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Ursula Le Guin honored with National Book Foundation award

Every year, the National Book Foundation awards the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to an author “who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work.” Since the medal’s inception, authors spanning all genres have been honored, from David McCullough’s historical nonfiction to Ray Bradbury’s science fiction and everything in between.

This year, the foundation has awarded the medal to Ursula Le Guin, whose body of sci-fi and fantasy work spans dozens of novels, short stories, and poems.

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HarperCollins announces Oz-inspired series 'Dorothy Must Die' -- EXCLUSIVE

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More than a century after L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City continues to shine brightly in pop culture. Debut novelist Danielle Paige signed a three-book and three-digital novella deal with HarperCollins. The series will start with Dorothy Must Die, described as “The Wizard of Oz meets Kill Bill“, in April 2014. In this re-imagining, a twister rips through Kansas and transports Amy Gumm — most likely inspired by Judy Garland’s birth name Frances Gumm — into Oz, which has been transformed under Dorothy’s tyrannical misrule. In a complete twist from the original, Amy must steal the Scarecrow’s brain, remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, and take the Lion’s courage. And ultimately — destroy Dorothy. READ FULL STORY

Chris Colfer reveals 'Enchantress Returns' audio excerpt, tour dates -- EXCLUSIVE

Following the death of Glee cast member Cory Monteith, his co-stars have been paying respects and getting on with filming new episodes. Glee‘s Chris Colfer has delayed promotion on his second novel The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns after the tragedy, but is now gearing up to meet his fans across the country again.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.

As the Evil Enchantress prepares to haunt the Bailey twins Alex and Conner again on Aug. 6, Colfer has revealed exclusively to EW his tour dates for the new book. Also scroll down to read/listen to a funny exclusive excerpt about the twins meeting Mother Goose! READ FULL STORY

Neil Gaiman on the spooky art of writing -- EXCLUSIVE

The same day Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At the End of the Lane hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list the author’s book tour made a stop at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Ca., where he was joined onstage by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher for a lively 80-minute conversation about the spooky art of writing.

Gaiman did a reading from the slender new release and (in a surprise) also from Fortunately, the Milk, an endearingly daft children’s book due in September.

The event, put on by Live Talks LA, is presented in its entirety below and reveals the unexpected path of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the reason its protagonist resembles the author far more than the central characters in his best-known works, which include Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust, Neverwhere, American Gods and The Sandman series for Vertigo and DC Comics.
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Need a great fantasy series? Then it's time to check out 'The Name of the Wind'

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m very late to the party when it comes to Patrick Rothfuss’ excellent fantasy novel The Name of the Wind. No matter, though. I’m glad to be at the party now!

I finished the book, the first in a trilogy called the Kingkiller Chronicle (the final novel is not yet published), over the weekend, and upon its conclusion, I was left asking one question: How the heck had I not heard of these books sooner? As I discovered with a quick Google search, The Kingkiller Chronicle does, in fact, have a fanbase — and a gigantic one at that.

The Name of the Wind has been rated over 109,000 times on GoodReads, where it boasts an impressive 4.56/5.00 rating. Author Patrick Rothfuss maintains a popular blog on his own site. And a current Kickstarter project to create Name of the Wind playing cards has raised over $417,000 ($30 of which were donated by yours truly) against a $10,000 goal and garnered participation from nerd heroes like Neil Gaiman and Felicia Day. Suffice it to say: Kingkiller fans are a passionate bunch. READ FULL STORY

See the title and an excerpt from the sequel to 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' -- EXCLUSIVE

In 2011, Ransom Riggs spun a chilling fantasy story from a collection of creepy vintage photographs. The follow-up to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — which EW can exclusively reveal will be titled Hollow City — begins in 1940, immediately after the first novel ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends flee to London, the peculiar capital of the world, where more danger awaits them. Once again, Hollow City (out Jan. 14) will come complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly unsettling) vintage photographs. Are you ready to be haunted again? Check out the first excerpt below! READ FULL STORY

See the new covers of Suzanne Collins' 'The Underland Chronicles' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins not only wrote for TV shows like Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, but she also dreamed up another literary world for a slightly younger set of readers with The Underland Chronicles. The five-book fantasy series follows Gregor, a boy who discovers an underground city that’s home to giant spiders, bats, rats, and cockroaches as he finds himself on a search for his missing father. Like The Hunger Games, Gregor’s adventures explore larger themes, like war, biological warfare, and even genocide. If you missed The Underland Chronicles the first time around, you can get a new edition this summer, and EW has the first look at the cover art. Click through to see more!

FIRST UP: Book One, Gregor the Overlander

'Spiderwick Chronicles': First look at 10th anniversary covers -- EXCLUSIVE

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In May 2003, a new name in magical adventure arrived on the young-reader bookshelf: The Spiderwick Chronicles, which gave us the tale of the brave Grace brood (twins Simon and Jared, along with their big sister, Mallory), their missing father and a coveted one-of-a-kind tome that reveals the secret magic all around us. More books followed, as did a feature film adpatation and video game, both released in February 2008. The tenth anniversary of Spiderwick release is being marked by Simon and Schuster’s reissues of the books with new covers by Tony DiTerlizzi. We’ve got the first look at those covers below and a quick Q&A with Terlizzi, whose work also includes The Search for WondLa and The Spider and the Fly.

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See the trailer for 'Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets' by Melissa Marr -- EXCLUSIVE

Melissa Marr, author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, has written Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets, a novel set in the city of daimons, where rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father — and every other witch there — fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the Carnival of Souls.

Interested? Before the book is available Sept. 4, check out the official trailer, which, in the world of book trailers, boasts high production values. READ FULL STORY

Check out the trailer and an excerpt from Libba Bray's 'The Diviners' -- EXCLUSIVE

Beloved YA author Libba Bray is a notably versatile author. She’s written about a boy with mad cow disease (Going Bovine), a plane full of beauty contestants stranded on a desert island (Beauty Queens), and her signature period-paranormal Gemma Doyle series. Her latest novel — a potential franchise-starter called The Diviners — isn’t out until Sept. 18, but the film rights have already been snapped up by Paramount. It follows a glamorous group of young people in the 1920s who, aided by magic powers, find themselves in an epic battle of good vs. evil when occult-based murders come to light. EW is lucky to have a sneak peek at the novel with a brand new trailer and excerpt from the novel. Check them out below! READ FULL STORY

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