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New 'Walking Dead' book series coming from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga -- EXCLUSIVE


After collaborating on four novels already, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga are teaming up again for another four book Walking Dead series, the first of which is titled Descent and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press on Oct. 14. And we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover for you right here. (Zombies in a tunnel are always a scary sight…unless Maggie Greene is around, I suppose.) READ FULL STORY

Love 'Dune'? Check out these five sci-fi reads

Back in 1974, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorofsky began the ambitious project of translating sci-fi 1965 novel Dune to the big screen. Although Jodorofsky’s adaptation of the extraterrestrial story eventually fell apart because no Hollywood studio would finance the avant-garde, pricey film, the 1965 novel by American author Frank Herbert later inspired a book saga, a 1984 film, a three-part mini series in 2000, and even a comic book series.


Love 'Reign'? Three British princess books to dive into

Just admit it: you’re head over heels for Reign. Ratings for the racy CW drama have been steadily rising – look no further than Thursday’s lavish wedding episode, which earned its highest viewership of the season – which seem to indicate the market for edgy princess drama is holding its own.

And with good reason. The 16th century, with its corseted dresses, complicated transnational politics, torrid affairs, absurd wigs and class struggles, has long inspired period television drama and film. Hundreds of authors have been similarly inspired, penning a host of deliciously scandalous offerings meant to satisfy your craving for all things bejeweled, lusty and forbidden. So if you’re longing for more after Reign’s last episode, there are plenty of books to choose from. Here’s a look at three of our very favorite princess books, complete with epic romance, sprawling castles, the Queen’s English, and a gripping storyline revolving around a throne at stake. READ FULL STORY

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi's memoir coming in 2016

Fashion celebrity Isaac Mizrahi has a deal with Amy Einhorn Books for a memoir that will track his rise from an unhappy childhood in Brooklyn to hanging out at Studio 54 to international fame.

Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled for release in 2016 and is tentatively titled I.M.

The 52-year-old Mizrahi previously wrote the fashion advice book How to Have Style.

New speed reading technology might change reading forever


Imagine if you could read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in a mere 77 minutes. Or latest YA favorite Divergent in just 105 minutes. Or a huge classic novel — like Les Miserables, which has roughly 560,000 words of text — in nine hours.

You can speed read through these books — as well as emails, news articles and blogs — thanks to tech company Spritz, which is promising to change reading forever by altering the way readers view and process text. No more poring over lengthy sentences or losing your place on a page — instead, Spritz  is offering readers the chance to process text at speeds as high as 1,000 words per minute.

Spritz will be releasing its technology on the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch, the company recently announced at the Mobil World Congress in Barcelona. And with the phone or watch, readers will be able to process text one word at a time at various scrolling speeds. Whether one opts for 250 or 1,000 words per minute, Spritz is counting on making the brain change the way it expects and analyzes texts.

It turns out that Spritz is basing its technology on a well-established speed reading method called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. Based on the same premise that trained speed readers use, the special display technology saves readers the time of reading a page from left to right by placing text at one spot at a specified speed. Add to that some fancy jargon called “Optimal Recognition Point” – ORP for short — which, according to Spritz’s blog, refers to highlighting certain text red so that your eye never needs to move from a central viewing point, and you’ve got the recipe for tackling the Bible in 13 hours flat.

But what happens when the eye processes words — instead of relying on the brain to analyze context? The Boston-based start up isn’t the first to develop a speed reading app — vapps like Velocity and Speed Reading Trainer for Android  can be downloaded for just a few bucks — but EW has confirmed they are pitchings its technology to global tech giants like Google, Yahoo and Apple.

So will Spritz prove an effective tool at tackling the hundreds of emails that seem to flood the average corporate employee daily? Or will authors find themselves competing for audiences for whom the story, instead of its delivery and prose, matters most? And what happens when the core of what makes great books great — the composed phrases that make us laugh, cry, ache and crave more — gets reduced to mere words? We know that technology  in the form of  e-readers has given a new generation a platform by which to consume books, but will the love and pleasure of reading be changed forever if pleasure can be reduced down to WPM? Are we saying “hello” to a new age of Cliff Notes — or beginning the process or saying “goodbye” to a form of communication that’s been established for centuries?

England's iconic authors dress up as favorite children’s book characters in photo exhibit

Renowned British fiction writer Neil Gaiman is pictured looking sly in black-and-white makeup and a burgundy crushed velvet blazer. He’s Badger, of course, from The Wind in the Willows. Then there’s Children’s Laureate author Malorie Blackman, transformed into a terrifying Wicked Witch of the West. There are other English authors, too – Terry Pratchett, Cressida Cowell, Terry Jones and Steven Butler – all dressed up and looking quite convincing as their very favorite children’s book characters.

More than 20 of the U.K.’s most celebrated authors and storytellers took part in a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dress up as their fictional favorites, ranging from Mary Poppins (National Laureate for Storytelling Katrice Horsley), trickster Till Eulenspiegel (poet and children’s author Michael Rosen) and a convincing Jekyll and Hyde (novelist Anthony Horowitz). The photos, meant to appeal to young and more mature readers alike, will be featured in an interactive exhibit at England’s Story Museum.

“I think that anything that preserves stories, that encourages stories, that will lead children to find stories that they might not otherwise stumble across is great,” said author Charlie Higson, in a statement, who chose to dress up as Boromir from Lord of the Rings. “And to have a center where people can tell stories, the very earliest form of storytelling, and writers will enjoy going to, is a great thing.”

The exhibit – titled 26 Characters – will run from April 5 through November 2.

'The Wire' star Wendell Pierce announces Katrina-inspired book, 'What's the Good of Losing Heart Now?' -- EXCLUSIVE

For Wendell Pierce, the actor much-lauded for his roles in The Wire and Treme, the hurricane that ripped through New Orleans more than eight years ago is never far from his heart and mind.

Riverhead Books has announced exclusively to EW that Pierce, who watched as Hurricane Katrina destroyed his childhood home and neighborhood in 2005, is penning a book about the national catastrophe and the effect it had on his family, his life, his memory, and his hometown. What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now will tell the story of how the actor’s efforts to rebuild his neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, through his art and resources, led him to reflect deeply on his roots and the life that generations of black New Orleanians before him built in the face of racism and oppression.

Pierce said of the experience that inspired him to write What’s the Good of Losing Heart Now: “What thoughts are to the individual – who am I, what have I done, where am I going – Art is to the community. Art is the place where we reflect on our strengths, our weaknesses, what we value as a people, and who we hope to become.”

Ray Bradbury, 'Fahrenheit 451' author, dead at 91

Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of Fahrenheit 451, has died. He was 91. He died Tuesday night, his daughter said Wednesday. Alexandra Bradbury did not have additional details.

Although slowed in recent years by a stroke that meant he had to use a wheelchair, Bradbury remained active into his 90s, turning out new novels, plays, screenplays and a volume of poetry. He wrote every day in the basement office of his home in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles and appeared from time to time at bookstores, public library fundraisers and other literary events around Los Angeles. His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans. Bradbury also scripted John Huston’s 1956 film version of Moby Dick and wrote for The Twilight Zone and other television programs, including The Ray Bradbury Theater, for which he adapted dozens of his works. “What I have always been is a hybrid author,” Bradbury said in 2009. “I am completely in love with movies, and I am completely in love with theater, and I am completely in love with libraries.” READ FULL STORY

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