Karen Thompson Walker has had an earth-shaking year in 2012. A former book editor herself, Walker’s first novel The Age of Miracles debuted to excellent reviews (including an A– grade from EW) and will likely make it onto several year-end best lists. The novel follows an 11-year-old narrator named Julia, who comes to terms with a subtle but disastrous apocalyptic event: The world’s rotation on its axis has slowed down; days have gotten longer, which leads to all sorts of disturbing changes, both on a global scale and in deeply personal ways for Julia. The paperback edition comes out Jan. 15, and we have an exclusive look at the new cover below. Plus, Walker talks about her big year and gives an update on the possible movie adapation. READ FULL STORY »
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Earlier this summer Shelf Life revealed the cover of Vortex, the much-anticipated sequel to Julie Cross’ Tempest. Since then, the powers that be decided to switch things up with a brand-new cover. So let’s try this again! The updated cover features Jackson and Holly—albeit in slightly different clothes—and the tagline “There will be no calm before the storm.” Check it out after the jump.
Gayle Forman, New York Times best-selling author of If I Stay has a new novel coming out Jan. 8, and we have the exclusive first look. Just One Day is the first of a duet, with the companion novel to follow in fall 2013.
Here’s the official description: “Sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey has always followed the rules. Laid-back 20-year-old Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter has never been given too many rules to follow, so he just makes them up as he goes along. But when the two first meet in England at an underground performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. As they spend just one day together in Paris, that spark bursts into a flame of love, or so it seems to Allyson, anyhow, until the following morning, when she wakes up to discover that Willem has disappeared without a trace. Over the next year, Allyson is forced to come to terms with the narrow confines of the life that has been built for her, and, haltingly at first, through Shakespeare, through travel, and through looking for Willem, to break free of those confines.”
Check out an exclusive excerpt and the cover reveal after the jump:
2013 will be a double whammy for Stephen King fans. The big headliner may be Dr. Sleep, the Shining sequel slated for Sept. 24, 2013, but King’s other much-anticipated novel Joyland comes three months earlier in June from publisher Hard Case Crime. Joyland takes place in a small-town North Carolina amusement park, where college student Devin Jones arrives at the park to work as a carny for the summer, but he ends up experiencing much more than he bargained for when he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child.
EW got a peek at the cover of Joyland before anyone else. Check it out below! The original cover painting is by Glen Orbik. READ FULL STORY »
Crime writer and board-certified forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs is best known for her Temperance Brennan novels, which were adapted into the Fox television series Bones. But Virals, her latest series, has been infecting an altogether different and younger crowd. Code, Reichs’ highly anticipated third young adult novel, won’t be coming out until March 7, 2013, but EW has a peek at the cover and a teaser excerpt. Check out both below! READ FULL STORY »
Do shiny new covers make you want to re-read old favorites? I’m not ashamed to admit that re-issues are one publishing marketing ploy that I’m entirely susceptible to, especially when they’re done with originality and care. Vintage Books recently released Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other Truman Capote classics as e-books, but these new editions, designed by Megan Wilson, might rekindle your loyalty to paperback. Like Capote himself, the updated covers (coming this July) are stylish and daring with an undertone of darkness. Click through to see the seven re-issued covers, and tell us your favorite in the comments. Mine is Answered Prayers.
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Joe Brainard (1941-1994) was a marvelous artist – a painter whose work, including his collages and drawings, revealed a shrewdly intelligent man who was able to tap into a naif’s youthful innocence, a sharpie’s wit, and a commercial creator’s uniquely sophisticated sense of design. Brainard was also a sometime-writer whose words (and some art) have been collected in a “special publication” from The Library of America as The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. READ FULL STORY »
Noir thriller giant James M. Cain is, of course, the man who brought us the twist-filled delights of Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce. Cain died 35 years ago but it turns out that the novelist still has one more surprise up his sleeve. This September, Titan books will publish a “lost final novel” by the author called The Cocktail Waitress. According to Titan, the book concerns a young, beautiful widow who “takes a job as a waitress in a cocktail lounge, where she meets two new men: a handsome young schemer she falls in love with, and a wealthy older man she marries.”
