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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

See the trailer for 'Endless Knight' by Kresley Cole -- EXCLUSIVE

Kresley Cole, well known for her Immortals after Dark books, has been writing steamy series for adults for a number of years, but she found a whole new audience last year with the best-selling Poison Princess, which kick-started her first series for young adults. Endless Knight, the second book in the Arcana series, is just around the corner on Oct. 1, and we have the dramatic trailer for it exclusively on Shelf Life. The sequel will follow Evie, who has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress, as she meets the titular character, also known as Death. See the trailer below!: READ FULL STORY

'Captain Underpants' leads list of 'most challenged' books

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It’s been 16 years (!) since Dav Pilkey’s inaugural novel about a certain tighty-whitey-clad crusader first hit shelves — but some parents are still wishing that the superhero would go up, up, and away.

Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series tops the American Library Association’s list of the past year’s “most frequently challenged books,” an annual account collected by the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Though the ALA is currently celebrating Banned Books Week, the items on this list haven’t necessarily been barred from libraries; instead, they’ve been the targets of “formal, written complaint[s], filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The ALA notes that the number of challenges reflect only reported incidents — though it estimates that “for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported.”

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National Book Awards unveils fiction longlist

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The National Book Foundation released today its longlist in Fiction for this year’s National Book Award. Among the authors are former National Book Award winners and finalists, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a debut novelist.

Below is the complete list: READ FULL STORY

Elmore Leonard recovering from stroke

Prolific novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard is currently in a Detroit area hospital, where he is recovering from a stroke he suffered a week ago, according to The Detroit News. READ FULL STORY

Chuck Palahniuk announces 'Fight Club' sequel -- as a graphic novel

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It seems like Chuck Palahniuk has broken the first rule of Fight Club. Tyler Durden is back — but not in the way you may think. Fight Club author Palahniuk has announced a graphic novel sequel to the 1996 satirical novel that inspired the cult 1999 David Fincher film starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Originally announced when Palahniuk answered a question regarding his upcoming work during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con panel “Ode to Nerds,” Palahniuk followed up on his official website, confirming his intention to create a graphic novel serialized sequel to Fight Club.

In a statement on his website, Palahniuk describes the series’ premise.

It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.

Palahniuk also states that fellow author Chelsea Cain has introduced him to creators and illustrators from big-name comic book publishers from DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse, but no illustrator has been announced. Also, no publisher has confirmed the release of the graphic novel as Palahniuk aims to work out the sequel’s story before settling on a publisher.

The author is hoping a release date prior to 2015, but due to contractual obligations, fans may have to wait until 2015 before reading the continuing misadventures of Jack and Tyler.

See the trailer for 'Project Cain' by Geoffrey Girard -- EXCLUSIVE

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In an interesting publishing strategy, Simon & Schuster is releasing two novels by the same author about the same chilling concept — Cain’s Blood and Project Cain — one for a young-adult audience, and the other for an adult audience. Below, read author Geoffrey Girard’s explanation of his two books below; also, see the exclusive trailer for Project Cain (out Sept. 3). READ FULL STORY

New 'Half-Blood Prince' cover revealed! Plus: Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi talks bringing books' magic to life -- EXCLUSIVE

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Dumbledore and Harry stand solemnly along the rocky shores of an ominous cave — readying themselves to destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Sadly for mega fans worldwide, this isn’t a sneak peek at a new Harry Potter book, but it sure looks like one.

Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, known for his graphic novel work on Flight and Amulet, continues his tenure as Harry Potter cover artist with the moody paperback cover for J.K. Rowling’s penultimate novel in the series. The cover is being revealed currently by Scholastic at Comic-Con in San Diego, but you’re seeing it online here first!

EW asked Kibuishi about following Mary GrandPré’s footsteps and his process for illustrating the covers for the beloved fantasy series: READ FULL STORY

'Veronica Mars' books will pick up where the movie leaves off

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She’s been absent for six years, but now Veronica Mars is everywhere: Vintage Books has announced a two-book deal with Rob Thomas and Alloy Entertainment to publish additional adventures of Neptune’s resident detective, with the first book acting as a continuation of the upcoming film version of the television series, which ran from 2004 to 2007.

It is also meant to be a bridge between the 2014 film and a potential sequel. Series creator Rob Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.” Thomas co-created Party Down and the 90210 reboot, and he’s written five original books.

The untitled book is currently slated to go on sale Feb. 4, 2014. The book is available for pre-order on the Random House website for $15.95.

Random House has also released a brief description of the book written by Thomas and Jennifer Graham. Check out the synopsis here:
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Sex sells: Online retailers rake in profits with dirty e-books

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Minds might be in the gutter, but the sales of dirty e-books certainly are not. Book-selling powerhouses such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble are raking in major profits from the sleazier online titles and genres that readers can absorb behind the privacy of tablet screens.

In 2012, romance and erotica topped revenue charts with $1.4 billion in sales. However, the profit tactic has left the book retailers in one of those Fifty Shades of Grey areas. Despite the revenue benefits of the taboo genre, Amazon and B&N appear to be on the fence themselves in regards to the promotion of erotic fiction. A 2010 pedophilia guide sold on Amazon finally got pulled by the online retailer after the illicit subject matter sparked controversy. But in lieu of the book’s eventual removal from the site, Amazon released a statement shortly after defending its decision to offer the item:

Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.

The economics of erotica have never been a real question: sex sells. And maybe 50 Shades of Grey is to blame—the 2011 novel featuring a naive college graduate’s relationship with a BDSM-obsessed business mogul—as it sparked a more recent wildfire-like spread of naughty fiction fascination. But the levels of provocative seem to go way beyond the bondage/dominatrix realm; Amazon keyword searches reach the furthest ends of the sexual spectrum, including pedophilia, bestiality, and incest.

Although successful sales numbers might help disputable titles avoid a ban, they do not overpower the decision-making ultimately determined by retailer representatives. Both Amazon and B&N have appeared to strip their bestseller lists of several erotica books. As an alternative, erotic novels with warranting sales can appear in the top 100 online, a B&N spokeswoman told the New York Post.

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