Only a week into November, Amazon has already called its picks for best books of 2013. Some of the choices are bold, some are expected, but decide for yourself whether Amazon’s faves will make your holiday list. EW’s list is coming shortly, so stay tuned! READ FULL STORY
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On the Books: 'Washington Times' ends Rand Paul's column; Lynn Coady wins Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize
Rand Paul’s column for The Washington Times is no more, while outside the U.S., Lynn Coady won Canada’s top literary award, and the U.K. finalizes its judging panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize. Read on for more of today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
Which series will see new installments? Who won top honors in the literary world this week? Those answers and more headlines below: READ FULL STORY
This week’s books news starts off with a new memoir, a plagiarism accusation, and a hefty donation. Read on for the headlines:
Swimmer Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old who successfully swam from Cuba to Florida, will be writing a memoir for Knopf. “Her book will tell the story of an epic journey, and a quest, in the ocean and on land, to live life at the highest level,” said executive editor Jordan Pavlin in a press release. “Nyad is a tremendous spirit with a message for the world.”
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has been accused of plagiarizing not only Wikipedia but from the Heritage Foundation for his book Government Bullies. “I take it as an insult,” Paul said in response to the Wikipedia accusations. “I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting.” [Buzzfeed]
The winner of the U.K.’s Samuel Johnson Prize, worth £20,000, will be awarded tonight. Six titles are on the shortlist, including Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher. [The Telegraph]
What’s on your bookshelf? Capitol One Bank announced it will donate 50,000 books to schools in the U.S. through its Investing for Good project. [LA Times]
It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo time — or National Novel Writing month for the uninitiated. To participate, simply write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, so ready, set, write! [USA Today]
In an op-ed, Felix Salmon asks whether Amazon is actually bad for publishers, given all the controversy surrounding Jeff Bezos, the company’s publishing guidelines, and the ongoing debate about the merit of e-books. [Reuters]
Not a must-read, but might be worth a quick look: the Jacket Party tumblr, whose user alters book covers to display “hidden” (sometimes NSFW) messages. [Tumblr]
On the Books: Dreamworks acquires rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's next book; Jane Austen portrait to be sold at auction
Happy Halloween! Below, some haunting reads and spooky lists. But in other news, Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book has been snatched up by Dreamworks for a film adaptation, while writers are bickering over an updated Jane Austen portrait.
Dreamworks has acquired the film rights to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin's upcoming book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, about Roosevelt and Taft's friendship that became a bitter rivalry. "Doris has once again given us the best seats in the house where we can watch two dynamic American personalities in a battle for power and friendship," said Steven Spielberg in a press release. Spielberg and Goodwin previously collaborated on Lincoln, which was partly based on Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
The best-known portrait of Jane Austen will be sold for the first time at an estimated £200,000 after her family put it up for auction. [The Telegraph]
The same portrait has been place on the new £10 note, but not everyone's a fan: Jane Austen biographer Paula Byrne calls the image "a 19th century airbrushed makeover." [BBC News]
Meanwhile, writer Attica Locke won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, an award recognizing "rising African-American writers for excellence." [LA Times]
HarperCollins will be creating an e-bookstore for C.S. Lewis titles, using two Lewis websites, CSLewis.com and Narnia.com. [Publishers Weekly]
On to some must-reads: USA Today took a look back at 20 years of its best-selling books list and explores what the titles mean for the way we read. [USA Today]
In the spirit of Halloween, here's a list of 15 spooky must-read books. [The Telegraph]
...And here's an essay on literature's haunted houses. Trick or treat! [The Guardian]
On the Books: Little, Brown to publish Willie Nelson's autobiography, Amazon Publishing unveils 'Day One' feature
Today’s news includes confirmed deals for Willie Nelson and Morrissey’s autobiographies, while Amazon and Barnes & Noble unveil more digital features. Read on for today’s headlines: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: P.D. James says she's solved real-life murder case; Morrissey autobiography finds U.S. publisher
The worlds of fiction and non-fiction are colliding — author P.D. James believes she’s solved a cold case. Meanwhile, fans of Morrissey in the U.S. may finally be able to get their hands on a copy (for less than the inflated prices of copies shipped from the U.K., anyway). Those headlines and more below: READ FULL STORY
Although she might dread forced alone time with Jonathan Franzen more than ghosts or witches, author Jennifer Weiner taps into some more universal fears with her latest Halloween-themed eShort Story Disconnected (available today on on Amazon.com, iBooks, B&N.com, booksamillion.com, Bookish, and IndieBound). The story centers on Shannon Will (who will also appear in Weiner’s upcoming novel All Fall Down), a recovering drug abuser who begins getting mysterious — and extremely creepy — text messages once she leaves rehab.
Disconnected follows in the tradition of Weiner’s previous haunting eShorts like A Memoir of Grief and Recalculating.
Veronica Roth’s trilogy sold nearly a half million copies its publication day, Oct. 22, while over the weekend, the Texas Book Festival saw best-selling authors speak to literary enthusiasts. Read on for more headlines: READ FULL STORY
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