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Video: TED launches trailer for relaunched book series

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Since their one-off lecture event in 1984, TED has grown enormously. In 1990, the organization began hosting annual conferences with talks on “ideas worth spreading.” In 2006, they put the talks on their website, and blew up in popularity. Now the number of talks is in the tens-of-thousands, including lectures from TEDx, independently-organized conferences under the TED brand.

The organization recently announced a relaunch of their publishing imprint, TED Books, which”pick up where TED talks leave off.” The imprint was previously part of the ebook-only Kindle Singles program at Amazon, but now they will also be publishing their books in hardcover. The first book of the relaunch is The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim, a terrorist’s son who took a more peaceful path in life. Take a look: READ FULL STORY

Inside the far-off world of 'Star Wars Workbooks'

Many elementary school kids spend their days wishing school was more like Star Wars. But what if Star Wars was school?

That’s the ambitious theory behind Workman Publishing’s new collection of Star Wars Workbooks, which aim to drill youngsters in everything from “Preschool Number Fun” to “2nd Grade Writing—by means of everything from Boba Fett to Padmé Amidala. The books align with Common Core requirements, and Workman promises that they drill basic concepts in much the same way as the company’s highly successful Brainquest workbook series. Of course, the Star Wars books will also help everyone remember the long “O” in Obi-Wan (which we think is far more important than two plus two). READ FULL STORY

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.”

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