On the Books: Allegiant sells nearly half million copies on first day of publishing

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Veronica Roth’s trilogy sold nearly a half million copies its publication day, Oct. 22, while over the weekend, the Texas Book Festival saw best-selling authors speak to literary enthusiasts. Read on for more headlines:

Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, sold 455,000 copies globally on its first day across all formats — a record for publisher HarperCollins. The book has a two-million-copy first printing. [Publishers Weekly]

The last known poem by Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “In a Field,” has been published in The Guardian. Heaney died in August. [The Guardian]

Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, released today after serving a two-year sentence, is reportedly eyeing a book deal. [Vanity Fair]

Take a look back at this weekend’s Texas Book Festival, which included talks from authors including Scott Anderson and Reza Aslan. [Dallas Morning News]

Frustrated with being asked to write for free? Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider certainly is — Kreider penned an op-ed discussing the problem, and included a template for rejecting such requests. [The New York Times]

Is print no longer the norm for publishing? Rachel Deahl deconstructs the future of the industry. [Publishers Weekly]

If you’re befuddled by the World Series, take a breather and read this: Luke Epplin explores the culture of baseball. [The New Yorker]

Finally, check out the list of the day: 10 great meals in literature. [The Telegraph]

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