Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, will be published in the U.S. on August 12th. The book has been out in Japan since last April and sold more than a million copies in its first week. The Guardian writes that the story “hinges around Tsukuru Tazaki, an isolated 36-year-old man struggling to overcome the trauma of rejection by his high-school friends years earlier. Like its title, the novel’s opening line might not sound like obvious best-seller material: ‘From July of his sophomore year at college to January next year, Tsukuru Tazaki was living while mostly thinking about dying.'”
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The brilliant mind of Stephen King is still churning out nightmares and twisted fantasies. The author just announced on his official website that he will be releasing Revival on November 11, 2014. He posted this description:
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that ‘revival’ has many meanings.
This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
This will be King’s second novel for 2014. In June, he will be releasing a hard-boiled detective novel called Mr. Mercedes, which will be a new frontier for the 66-year-old author. What are your thoughts on the new book?
You read that right. Apparently the nation’s capital is the most literate city in America for the fourth year in a row. News to me. I thought everyone in DC was on the phone with donors all day. The study was conducted by Central Connecticut State University, and it takes into account the number of bookstores, library resources, Internet use, educational levels and newspaper circulation of 77 of the largest cities in America. And coming in at 77th is Bakersfield, CA. Poor Bakersfield. They also took the gold medal in worst air quality in 2013. Let’s show them some love in 2014 please. [USA Today]
Today the Folio Society announced its shortlist of nominees for their inaugural Folio Prize, which honors English-language fiction from around the world that is published in the UK, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. The prize is £40,000 and a ticket to the “glittering ceremony at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.” Sounds like luxury! The authors in the running are Anne Carson, Amity Gaige, Jane Gardam, Kent Haruf, Rachel Kushner, Eimear McBride, Sergio De La Pava, and George Saunders. The biggest surprise is the heavy representation of Americans, who make up five of the eight nominees. Saunders was listed for his latest short-story collection Tenth of December. [Folio Prize]
Great news from Dreamworks this morning. The studio is opening a book publishing unit that will put out titles based on their animated films, like Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. The books will be available in print and digital formats, which is great, but I hope that they offer audiobooks of Madagascar read by the lemurs. Or better yet, classics read by the lemurs. Tuck Everlasting would be so much easier to choke down if it were read by the lemurs. [Wall Street Journal]
Given the fulsome tributes which followed the recent death of Lou Reed many folks may now feel well informed about the rock icon. But did you know Reed lived right next to where director Sean Cunningham shot his horror film Friday the 13th?
“He did,” confirms author David Grove, whose new book On Location in Blairstown: The Making of Friday the 13th features this nugget of information, among many others. “They filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Blairstown, New Jersey, and the property was owned by a man called Fred Smith. He kept talking to the crew about his neighbor, Lou. And the crew said, ‘Who’s Lou?’ And they discovered it was Lou Reed. He came by during filming and he sometimes played some music.”
Now that Charlaine Harris has driven a stake into her Sookie Stackhouse series, she’s starting over with a brand new planned trilogy. Midnight Crossroad, coming in May 2014, will kick off the series. Harris gave EW a little tease into the upcoming novel: READ FULL STORY
Things are looking a bit Grimm for Nick Burkhardt — though not on your TV screen. Instead, author John Shirley has written an original novel based on NBC’s hit fairy tale series series. In Grimm: The Icy Touch, Nick and Hank are left to investigate The Icy Touch, a criminal organization that’s threatening Wesen into joining their operation. The investigation quickly sparks a deadly rivalry.
We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from The Icy Touch, including two chapters in which Nick, Hank, Monroe, and Wesen find themselves in a fight or two. Check them out below:
You probably recognize Kunal Nayyar as The Big Bang Theory‘s Raj, an astrophysicist drawn to dating problems, but soon enough, Nayyar will be able to put another title under his name: published author.
EW has confirmed that Nayyar will join Atria Books to create a not-yet-titled collection of humorous autobiographical essays with a focus on his experiences growing up in India and his journey to becoming an actor.
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Defeating the Empire is no easy task — even for a whip-smart, blaster-touting princess. Princess Leia takes the spotlight in a new novel set in between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Empire & Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells follows Leia as she is forced to work with pirates from her home world, Alderaan. On the surface this may seem lucky for the Rebel Alliance leader, but much to her chagrin, the marauders blame the Rebellion for Alderaan’s destruction.
Razor’s Edge debuts a couple weeks ahead of the second annual Star Wars Reads Day, which celebrates the expansive pantheon of books based on a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Reads Day events, which include author and illustrator appearances, take place in bookstores and libraries nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Watch the official trailer for Razor’s Edge here: READ FULL STORY
Something is stirring in the US-Mexican border deserts, and it isn’t Walter White cooking in an RV. Go the F— to Sleep author Adam Mansbach trades in irreverent “children’s” fare for the dark and supernatural with his upcoming novel, The Dead Run.
Set in the contentious borderlands between the United States and Mexico, The Dead Run follows El Cucuy, a boogeyman and evil force that transcends mere myth, as he plots to regain his former glory and power through his son. The stories of three very different people — a wrongly imprisoned man, an escaped former cult member, and a desperate police chief — weave together as they encounter El Cucuy’s will in this tense, paranormal thriller.
Check out the ominous exclusive video here: READ FULL STORY
What do you do when you’ve appeared in one of the worst films ever made? Why, write a book about it, of course!
Okay, so that’s not what usually happens. But there is very little which could be considered “usual” about the infamous, so-bad-it’s-amazing 2003 film The Room, one of whose stars, Greg Sestero (“Oh, hi Mark!”), has now penned a book called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Published by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 1 and cowritten with noted pop culture scribe Tom Bissell, the tome tracks Sestero’s involvement with The Room and his friendship with the film’s prime creative force-cum-onscreen love machine, the mercurial Tommy Wiseau.
Is it tearing you apart that you have to wait a couple of weeks before getting your hands on a copy? Then feel free to check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist below.
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