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See the cover of 'The Ninth Circle' by Brendan Deneen -- EXCLUSIVE


Like Dan Brown’s Inferno, The Ninth Circle finds inspiration in Dante’s classic work. This novel, though, follows young man’s coming-of-age as he travels with a circus through nine states, falls in love with the Bearded Lady, and encounters performers who possess magical abilities along the way.

While The Ninth Circle is film-exec-turned-editor Brendan Deneen’s first prose novel, he’s already an established graphic novelist and playwright, having written Scatterbrain and contributed to Flash Gordon and Casper the Friendly Ghost. At Macmillan Publisher’s, Deneen edits The Walking Dead novels by Robert Kirkman and the novelized sequel to the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All.

On The Books: A book deal for 'Style Rookie' Tavi Gevinson

Style Rookie” Tavi Genvinson – the coolest, quirkiest, little fashionista-feminist to ever pen a blog – has just gotten two more book deals approved. The projects will be two “yearbooks,” which feature highlights from her online mag, Rookie. If you don’t already read her blogs, then get over there now. She thanks Ira Glass and Jane Pratt for being her guardian angels. Get me in on that please! If only we all had this much moxie at 17 years old. Le sigh. [Yahoo] READ FULL STORY

'Good Morning America' anchor Amy Robach to chronicle living with breast cancer in upcoming book

Back in October 2013, ABC news correspondent Amy Robach, 40, discovered she had breast cancer after she underwent an on-air mammogram at the urging of her Good Morning America colleague Robin Roberts. In an as-yet-untitled memoir acquired by Ballantine Bantam Dell, Robach will chronicle her living with and treating her cancer while continuing her career at ABC News and raising a family with her husband Andrew Shue.

“This is completely unchartered territory for me. I have covered the tragedies and triumphs of others for nearly 20 years as a journalist, but never before have I faced such personal fear, humility and uncertainty,” said Robach in a press release. “I want to share this road that so many have traveled before, and help pave the way for those who unfortunately will follow. Nothing is the same, everything changes, but the fight to live joyfully has been ignited.”

On The Books: Jane Austen Was Bored In Church

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A fragment of paper with Jane Austen’s delicate scratch on it was discovered in a first edition of The Memoirs of Jane Austen. Apparently she was transcribing a sermon that her brother wrote, which is just so like her. Maybe she was bored in church too. She’s human after all! For another (less delicate) snippet of Jane Austen, peep this, a succinct yet nuanced account of Pride & Prejudice. [The Guardian]

Another Austen-y thing online today: a “fictional” map of London. Curiocity, a British map-maker that designs alternative and unusual ways of looking at London, has just published a map of the city’s nooks and crannies that have been featured in famous works of fiction. To answer your most pressing questions, yes, they feature hot spots from Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’ Diary. [The Independent]

Today seems to be the day for scraps of handwriting to be cropping up online. An article on David Foster Wallace showcases two of his childhood poems written in his own adorable baby-hand. Everyone knows the man was a genius, but clearly he was also a child prodigy. I can barely scratch out a haiku and he was penning rhymes in kindergarten. DFW FTW. [Open Culture]

Good news for romance fans! The Hallmark Channel has just announced that they will be developing a television series based on Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores novels. Thank God. I’ve been feeling like there’s something missing in the programming between Golden Girls and I Love Lucy. Problem Solved!

On The Books: Neil Gaiman reads you a bedtime story

Don’t you wish that Neil Gaiman was your kooky uncle? He would sneak you into the circus and you’d get to hold the Biggest Amazonian Python That Ever Lived (whose name is Lucille). He’d help you put frogs in your sister’s bathtub. He’d keep secrets for you, like that time that you accidentally buried your dad’s favorite watch in the park. He would agree that pirate treasure is only good if it’s buried. To help you cement the fantasy that Gaiman is your favorite uncle, here he is reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham.

A federal judge sentenced a woman to five years in prison and also assigned her some reading for the long nights behind bars. What philosophical tome would a judge think a former eco-saboteur could benefit from? Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. Naturally. [Gawker]

Apple is in an ongoing legal scuffle over the prices of their e-books. Bloomberg reported that consumers are demanding $840 million in damages. Turns out you’re not the only one who thought you were overpaying for 50 Shades of Grey on your ipad. But before you get excited, it’s unlikely that you will be getting any of that money back. [Bloomberg]

If you were dying to know how Zadie Smith feels about tipping waiters, let out a sigh of relief because she’s laid it all out for The Telegraph today. In short, she finds giving money to the delivery man “awkward.” If I felt indignant on behalf of America’s “service with a smile,” her dig at the Astor Place Pret A Manger made up for it. Smith also has a short story in The New Yorker this week. [The Telegraph]

See the all-star lineup of readers for Lemony Snicket's next audiobook -- EXCLUSIVE


Lemony Snicket always has a few tricks up his sleeve, and it appears he’s called in some favors for the upcoming audio version of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (out on April Fool’s Day, fittingly). File Under presents 13 mini-mysteries that a young Snicket must solve, and for the audio version, 13 very cool people have signed on to read. Among them are a few radio hosts, an MSNBC anchor, some popular YA authors, musicians, and a football player. Listen to an intro from all 13 readers and see the list exclusively below: READ FULL STORY

See new covers for Judy Blume's 'Tiger Eyes' and 'Deenie' -- EXCLUSIVE


Everyone from Lena Dunham to Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler have declared their love for Judy Blume, and now Simon & Schuster is bringing some of her classics to another generation of young readers. Two months ago we revealed updated editions of Forever and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, and now we have a sneak peek at Tiger Eyes and Deenie. (Available Apr. 29). Check them out below! READ FULL STORY

Rainbow Rowell signs two-book deal with First Second -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s time to fangirl because Fangirl author Rainbow Rowell has signed a two-book deal with First Second. She’ll be writing two as-yet-untitled graphic novels which will be YA prose fiction, in the same vein as the aforementioned Fangirl and Printz Honor winner Eleanor & Park. The books were acquired for First Second by Senior Editor Calista Brill. Are you fangirling yet? Because we are.


See the cover of Seth MacFarlane's first novel, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' -- EXCLUSIVE


It’s rare enough for novelists to turn their own novels into movies, and it’s even rarer for a screenwriter to novelize his own script before the movie even comes out. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wants to give you an early glimpse of his movie A Million Ways to Die in the West (out late May) — starring himself, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman — in book form (out Mar. 4). And unlike the novelization of, say, Attack of the Clones, which was written by a seasoned tie-in author, it’s written by the director-writer-star himself.

Check out the cover of MacFarlane’s debut novel above and the official description below: READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling muses on 'Harry Potter' character Gilderoy Lockhart for Pottermore -- EXCLUSIVE


We are able to reveal new information from J.K. Rowling about one of the most colorful characters from the Harry Potter books: Gilderoy Lockhart.

Played by Kenneth Branagh in the films, the vain one-time Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher’s birthday falls on January 26th, and J.K. Rowling has recorded three short audio clips for – the digital platform for the Harry Potter stories and the world described within them. These clips are being revealed today at A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and will be released on soon.

In the three clips, J.K. Rowling discusses her flamboyant creation’s family background, a failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts. The audio reveals her mischievous sense of humour, and a penchant for poking fun at the excesses of celebrity, with echoes of today’s celebrity endorsement culture. READ FULL STORY

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