After rumors started swirling that Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out as being gay just last week, was looking to publishers for a potential book deal, Collins took to Twitter to quiet the rumblings. Collins tweeted, “Contrary to Sportscenter reports, I have no current plans to write any books. Sorry to disappoint my literary loving fans.” READ FULL STORY »
No modern convenience is safe from a tell-all book: Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant lifted the veil on the restaurant biz; Heads in Beds taught you how to play the hotel industry; and now Cockpit Confidential (out today) by pilot Patrick Smith, author of Ask the Pilot, exposes facts you didn’t know you wanted to know about commercial airlines. In the book, he covers all the mysterious ins and outs of flying today, including where your airfare dollars go, the secrets behind airport security, the truth about cockpit automation, the real story on what causes delays… and what about that in-flight customer service (or lack thereof)? Everyone loves to complain about flying, so you might as well be informed about your complaints! See a few facts from the book below: READ FULL STORY »
I should have learned by now that openly declaring my skepticism about a book pretty much ensures that it will become one of my absolute favorites. That’s exactly what happened when I was handed The 5th Wave earlier this year. But boy, was I wrong. (And don’t just take my word for it.) So stop reading this post and go get a copy of The 5th Wave right now. I’ll wait…. Anyway, since Rick Yancey’s sci-fi thriller is out today, we caught up with the author so he could answer some of our burning questions. Check out his answers after the jump. READ FULL STORY »
In case you didn’t get enough Star Wars on May the 4th (be with you), launch into hyperspace to Jeffrey Brown’s cartoonified and family-friendly vision of the far-away galaxy. Brown, who brought you Mother’s and Father’s Day giftables Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, invites you to enroll in Jedi Academy come Aug. 27.
Jedi Academy captures the humor and awkwardness of middle school — all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot Academy, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy — a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now. This novel follows Roan’s first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too — like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.
Check out a sneak peek of Jedi Academy below!: READ FULL STORY »
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is suing her agent for copyright infringement. Lee claims that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her longtime agent, Eugene Winick, tricked her into signing over her copyright in 2007 when she was in an assisted-living facility after having suffered a stroke. Gloria Phares, Lee’s Lawyer, stated in the complaint: “Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see.”
Lee claims that she had no idea that she had signed over the copyright. And although the copyright was reassigned to Lee last year after other legal action, the 87-year-old author filed an additional lawsuit on Friday, hoping to reclaim full ownership of the copyright to the 1960 novel, therefore taking any remaining commissions away from her agent. With this latest lawsuit, Lee aims to stop Pinkus from receiving any more royalties from the hit novel, which has sold more than 30 million copies to date.
Janet Gurtler’s newest YA novel, How I Lost You (out now), tells the all-too-relatable tale of two inseparable best friends, Grace and Kya, as they struggle when their relationship begins to fall apart. It’s a cute summer read, perfect for any girl who’s faced tough times with her own BFF. Here, Gurtler talks about her inspiration for the book and her blog campaign where other YA authors share the good, bad, and ugly of teenage friendships. READ FULL STORY »
Last night, many of the country’s most famous mystery writers dressed to kill for the 2013 Edgar Awards, which honored the best writing in the crime genre of last year. Veteran Dennis Lehane and newcomer Chris Pavone won some of the biggest honors. Take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below: READ FULL STORY »
Truth or Dare, Jacqueline Green’s YA debut, hits shelves later this month. The Pretty Little Liars-esque thriller follows Tenley, Caitlin, and Sydney as they get wrapped up in an out-of-control game of—you guessed it—truth or dare. ”It seems like everyone has a secret or two. As I wrote Truth or Dare I wanted to explore what happens when closely guarded secrets are exposed—does the truth set people free? Or can it bring out the worst in someone?” Green says. “I was also inspired by my setting, a fictional beach town on the North Shore of Massachusetts, an area that I know and love. The ocean there is beautiful, but also powerful and sometimes dangerous. I loved the idea of writing a story that revealed the darker side of a seemingly idyllic seaside town.” Check out the exclusive trailer after the jump. READ FULL STORY »
Marie Lu answers burning questions about the final Legend novel 'Champion'. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE
Marie Lu’s epic dystopian series, which began with Legend and continued with Prodigy, comes to an end with the third installment Champion (Nov. 5). By the beginning of Champion, June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic, and now they’re on the brink of a new existence — a country at peace, with hope of reunification with the Colonies. Both are back in the good graces of the Republic: June is working within the government’s highest circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies. War threatens the Republic’s border cities once again. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever and, as June soon discovers, the Republic’s only means of defense could cost Day everything he has.
For fans who are itching for more of June and Day’s saga, we have two treats: the first look at the cover of Champion, and a teaser interview with Lu. Check them both out below! READ FULL STORY »
The defense attorney in John Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, is returning to the courtroom.
Grisham’s new book, Sycamore Row, will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday. Like A Time to Kill, it will feature Jake Brigance as a lawyer in a small Mississippi town. Knopf Doubleday promises a trademark Grisham tale of “intrigue, suspense and plot twists.”
A Time to Kill was published in 1989 and sold modestly. But after The Firm and other thrillers made Grisham a brand name, his first book was reissued and became a best-seller. A Time to Kill, in which Brigance successfully defends a man accused of murder, was later adapted into both a movie and a stage production.
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