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See the cover of Amanda Hocking's new novel 'Frostfire'

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Amanda Hocking first made her mark in the YA world by self-publishing the popular Trylle Trilogy. The novels were so successful, she garnered a publishing deal with St. Martins. Now, Hocking is back with a new series called The Kanin Chronicles set in the world of the Trylle. The first book, Frostfire, hits shelves Jan. 6, and EW has an exclusive first look at the cover (click above for the full-size image). READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner inks deal for first book

But will it be written in ALL CAPS?!?!

Billy Eichner, the deafening dude behind Fuse and Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, is writing a book. Details on the tome’s content are scarce for now, though a posting on Eichner’s official Tumblr says that it will be “an irreverent look at Hollywood and pop culture that you can find literally anywhere else.” (The post also notes that Eichner’s favorite books include “Twitter, Entertainment WeeklyThe Hollywood Reporter, and emails.” You can’t argue with good taste.) READ FULL STORY

David Levithan to release musical-novel spinoff to 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson'

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Jazz hands at the ready!

Tiny Cooper, described as “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay,” stole our hearts when he debuted in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the 2010 YA novel co-written by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and Every Day author David Levithan. Four years later, Levithan is giving us a closer, more razzle-dazzle glimpse at the larger-than-life character with the full script of the musical Tiny was working on in Will Grayson. So meta!

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (March 2015) will tell of Tiny’s birth up to his ongoing quest for true love, complete with “big, lively, belty” musical numbers. We talked to David Levithan about what exactly a “musical-novel, novel-musical” entails and how he pulled it off. READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham's book tour features spectacular roster of guests

The hype for Lena Dunham’s first book Not That Kind of Girl might be even louder than we expected — this will be the bookstore equivalent of a Beyonce and Jay-Z stadium concert tour. Dunham announced the dates for Not That Kind of Tour today, and the lineup of special guests is absurdly amazing. Certain stops will feature local talent (you can apply to an open call on Dunham’s website), but others will feature well-known women, including fellow Apatow collaborator Amy Schumer, poet and memoirist Mary Karr, Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, filmmaker Miranda July, and novelist Zadie Smith.

See below for a full list of stops for Not That Kind of Tour: READ FULL STORY

Harper Lee speaks: Marja Mills-penned bio was unauthorized (Updated)

Harper Lee, aka Nelle Harper Lee, the reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is the focus of author Marja Mills’ bio The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, which hits shelves Tuesday. It purports to be a rare in-depth look at the lives of Lee and her sister Alice, borne out of a years-long friendship between Mills, a former Chicago Tribune journalist, and the Lee sisters, whom she moved next door to in 2004.

According to the book’s description, Mills “spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees’ inner circle of friends.” The Lee sisters, it says, “decided to let Mills tell their story.”

But, there’s just one problem. According to a letter penned by none other than 88-year-old Nelle Harper Lee herself—who, mind you, hasn’t written a book since Mockingbird, doesn’t grant interviews, and generally stays out of the public eye—The Mockingbird Next Door was executed without her cooperation or permission and based on false pretenses. Lee first issued a statement on the matter in 2011 when Penguin Press announced that it had acquired the book. Now, on the evening before its July 15 release, she’s reminding us that nothing has changed on her end.

Take a look at Lee’s statement in its entirety after the jump, where she reiterates her declaration that she had not “willingly participated in any book written or to be written by Marja Mills.” And, in case that isn’t clear enough, she also says, “rest assured, as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood.” Penguin Press and Mills also responded Tuesday morning with their own statements.

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On the Books: Anti-Clinton book leaked to media under mysterious circumstances

The upcoming book Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine had a well-prepared rollout in advance of its July 22nd release, including a splashy interview on The O’Reilly Factor. But over the weekend, writes The Daily Beast, “a prolific but mysterious rogue distributor who somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and blasted out a series of mass-media emails containing PDFs—or portable document formats—of the entire 317-page, 12-chapter volume.” The book is by Daniel Halper, an editor of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. No one’s sure how the leak happened, and it’s uncertain if the blame should go to hardcore Clinton supporters or right-wing Clinton-haters. [The Daily Beast]

Those Dungeons & Dragons nerds you mocked in middle school are busy becoming the greatest writers of our age. Everyone from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire to Atlantic editor Scott Stossel credit the game for developing their storytelling skills. “It’s been a formative narrative media for all sorts of writers,” said Junot Díaz. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

1969 business book becomes bestseller after Bill Gates names it his favorite

Ever wonder where Bill Gates got his business savvy? In an essay for The Wall Street Journal this weekend, Gates revealed that his favorite business book is Business Adventures by John Brooks. After the essay was published, the book quickly rocketed up the Amazon Kindle bestseller list.

