On the Books: Tom Clancy's 'Jack Ryan' franchise may continue; 'Catfish' host Nev Schulman lands book deal

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It’s quite a Wednesday for book news — today’s top stories feature Jack Ryan, Catfish, and bad sex. Read on for more headlines:

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan may be following in the footsteps of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. The late author’s bestselling franchise is in talks to be picked up by other writers. [USA Today]

Catfish host Nev Schulman has landed a book deal, reports Deadline. Schulman’s book, titled In Real Life, will be published by Hachette, a Grand Central Publishing imprint, in fall 2014, and will cover his take on relationships in the digital age. [Deadline]

Remember the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex Award? We have a winner this year: Manil Suri for his novel The City of Devi. The author did not attend the ceremony, during which Joan Collins presented his award. Suri later revealed he hadn’t known Collins would be there, saying, “My one chance to meet Joan Collins, and I blew it!” [Literary Review]

A new bill in Congress — the Affordable College Textbook Act – has been introduced in Congress to support the creation and use of “open textbooks.” The bill, sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), would offer the public free access to textbooks. [Huffington Post]

Independent comic book publisher PictureBox announced it will shut down at the end of the year, and is running a sale with 50 percent off all titles. Whitney Matheson takes a look back at the company’s legacy. [USA Today]

At least it’s not about drones: Amazon Publishing has announced the launch of StoryFront, an imprint publishing short fiction. StoryFront also publishes the weekly literary journal Day One. The new imprint is a response to the wave of subscriptions to Day One earlier this year and will provide “a wide range of stories curated by a team of editors who are committed to the craft,” Publisher of Adult Trade and Children’s Group Daphne Durham said in a press release.

NaNoWriMo challenged writers to write a novel during the month of November. More than 310,000 writers answered the call to participate, with 42,008 completing novels in 30 days. [LA Times]

Must-read: Joyce Carol Oates wrote a reflection on Mike Tyson’s autobiography, Undisputed Truth, exploring the boxer’s journey and writing. [The New York Review of Books]

‘Tis the season of lists, so here’s your first of the day: Goodreads unveiled its picks for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, after its users voted on their favorites titles of the year. [Goodreads]

And your second: Slate chose 19 titles for its Overlooked Books of 2013 roundup, checking out some books readers may have missed in the shuffle. [Slate]


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