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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Not a whole lot of books news today, folks — just a Halloween-appropriate announcement from Chief Scarer R.L. Stine, a lifted books ban in Arizona, and an ad campaign that’s both confusing and fascinating. Read on for today’s headlines:
R.L. Stine, the mastermind behind the Goosebumps books, is reviving the young adult horror series Fear Street. [The New York Times]
An Arizona school district has lifted its ban on seven Mexican-American studies books after a governing board voted 3-2 to reinstate them as “supplementary materials.” [Arizona Daily Star]
The ad campaign for the upcoming film adaptation of The Book Thief is intentionally left blank. The film’s ad took up two consecutive blank pages in The New York Times with only a URL listed at the bottom. [Adweek]
Larry Kirshbaum, head of Amazon Publishing, announced he’ll be stepping down early next year. [Publishers Weekly]
Speaking of Amazon (we’re always speaking of Amazon), a community of Goodreads users have been protesting Amazon’s new rules. [Salon]
The New York Times is doing a series of profiles of small poetry presses because “many smart people say they’re panic-stricken by poetry, as if it were an iambic migraine to be ducked.” [The New York Times]
Q&A of the day: Rosalind Wiseman introduced the term “mean girls” with Queen Bees & Wannabes. She has a new book coming out titled Masterminds & Wingmen and talked to USA Today about what’s going on in “Boy World.” [USA Today]
And for your must-read: What’s that word again? Liesl Schillinger’s new book, Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century, provides an updated list of terms for every situation, from “Facebook-happy” to “rotter.” [The New Yorker]
On the Books: Pat Conroy wants film adaptation of memoir; World Book Night to give away Stephen Chbosky's 'Perks'
Who does Pat Conroy have in mind to star in a film adaptation of his memoir? Which books will be given away for World Book Night? Who’s on all the shortlists? Answers to those and more top headlines below:
On the Books: Maya Angelou, Judy Blume sign open letter to Obama on standardized testing; Emily Dickinson manuscripts digitally archived
Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines: READ FULL STORY
Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim — known at the height of their popularity as “the Two Coreys” — were iconic ’80s teen stars who dealt with more adult problems behind the scenes. In his upcoming memoir Coreyography (Oct. 29), Feldman, 42, details the sexual abuse he and Haim experienced while working in Hollywood.
According to Feldman, Haim told him about an incident on the set of the 1986 film Lucas:
“Haim started to confide in me, about some intensely personal stuff, very quickly … Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about Lucas, the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself. At some point during the filming, he explained, an adult male convinced him that its was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the ‘guys do.’ So, they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.” READ FULL STORY
On the Books: World's largest Shakespeare collection to go online; Whiting Writers' Awards winners announced
Shakespeare is being digitized, self-published erotica is more scandalous than previously thought, and Charles Darwin once let his son draw on his manuscripts. Read on for more of today’s top headlines: READ FULL STORY
Author of 'One Life to Live' history gets decades' worth of dish, plus Nathan Fillion defends the honor of soaps
It’s no surprise daytime soaps get a bad rap. They’re on the air seemingly forever, and over the course of several decades, tackle everything from break-ups, hook-ups, and make-ups to out-of-body experiences, espionage, and even time travel.
Yet One Life to Live, which has included all of the above as plot points, has survived with a loyal following since premiering in 1968. Of course, the show has navigated some tricky daytime soap terrain in recent years: First, ABC canceled it (along with fellow long-running soap All My Children) in 2011. Then, it almost landed online as a web series with production company Prospect Park, but the deal fell through, and most of the cast left to join General Hospital. Finally, in January 2013, Prospect Park brought the show back as a half-hour daily series on Hulu and iTunes until the Oprah Winfrey Network picked it up in July.
In Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live, entertainment writer Jeff Giles (not to be confused with EW’s deputy editor of the same name) spent 18 months talking to the show’s writers, producers, and cast and crew members about the stigma of soap operas and how OLTL managed to produce five hours of scripted content every week. Through his more than 50 interviews, including ones with Erika Slezak, Judith Light, and Nathan Fillion, Giles uncovered anecdotes from behind the scenes, as well as tales about the production’s challenges as a show struggling to survive on a medium actively rejecting daytime soaps.
Giles talked to EW about his writing process, the time he ate quiche with Slezak, and why he thinks Breaking Bad is a soap. And don’t worry, Llanview lovers: He doesn’t leave this interview on a cliffhanger.
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On the Books: Apple to be monitored over deals with publishing houses; Amazon removes self-published pornographic e-books
No prizes or major announcements today, folks — this morning’s books headlines feature major companies hitting snags with publishing houses, but there are plenty of other good reads online. Check out more of today’s links below: READ FULL STORY
Awards dominate today’s book news, with the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize announced Tuesday night and the National Book Award finalists revealed this morning. Below, more of today’s top headlines and must-reads: READ FULL STORY
There are quite a few famous names among the National Book Award finalists, which were announced this morning. Among the fiction contenders are Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri for her novel The Lowland and the famously press-shy Thomas Pynchon for Bleeding Edge. Even the least known novelist, Rachel Kushner, has been a finalist before. See below for the entire shortlist in all four categories: READ FULL STORY
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