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On the Books: New 'Dragon Tattoo' novel to be written by new author; A-Rod reportedly about to sign book deal for tell-all

Lisbeth Salander’s story is set to continue with a fourth book in the Millennium series, while a New York Yankee  is allegedly planning a tell-all to take down the MLB. Read on for more of today’s top headlines: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Hugh Howey to publish Kurt Vonnegut-inspired book


Today’s top headlines include authors adapting from previous works, as well as some e-book related news and notable deaths. Read on for more: READ FULL STORY

'The Illegitimates': Peek into the first issues of 'SNL' star Taran Killam's comic book debut -- EXCLUSIVE


One of comedy’s most exciting rising stars, Saturday Night Live breakout Taran Killam, is venturing into the world of pen and ink with his debut comic book The Illegitimates (which hits stores on Wednesday).

Here’s the hilarious premise (co-penned by Marc Andreyko): After the death of a James Bond-esque super-spy named Jack Steele, a secret organization turns to five of Steele’s bastard children — sired by the women he haphazardly romanced during his adventures — to form a new spy team.

If it seems crazy that no one has told this story before, it is. “It’s such a trope of those spy movies — he’s always left with the lady of the moment on the beach, or in a car wreck,” Killam tells EW. “He was not carrying a condom with him on the island of Dr. No.”

Killam is a self-described fanboy of comics and says he’s never been prouder of anything else creatively in his life. “Christmastime in particular, I got a comic in my stocking and would build my collection through that, or [I’d] at least discover a new title and continue it on through the rest of the year,” says Killam. “The fact that Wednesday I can walk into a comic book store and see my title on a shelf is the most thrilling thing.”

Interest piqued? Intrigue prickled!? Enjoy an exciting preview of Killam, Andreyko, and Kevin Sharpe’s first two issues of The Illegitimates below! (Issue No. 1 is available Wednesday; No. 2 comes out Jan. 8, 2014.)

On the Books: Amazon unveils best-selling books of 2013; Lindsay Lohan allegedly writing tell-all


We’re starting the week with a round-up of the best-selling books, news on a possible book by “celebrity” Lindsay Lohan, as well as a forthcoming actual celebrity self-help book that’s (gasp!) not by Gwyneth Paltrow. Read on for today’s top headlines: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Guantanamo detainee pens column on censorship after being denied Russell Brand's book; Pearson's non-profit arm reaches $7.7 million settlement


Censorship, a settlement, and self-improvement — all topics in today’s book news. Read on for the top headlines: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Malala Yousafzai wins at Specsavers National Book Awards; Pew survey finds 95% of Americans call public libraries 'important'


Activist Malala Yousafzai has picked up another award for her book, while a Pew survey is shedding light on how Americans perceive public libraries. Read on for more top books headlines:

Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala has won the Nonfiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards, which showcases British authors as well as critically acclaimed books with worldwide appeal. [The Telegraph]

Here’s some good news: According to a new Pew survey, 95 percent of the 6200 Americans interviewed say they “agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.” And the bad news: Only 54 percent said they actually used a public library last year. [Pew]

The National Endowment for the Arts has granted 38 writers, including Catherine Chung, Peter Gadol, and Alex Espinoza, with their Creative Writing Fellowships, a $25,000 award for each to promote creative writing in 2014. [NEA]

Author and philosopher A.C. Grayling has been announced as the chair of the Man Booker Prize judging panel for 2014, the first year that U.S. authors will also be eligible. [The Telegraph]

Mark Yakich at The Atlantic explains why poetry matters. [The Atlantic]

The list parade continues with the Huffington Post‘s picks for the 30 best art books of 2013. [Huffington Post]

ICYMI: Jason Segel has been cast as David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, based on Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s report on his road trip with the author. Jesse Eisenberg will be playing David Lipsky. [EW]

On the Books: Jane Austen portrait sells for $270,000; federal judge dismisses booksellers' lawsuit against publishers

Wednesday’s books headlines includes the selling of Jane Austen portrait, an end to the legal battle between indie booksellers and publishing houses, and some bad news for Mike Tyson. Read on for those stories and more below: READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Oprah unveils latest book club pick; more than 500 authors lobby UN over international bill of digital rights

We’ve got plenty of book news for today: Oprah chose a new title for her book club, award-winning authors around the world are protesting state surveillance, and more book deals have been announced. (A sports item even made its way into this morning’s headlines.) Read on for more:

Oprah Winfrey has announced a new Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, about two women on a quest for freedom. “The moment I finished The Invention of Wings, I knew this had to be the next Book Club selection,” Winfrey said in the press release. “These strong female character represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sue’s imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.”

More than 500 authors — including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard, and Margaret Atwood — are lobbying the United Nations over an international bill of digital rights, releasing a joint statement protesting state surveillance. “A person under surveillance is on longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy,” they wrote. “WE DEMAND THE RIGHT for all people to determine, as democratic citizens, to what extent their personal data may be legally collected, stored and processed, and by whom.” [The Guardian]

Parks/MacDonald Productions has won the movie and TV rights to the book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, written by ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainuru. PBS Frontline produced a documentary earlier this year on the investigation over football-related injuries based on the book. [Variety]

Actor Terry Crews has inked a deal for his first book Manhood with Ballantine Bantam Dell to be published May 2014. According to the press release, the book will cover Crews’ life and 25-year marriage, “including straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them.”

The winners of 2013’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize, honoring children’s books, have been announced, with Jim Smith’s I Am Still Not a Loser taking the prize in the 7-14 category, and Simon Rickerty’s Monkey Nut winning for ages six and under. [The Telegraph]

The world’s oldest romance novelist, Ida Pollock, has died at the age of 105. Pollock’s daughter said the writer, who authored more than 120 books, died Dec. 3 at a nursing home near her house in Lanreath, England. [USA Today]

Stephen King joined Twitter Friday. “My first tweet,” he posted. “No longer a virgin. Be gentle!” [Twitter]

Charles McGrath discussed what it’s like to judge the National Book Awards. [The New York Times]

Instead of delivering the traditional Nobel Lecture in Literature speech, 2013 winner Alice Munro released a video interview. []

You’ve seen our lists for best fiction and non-fiction; now check out other critics’ picks. Did USA Today‘s Jocelyn McClurg and Bob Minzesheimer select your favorites from 2013? [USA Today]

On the Books: Maya Angelou writes poem for Nelson Mandela; Simon & Schuster launches 'Hot Bed' category

Today’s headlines feature plenty of must-reads, but one news item highlights a book published half a decade ago. Read on for more: READ FULL STORY

'The Wire' star Wendell Pierce announces Katrina-inspired book, 'What's the Good of Losing Heart Now?' -- EXCLUSIVE

For Wendell Pierce, the actor much-lauded for his roles in The Wire and Treme, the hurricane that ripped through New Orleans more than eight years ago is never far from his heart and mind.

Riverhead Books has announced exclusively to EW that Pierce, who watched as Hurricane Katrina destroyed his childhood home and neighborhood in 2005, is penning a book about the national catastrophe and the effect it had on his family, his life, his memory, and his hometown. What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now will tell the story of how the actor’s efforts to rebuild his neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, through his art and resources, led him to reflect deeply on his roots and the life that generations of black New Orleanians before him built in the face of racism and oppression.

Pierce said of the experience that inspired him to write What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now: “What thoughts are to the individual – who am I, what have I done, where am I going – Art is to the community. Art is the place where we reflect on our strengths, our weaknesses, what we value as a people, and who we hope to become.”

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