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'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laverne Cox to Pen New Memoir

Harlequin announced today that it has secured the rights to a memoir penned by transgender actress Laverne Cox, who shot to fame this year in Netflix’s hit original series, Orange is the New Black. The book, which hits shelves in 2015, will describe Cox’s personal journey growing up transgender and how she overcame the personal obstacles in her life to become not only an acclaimed actress, but a popular advocate for LGBTQ organizations.

Cox made history when she became the first African-American transgender woman to appear on an American reality show, VH1’s I Want To Work For Diddy. She also produced another VH1 program, TRANSform Me, and starred in a number of small films before landing her breakout role of Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black.

“Laverne Cox is a powerful, accomplished actress and a beacon of hope to countless people of all ages around the world. The story of her life to this point is nothing short of an inspiration,” said editor Rebecca Hunt in a press release.

Watch Cox eloquently respond to an invasive question from Katie Couric about transgender people’s bodies here.

2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists announced

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It may not be as famous as the Pulitzer or as remunerative as the Booker, but the National Book Critics Circle Award is high in prestige among writers and publishers. Among the 30 nominees in six categories are National Book Award winners Jesmyn Ward for her autobiographical work Men We Reaped and George Packer for his nonfiction book The Unwinding. One of EW’s picks for best novels of 2013, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, is in the running in the fiction category. The highest-profile nominated novel, however, is Donna Tartt’s best-seller The Goldfinch. See the full list of finalists below: READ FULL STORY

See the paperback cover of 'Crazy Rich Asians' by Kevin Kwan -- EXCLUSIVE

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What does it mean to be a crazy-rich Asian as opposed to a plain old rich Asian? To find out, just delve into Kevin Kwan’s delicious beach read Crazy Rich Asians. The story explores the social and political hierarchies of three pedigreed Chinese families and the drama that strikes when Nicholas Young brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend home to Singapore for the summer. The bedazzled hardcover was a best-seller last summer and has been optioned for film by the producers of The Hunger Games movies. But if you want next season’s hottest look — as so many of Kwan’s characters do — hold out for the paperback version, exclusively revealed above, in May 2014.

Read an interview with Kwan here.

'On Such a Full Sea' debuts as the first-ever 3D book cover

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3D movies. 3D televisions. 3D…books?

Yep, you read that right. Riverhead Books has released what they’re dubbing “the first-ever 3D printed slipcover” for Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea. Hitting the market at a cool $150, the title will be available as a limited-edition white slipcover, which shows the words rising off the edges – just as if you were to look at the book through a pair of 3D glasses.

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On the Books: Ylvis' 'The Fox' children's book breaks records; 'Harry Potter' prequel headed to the stage

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A fox and a boy wizard lead today’s book headlines. Read on for more news: READ FULL STORY

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

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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

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

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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

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

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