Mmm, sounds like classic Cain territory. Certainly the cover of The Cocktail Waitress gives off an appropriately noir-ish scent with its combination of alcohol, cigarettes, and, naturally, sex. You can take an exclusive look at that cover to the left and, in larger format, below.
Pour yourself a martini, check it out, and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY »
'Star Wars: Scoundrels': New Timothy Zahn novel features Han, Chewie, and Lando -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
In the Expanded Universe of Star Wars publishing, one name stands out above the rest: Timothy Zahn. The author revolutionized that galaxy far, far away with his 1991 best-seller Heir to the Empire. In addition to creating now-indispensable characters like Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and Grand Admiral Thrawn, he’s the one responsible for conjuring (and naming) that glittering galactic capital, Coruscant, which George Lucas decided to adopt for his Prequel Trilogy.
But while Zahn paved the way for Star Wars authors to explore the time line after Return of the Jedi, he’s been in an Original Trilogy mood of late. 2007′s Allegiance and 2011′s Choices of One both took place in the three-year period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and focused on the early adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca in the Rebel Alliance. Unlike most of the EU these days, Zahn’s tales haven’t been sprawling, multi-book arcs about yet another battle to save the galaxy. He’s remained committed to telling intimate, personal stories that tap into what made Star Wars resonate the world over: its characters.
Now Zahn’s ready to debut a book that fans have been dying to read: a heist novel starring Han, Chewie, and Lando Calrissian. EW can exclusively announce that Zahn’s latest yarn will be called Star Wars: Scoundrels and will hit bookstores on December 26, 2012, just in time for Boxing Day. Check out the cover and official description from Del Rey Books below: READ FULL STORY »
By now you’ve probably heard the tale of the little erotic novel that could, Fifty Shades of Grey. Originally released last year, first-time fiction author E.L. James’s surprise bestseller has been quietly heating things up for months as word of mouth spread. The romance novel, which prominently features bondage, S&M, and assorted other deliciously debaucherous acts, has been gaining traction recently and headlines about the “cult hit” helped catapult it to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List this past weekend.
The Today Show even aired a segment wondering what it said about women and feminism today that we were devouring this bondage fantasy. But it is all about the fantasy. James originally wrote it as Twilight fan fiction, submitting it chapter-by-chapter online. Then Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House out of Australia snapped it up, breaking it into three books (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed).
If you don’t recognize that jacket, it’s no surprise. A majority of the more than 250,000 copies sold have been through eBooks, surreptitiously consumed by women everywhere (myself included). But now that Vintage Books (Random House) has signed Grey and the rest of the books in the trilogy, more hard copies will be readily available.
The cover they’ve chosen is pretty nondescript, but don’t let that stop you. I’m pretty glad I got to read all about recent college grad Anastasia and Christian, the insanely hot CEO who wants to make her his submissive via my Kindle app. The vivid descriptions of both the “vanilla sex” and the kind that includes things like whips and floggers was utterly engrossing and I didn’t need anyone on my train home to know what I was reading.
And yet still I bristle at the term “mommy porn” that’s being bandied about in reference to the Grey series. It conjures up too many images of bored, frustrated housewives. And I can tell you from my seriously unscientific sampling that the book has appeal across socioeconomic and racial barriers. For all that you could nitpick about the book –repetitious phrases, enough references to Anastasia’s Inner Goddess and her Subconcious to make them extra characters or the Twilight comparisons (insecure and innocent beauty who doesn’t know she’s attractive meets controlling older man with a magnetic personality) — the story is just plain fun. In the realm of guilty pleasures, it’s far from the worst thing you could read – and it doesn’t deserve all the condescension I’m seeing in the coverage of James’ rise to the top. Okay, now back to my Kindle.
The sales alone say I can’t be the only one who got sucked in! But what about you, Shelf Lifers? Have things gone all Grey for you?
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