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks was released in 1969 and is out of print. But according to Gates, its wisdom still stands. He sang praises of the book’s insight, and said it’s Warren Buffett’s favorite business book as well. Today, more than two decades after Warren lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read,” Gates wrote.

The book’s publisher, Open Road, quickly made an ebook of the volume (a paperback reissue is due in September). Gates’ endorsement rescued the book from obscurity and sent it to No. 5 on the Kindle bestseller list. It’s now at No. 15.

Business Adventures is an essay collection, mostly taken from Brooks’ work at The New Yorker, covering the rise of Xerox, scandals at GE, the $350 million Edsel debacle at Ford, and other subjects. After Gates’ essay, The New Yorker made three of the essays available for free on their website.

Brooks, Gates says, excelled at writing about companies in-depth, approaching them like the subject of a profile. “Unlike a lot of today’s business writers, Brooks didn’t boil his work down into pat how-to lessons or simplistic explanations for success. (How many times have you read that some company is taking off because they give their employees free lunch?) You won’t find any listicles in his work. Brooks wrote long articles that frame an issue, explore it in depth, introduce a few compelling characters and show how things went for them.”

Gates still has the copy Buffett lent him. “Warren, if you’re reading this, I still have your copy,” he wrote.

Comic-book icon Archie Andrews will die saving gay friend

In April, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater told CNN that Archie Andrews would die in issue #36 of “Life with Archie,” a comic-book series set in an alternate universe that presented possible futures for the characters of the classic Archie Comics series. Issue #36 will arrive on stands on Wednesday—and while we don’t know yet who kills Archie, we do now know how he dies.

Today, Goldwater revealed to the Associated Press that Archie would die trying to stop an assassination attempt on Archie Comics’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller, a military veteran and newly elected senator who’s in favor of increased gun control.

“We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” Goldwater told the AP. “That’s how we came up with the storyline of saving Kevin. He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.”

Issue #36 is the penultimate issue of “Life with Archie.” The following issue, #37, will jump ahead one year to depict how Betty, Veronica and the rest of the Riverdale gang are handling Archie’s death and honoring his legacy. Goldwater said that the way in which Archie dies is meant to “epitomize not only the best of Riverdale but the best of all of us,” and that he hopes that it works as “a lesson about gun violence and a declaration of diversity in the new age of Archie Comics.”

Amazon and Hachette's literary showdown continues

The negotiations between Amazon and Hachette are getting uglier. Last week, Amazon proposed a plan to offer Hachette authors 100% of ebook profits until negotiations are over, a plan Hachette swiftly rejected.

According to Amazon, the prolonged negotiations put authors in a bad position. With their proposed plan, authors would at least be able to make more money while the two companies resolve their differences. “Hachette is part of a $10 billion global conglomerate … They can afford it. What they’re really making clear is that they absolutely want their authors caught in the middle of this negotiation because they believe it increases their leverage.” It’s unclear what percentage of Hachette’s book sales are ebooks, but for the industry overall, about 30% of book sales are ebook sales, and 60% of Hachette’s ebook sales are from Amazon.

An Amazon representative told EW, “You have to look at the parent company — Lagardère Group — rather than just the Hachette division. They can afford it, and should stop using their authors as human shields.”

A spokesman for Hachette Livre said Amazon’s statement misrepresented Hachette’s finances, telling EW that “amalgamating Hachette’s and its parent company’s finances as if they were just one big budget is childish and can fool no one with a minimal knowledge of business practices.”

Nobel Prize-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

Nadine Gordimer, a South African writer whose work criticized her country’s apartheid and won her the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died. She was 90.

Born in South Africa in 1923, Gordimer published her first novel, The Lying Days, in 1953. But her preferred form was the short story. The New Yorker published her story A Watcher of the Dead in 1951, bringing her work to an international audience, and she eventually published 22 short-story collections over her lifetime as well as 15 novels and numerous plays and essay collections.

Under apartheid, three of Gordimer’s books were banned for their political content. Those three books—The ConservationistBurger’s Daughter, and July’s People—went on to become her most celebrated, and are considered essential in postcolonial literature. Gordimer identified South African readership as politically inclined. “In the recognition that the encouragement of literature is part of liberation, trade unions and community groups among the black majority have set up libraries and cultural debate.”

When Gordimer won the Nobel Prize in 1991, she spoke about how writing is a way of understanding the relationship between people and the world, and that political ideas play a part. “We spend our lives attempting to interpret through the word the readings we take in the societies, the world of which we are part,” she said. “It is in this sense, this inextricable, ineffable participation, that writing is always and at once an exploration of self and of the world; of individual and collective being.”

 

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