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
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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
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:
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