Veronica Roth’s trilogy sold nearly a half million copies its publication day, Oct. 22, while over the weekend, the Texas Book Festival saw best-selling authors speak to literary enthusiasts. Read on for more headlines: READ FULL STORY
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Divergent wins this week’s round in dystopian YA novel sales against Hunger Games, while Captain Underpants will be returning to shelves with two new installments. Read on for more today’s books headlines:
Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, the third title in her Divergent series, is outselling the Hunger Games in its first month of preorders at Amazon. [LA Times]
Scholastic announced two new Captain Underpants books by author Dav Pilkey: Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 will be released Aug. 26, 2014 and Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot will be published August 2015. [USA Today]
Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and senior vice president Jonathan Rosenberg partnered on a book deal with Grand Central Publishing’s business imprint to release No Adult Supervision Required: How to Build Successful 21st Century Companies. [Mediabistro]
Authors Jill Brooke and Emily Liebert are packaging merchandise including apparel, mugs and nail polish with their books to help unlock book sales on the retail level. [New York Post]
Here’s an update on the Nobel Prize in Literature: Writers are chiming in on why more Americans don’t win the Nobel Prize. Ian Crouch blames European snobbery, while Radhika Jones writes that she’s “baffled by the chorus that rises with every autumnal equinox, of American critics lobbying for American writers.”
On to some bad news and, well, more bad news: American adults’ reading skills are below average compared to adults in several other developed countries, and those reading skills are declining, according to a study of 160,000 people by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. [LA Times]
To help take your mind of that, check out author Mark Forsyth’s list of top 10 lost words, including sprunt and wamblecropt. [The Guardian]
Or give author Sarah Hall’s short story “Mrs Fox” a listen. The piece just won the BBC short story prize, garnering her £15,000 in award money. [BBC4]
Just as the Divergent movie series is gearing up, the book series that started it all is coming to a close. No other YA series has whipped up such a fan frenzy since The Hunger Games, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth brings Tris and Four’s adventure to an end on Oct. 22. EW has the very first worldwide exclusive sneak peek inside the third and final book in the series. Warning: The excerpt is maddeningly short — just enough to drive you Initiates crazy with anticipation. READ FULL STORY
For Divergent fans that can’t get enough of Tris’s hunky love interest Four (real name, Tobias), readers won’t have to wait until the release of the third series installment or the movie to satisfy the itch. Author of the dystopian saga Veronica Roth plans to release four e-stories told from Four’s point-of-view. READ FULL STORY
Authors Veronica Roth and Leigh Bardugo in conversation about 'Divergent', 'Siege & Storm', and badass YA heroines -- EXCLUSIVE
Leigh Bardugo’s Siege & Storm, the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Shadow & Bone, hits shelves today. In honor of the new installment of the Grisha trilogy, Bardugo’s friend and fellow YA rockstar Veronica Roth, author of the enormously popular Divergent series, chatted about “badass heroines,” hot (and sensitive) heartthrobs, exciting film adaptations (for both series!), and generally gushed about each other. We don’t blame them! Read on for their conversation. READ FULL STORY
If you’re counting down the days until Allegiant, the Divergent trilogy ender by Veronica Roth, the wait until fall just got a little bit harder. Roth premiered the brand-new cover on the Today show this morning (see above) and as viewers can see, she’s sticking with her tried-and-true theme. The bright color may be a change from the doom and gloom of Insurgent‘s front, but the ominous tagline ‘One Choice Will Define You’ seems right in line with Divergent‘s ‘One Choice Can Transform You’ and Insurgent‘s ‘One Choice Can Destroy You.’
Still in the dark about what all the fuss is about? Check out Roth’s Today interview this morning with Ryan Seacrest about her inspiration for this YA dystopian adventure, her fans, and — like her heroine Tris — facing her own fears: READ FULL STORY
The movie may have only just started production, but Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy is well on its way to wrapping up. The author finally revealed the title for the highly anticipated conclusion to the series late last night in a video for USA Today and it’s not Resurgent, as I had my money on. Neither is it Assurgent, Cotangent, or Nonurgent. Nope, the title is… Well, I’ll just let her tell you herself: READ FULL STORY
Meet Kyra. She’s a 16-year-old potions master on the run after attempting to poison her kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her ex-best friend. (I know! Drama!) Now a wanted fugitive, Kyra’s only hope lies with… a pig?
“Can she save the kingdom with a piglet?” reads the cover tagline of Poison, the YA debut from the late Bridget Zinn. Ridiculous? Yes. Still, there’s something refreshing about its silliness amidst the interchangeable do-or-die taglines that seem to have become a staple for YA books these days. READ FULL STORY
The annual Goodreads Choice Awards are basically the People’s Choice Awards of books. Users of the literary social network voted on their favorite books of the year in 20 categories, and this year, there were some surprises — J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy as best novel? — and some slam dunks (Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for Best Mystery, John Green for Best Young Adult, and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild for Best Memoir). Once again, Veronica Roth proved that she’s pretty much unbeatable when it comes to reader-voted prizes, winning the Best Goodreads Author award for the first time and the Best Young Adult Fantasy award for the second time with Insurgent, sequel to Divergent.
The closest race occurred in Best Historical Fiction, with M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans narrowly beating out Man Booker-winner Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel most likely benefited from a large and devoted fanbase, as Casual Vacancy only became a finalist due to write-in votes — its Goodreads user rating of 3.32 stars wasn’t originally high enough to qualify it — yet it won the biggest honor.
Susan Cain’s Nonfiction win for her best-seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking made me smile — partly because I could picture a bunch of Goodreads bookworms really relating to it, and also because introverts, a sizable but often ignored and misunderstood demographic, have had a big year in 2012 with the publication of Quiet, Sophia Dembling’s The Introvert’s Way, and a buzzed-about feature in The Atlantic.
See the entire list of winners below: READ FULL STORY
Young adult fiction may seem to be all about dystopias today, but there are plenty of books still taking place in the good ol’ US of A.
An Epic Reads user known as EpicGirl has put together this gorgeous map featuring a YA book for every state in the US. For example, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s The Splendor Falls takes place in Alabama, Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves takes place in Alaska, and so on and so forth. We can’t post the image in question here, but click on the link above to check out the map, then come back here to share your thoughts!
My top ten highlights:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Florida)
The Fault in Our Stars (Indiana)
The Diviners (New York)
The Truth About Forever (North Carolina)
Beautiful Creatures (South Carolina)
The Raven Boys (Virginia)
How many states are you at? I’m only at 17, but I’m looking forward to a YA road trip, with my first stop being Shattered Souls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cover with a flowy dress.) What are your favorites on the list? Can you think of any other suggestions? Perhaps we can inspire EpicGirl to create a part two!
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