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New Judy Blume novel announced for 2015

Are You There, God? It’s all of us, thankful for another Judy Blume book.

A new Blume novel (for adults) will be released next year, EW has confirmed. Plot details about the book are scarce, but Carole Baron, Blume’s editor, told The New York Times: “It’s pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal. It’s quintessential Judy.”

This 2015 release will mark Blume’s first novel for adults since 1998’s Summer Sisters.

On the Books: Lena Dunham discovers Alice Munro

Lena Dunham wrote an essay about discovering Alice Munro for Zoetrope, the literary journal run by Francis Ford Coppola. “I came to Alice Munro after her Nobel Prize win, like a girl discovering Maroon 5 circa 2014 and deciding they are an indie band,” she wrote. “Because, new as I am to her, and sure as we all are that she is the queen of her form, I still feel that Alice Munro is mine. I am the perfect audience for her brand of quiet, seething feminism.” The essay is titled “Hateship, Loveship, Viewership, Readership,” riffing on the title of the Munro’s classic story “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” which is reprinted in the magazine. [Zoetrope All-Story]

Barnes and Noble is splitting its retail and Nook operations into two separate companies. Though there’s no guarantee that the split will be successful, the company hopes to complete the process by the first quarter of 2015. As it is, Barnes & Noble isn’t doing to0 well—retail sales are down 6 percent this year, Nook hardware sales are down 45 percent, and digital content sales are down 21 percent. Earlier this year, Barnes & Noble announced that it would invest fewer of the company’s own resources into the Nook division and would instead partner with Samsung to develop a tablet. Hopefully, one of the companies will be called “Barnes” and the other “Noble.” [Publishers Weekly] READ FULL STORY

'A Series of Unfortunate Events' author Lemony Snicket will host the National Book Awards

Today, the National Book Foundation announced that A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket, whose real name is Daniel Handler, will host the 65th National Book Awards ceremony this fall. Handler will be the first author of both adult and children’s books to emcee the event, which is scheduled to take place on November 19 in New York City. Last year’s ceremony was hosted by Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

This is not the first time that Handler has participated in the proceedings.  In 2008, the best-selling author chaired the panel that gave out the way award for best young people’s literature book.

“Daniel Handler is witty, charming, and one of the best writers in America,” the foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a press release. “We are looking forward forward to a wonderful National Book Awards evening this year with him as host.” In a statement, Handler said that when the foundation’s executive director Harold Augenbraum contacted him about hosting, he thought he had won an award. “Um, guess again,” Augenbraum told him.

In addition to the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series, Handler has also written the All the Wrong Questions series under his pen name, and he is currently working on We Are Pirates, the story of a pair of high school girls who steal a ship and attack other boats in the San Francisco Bay. His work as Daniel Handler includes 2006’s Adverbs and 2011’s Why We Broke Up.



'Ruin and Rising': Leigh Bardugo talks Grisha trilogy conclusion


The wait is finally over. Ruin and Rising, the highly anticipated conclusion to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, hit shelves last week. And the epic ending doesn’t disappoint. In Rising, Alina and Mal continue their search for Morozova’s last amplifier and simultaneously discover some dark secrets about their past, which changes they way they go about saving Ravka and defeating the Darkling. We won’t, um, ruin, anything because Ruin and Rising is worth the read. Trust us. Here, Bardugo answered a few of our (spoiler-free!) burning questions and teased her upcoming project. READ FULL STORY

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