. Limbaugh beat Jeff KinneyRick RiordanVeronica Roth and Rachel Renee Russell, who were also finalists in the category.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday night in New York. Limbaugh blogged about his experience at the ceremony on his website. “I have to tell you, there were so many immigrants that came up to me before the event started, when everybody was being seated and during the event, and they were telling me what coming to America meant to them,” he wrote. “One of them was the photographer, one of the official photographers for the event.  There were a lot of people that were working the event that came up and wanted me to understand how much America had meant to them, and it was really great.”

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

JohnGreen304The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has moved up to the top position of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/5. The Target by David BaldacciAlpha by Jasinda WilderInsurgent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt also made the list.

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‘Insurgent’ Leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks List

insurgentVeronica Roth‘s Insurgent has returned to the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week, after being knocked out by Michael LewisFlash Boys last week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/14. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with books in the top three positions on the list.

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Summit Entertainment Unveils ‘Divergent’ Clip

Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from the Divergent movie adaptation.

The video clip (embedded above) features an intense conversation between Shailene Woodley as hero Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior and Kate Winslet as villain Jeanine Matthews.

According to Indiewire, this movie is set to hit theaters on March 21st. Follow this link to see more footage from the film. What do you think?

Veronica Roth Leads iBook’s Top Paid Books List

37588Veronica Roth has three books on Apple’s iBooks top paid books in the U.S. for week ending 2/24. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegian made three of the top four slots on the list.

Every week Apple publishes the top selling books for the week including top paid iBooks, and the top selling audiobooks, as well as the top sellers by genre including Arts& Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Children & Teens, and Comics & Graphic Novels.

We’ve included the entire list of top paid books after the jump.
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‘Lone Survivor’ Tops iBooks’ Top Selling Books of the Week Charts

lonesurvivorLone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson was the top selling book in Apple’s iBooks store last week.
Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 1/20. Author Veronica Roth has three books on the top 20 list and author Michael Connelly has two titles on the list. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

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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