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Paperback version of 'Steve Jobs' to feature young Jobs on cover

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After almost two years since the release of the hardcover book, Simon & Schuster is due to publish the paperback of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs this fall. But don’t mistake the cover photo for a clean-shaven Ashton. The paperback cover art will feature 29-year-old Jobs in the same fashion as the hardcover’s iconic black-and-white portrait. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from 'William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope' -- EXCLUSIVE

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“Darth Vader, only thou couldst be so bold.”

Carrie Fisher may inexplicably have a bit of a British accent during the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope, but this latest genre mash-up puts the epic space opera in the hands of the Bard himself. Debut author Ian Doescher blends protocol droids with iambic pentameter in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.

Tapping into the vein of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars follows the basic structure of the original Star Wars film but molds it according to the style of a Shakespearean play. Lord Vader still seizes the spaceship of Princess Leia of Alderaan in search of the Rebellion’s plans against the Galactic Empire. C-3PO still cries and complains about everything. R2-D2 still beeps and buzzes — but this time in flowing verse.

So if you’re a fan of Stormtroopers and/or soliloquies, check out Act I, scenes 1-4 of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars below: READ FULL STORY

Summer Must List: 10 books for your beach bag

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This summer, take some time to relax by the pool, in a hammock, or at the beach with these ten must-reads. From thrillers to tearjerkers to the undefinable Crazy Rich Asians, this list has it all. So if you’re stuck trying to decide what to download on your Kindle or buy at the local bookstore, click on for our must list of great summer reads.

NEXT: Claire Messud’s follow up to The Emperor’s Children

Jason Collins on book rumors: 'I have no current plans to write any books'

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

Alexandria, Va. tops Amazon's list of well-read cities

The most well-read cities in the country may surprise you.

According to the third-annual survey conducted by Amazon.com, the most well-read city in the country is Alexandria, Virginia. Fitting that it is name for an ancient city with the most famous library in the world, right?

Well, not exactly — it isn’t the classics that are boosting Alexandria’s readership. According to Amazon, ranking is based on sales of books, magazines, and newspapers — in print and for Kindle. The top selling book was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Romance novels like E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey contributed greatly to sales in two-time list-topper Alexandria, and this year’s number two city, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville made a jump from the number 12 spot to number two this year, in large part due to sales of Fifty Shades of Grey. Vancouver, Washington, Dayton, Ohio, Clearwater, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida are on the list for the first time this year.

See the top 20 here.

Watch the trailer for Benjamin Percy's new novel 'Red Moon' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Benjamin Percy (The Wilding) is the latest author to take on the supernatural world, mixing werewolf mythology with a zombie formula of modern horror. In Red Moon, humanity is threatened by an animal-borne pathogen that transforms innocent bystanders into supernatural beings, and the government’s reaction to that epidemic is nearly as dangerous as the disease. In the book’s exclusive trailer, we see the beginnings of what appears to be a war between lycans and the human race. As the trailer puts it, “They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change.”

Watch the exclusive Red Moon trailer below, and find the book on shelves May 7: READ FULL STORY

Margaret Thatcher biography to be released after her funeral

Margaret Thatcher made sure her legacy would live on.

Before her passing, the former British prime minister approved a biography to be released after her death. NPR reports that the biography, titled Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning, was written by Charles Moore and published by Allen Lane.

Allen Lane released a statement saying, “The biography was commissioned in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Baroness Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Baroness Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively.”

Thatcher’s biography will be released immediately following Thatcher’s funeral, which will take place next week.

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The teen E L James: Beth Reekles talks ‘The Kissing Booth’,’ sex in YA, and French homework — EXCLUSIVE
Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! — EXCLUSIVE
Watch the trailer for Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Seige and Storm’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scottish author Iain Banks diagnosed with gall bladder cancer, given 'several months' to live

Scottish author Iain Banks recently informed readers that he has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has only months to live.

The well-loved fiction and sci-fi author, who wrote The Wasp Factory and Consider Phlebas, issued an official statement on his website, which explained that the gall bladder cancer had spread and effectively ruled out any opportunity for surgery:

“The bottom line, now, I’m afraid, is that as a late stage gall bladder cancer patient, I’m expected to live for ‘several months’ and it’s extremely unlikely I’ll live beyond a year. So it looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last.

As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps).”

Banks, who has not yet decided if he will undergo chemotherapy to extend his life, also informed his fans that his publishers are working diligently to move up the publication date of The Quarry so that he will be around when it hits shelves. In the meantime, a website will be up and running soon where readers can keep track of his progress. Read Banks’ full statement here.

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Read an exclusive excerpt from ‘Beautiful Stranger,’ the follow-up to the steamy ‘Twilight’ fanfic ‘Beautiful Bastard’
Author and TV writer Maria Semple talks ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’, ‘Arrested Development’, and the ‘Bernadette’ movie
The New York Times’ haiku blog is the best thing about National Poetry Month

Author and TV writer Maria Semple talks 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette', 'Arrested Development', and the 'Bernadette' movie

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, released in paperback today, tells the story of Bernadette Fox, a brilliant architect turned neurotic housewife who spends her days planning a family trip to Antarctica per her teenage daughter’s request. What results is a hilarious epistolary novel constructed almost entirely of letters and email correspondence. When Bernadette goes missing, it becomes her daughter’s sole purpose to track down her mother in this story about family, failure and bouncing back. The second novel from television writer Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, made a splash in the book world in 2012 and is now being made into a feature film. We caught up with Semple to talk about the book, the movie and everything in between: READ FULL STORY

Jo Nesbo's 'The Bat' gets U.S. release date -- See the exclusive new cover!

If you’re a U.S. fan of Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, we have some good news!

Nesbo’s first novel, The Bat, is going to be distributed in the U.S. for the first time as a Paperback Original on July 2. The first of three books in the Inspector Harry Hole series, The Bat tells the story of Harry Hole’s work on the Oslo Crime Squad, located in Austrtalia. When called to observe a case, Hole discovers a serial killer. The crime thriller then mixes suspense with romance when Hole stars to fall for a friend of one of the victims.

The Vintage Crime/Black Lizard publication of The Bat follows the U.S. release of Nesbo’s second book, Phantom, on Apr. 23 and the final book in the trilogy, The Redeemer, in May.

Check out an exclusive first look at The Bat‘s new cover below! READ FULL STORY

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