On The Books: A Divergent-themed Summer Camp

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Every year your parents ship you off to summer camp. You spend a few weeks battling the mosquitoes, swimming in the weedy lake, gorging on s’mores, and acting out bad skits for an audience of loopy counselors and bored campers. (Or maybe your camp experiences were awesome?) Well imagine a summer camp that lets you throw knives at the other kids? Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperille, Illinois landed on the genius idea to host a Divergent-themed summer camp this year, which in my mind means zip lines, trust falls off of abandoned buildings, jumping into moving trains, fighting personal demons in a virtual reality cube, you know, fun kid stuff. (Disclaimer: Anderson’s is not letting your kids do any of these things.)

Nelson Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda La Grange is writing a memoir about her time with the great humanitarian, called Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, It will be publish worldwide on June 19, 2014. Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet, a few years after the end of apartheid, she became the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. “It’s tender, intimate, eye-opening, incredibly moving, and offers a rare portrait of Nelson Mandela and his remarkable life,” says Clare Ferraro, President of Viking.

Anne Tyler has a new novel coming out in spring 2015. The best-selling author has published 19 novels over her long career — all set in her hometown of Baltimore, and this latest project is no different. It’s still untitled, but the story begins in 1994 and slowly unwinds through three generations of the Whitshank family, revolving primarily around Red, a construction worker, his wife, Abby, a social worker, and their four children. The novel opens when Abby and Red receive a call from their only son, who has phoned with important news. Then, suddenly, the phone goes dead. Dun dun dun.

Julian Assange has also announced a new book: When Google Met WikiLeaks. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The Guardian reports that “It will recount how, in June 2011 when Assange was living under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, [Google chairman Eric] Schmidt and ‘an entourage of US State Department alumni including a top former adviser to Hillary Clinton’ visited for several hours and ‘locked horns’ with the Wikileaks founder.” But will it recount the night that Assange spent with Lady Gaga?

Karen Joy Fowler snags the PEN/Faulkner award this year for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. It would be a missed opportunity if she doesn’t open her acceptance speech with “I am completely beside myself…” Too easy. Is it possible that she considered this when titling the piece?

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