book is a triumph of imagination. Johnson has created such a convincing universe that it doesn’t really matter if he’s accurately captured every detail. It feels real, often terrifyingly so.” Although no one can really know the ins and outs of daily life in North Korea, Johnson certainly did the research to create as truthful of an account as possible. As you’ll see below, North Korea is nothing short of an obsession for Johnson. Read on for Johnson’s fascinating views on the subject, tangents and all. READ FULL STORY
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Melissa Marr, author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, has written Carnival of Souls, 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 below, which, in the world of book trailers, boasts high production values. READ FULL STORY
EW talked to Molly Ringwald recently about her new novel, When it Happens To You and her writing career. She also sure knows how to support her fellow writers! Here’s Ringwald reading the beginning of Emma Straub‘s new novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (available Sept. 4).
Straub’s novel is about a young and blonde wisp of a girl named Elsa Emerson in 1920′s rural Wisconsin who, through various twists of fate, grows up to be Laura Lamont, dark-haired and exotic movie star. Straub previously wrote the wonderful short story collection Other People We Married and we’re guessing Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures will be among the more buzzed books in fall.
Penelope is one of those novels that’s more than entertaining enough to take to the beach but can still dazzle you with its wit and razor-sharp intelligence. In person, Rebecca Harrington, the 26-year-old author who wrote Penelope, conveys a similar mix of bubbliness and literary geekiness: Our conversation over craft beers and truffle fries covered everything from Kristen Stewart’s messy personal life to contemporary adaptions of classical Greek theater.
Harrington doesn’t appear to have much in common with her titular character. In the novel, Penelope O’Shaunessy arrives at Harvard completely blindsided by the pretentiousness and bizarre social behaviors of her classmates. Like a cypher, she shows up to every student event she’s invited to, quietly (and hilariously) observing the goings-on — a ludicrous student production of Caligula, endless pre-gaming sessions for parties that never happen, a literary magazine meeting that will have you laughing out loud — while engaging her surroundings with mostly one-word responses like, “Yeah” and “Sure.” “She thinks that if she’s agreeable, she’ll somehow be seamlessly accepted into some kind of group,” says Harrington of her deadpan, painfully awkward heroine. “But really, nobody seems to care.” READ FULL STORY
After the success of his best-selling middle-grade novel The Land of Stories, Glee star Chris Colfer will be publishing his first young-adult novel on Nov. 20. The upcoming novel, titled Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, will be a book adaptation of his movie by the same name, which will be released by Tribeca Film later this year. READ FULL STORY
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer may be the undiscovered young-adult novel of the summer. It has a killer Goodreads rating and has been called this generation’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. It’s set in the ’80s, when fear of AIDS was rampant and misunderstood, when being gay was not tolerated at all. It follows Apron, a young teen who has lost her mom and falls in love with her flower shop co-worker, Mike. Only Mike is gay and has a boyfriend — and has been diagnosed with AIDs.
Below, Hummer shares some of her favorite YA novels that inspired her own: READ FULL STORY
When she isn’t acting in The Secret Life of the American Teenager or singing with a jazz band, Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) writes fiction. Her first novel, When It Happens to You (a “novel in stories,” according to the subtitle), comes out Aug. 14, and it’s a serious book that deals with infidelity and betrayal, among other subjects. We talked to the actress about her budding literary career.
I was skeptical when I heard you were writing a novel, but it’s actually good. How frustrating is it to deal with preconceptions?
[Laughs] I’m pretty used to it by now. I mean, yeah, it’s kind of insulting, but then I try to step outside of it and think how I would respond, and it’s true that there’s not too many actresses who write literary fiction. I would say expectations are sort of low, but I feel like the work speaks for itself. I’m pretty proud of the book.
Where did the urge to write come from? Were on the Breakfast Club set thinking, “Screw this, I really want to be a novelist?”
I always wrote fiction, even when I was doing The Breakfast Club. I just never wanted to publish anything unless I was proud of it.
Is there a drawer full of screenplays somewhere, or is that not something you ever tackled? READ FULL STORY
“Power in numbers will save us all.”
Last week, we gave you the first five chapters of The Rise of Nine, the newest installment of the intergalactic thriller series that began with I Am Number Four. Now we have an explosive, CGI-heavy teaser trailer featuring crop circles and some creepy narration. It looks like something you’d see on the Syfy channel (and obviously, I mean that in a good way!).
In two weeks, we’ll have a chat with Pittacus Lore, the alien author himself. In the meantime, watch the video clip teasing Rise of Nine (Aug. 21) below!
Read five chapters of ‘The Rise of Nine’, the sequel to ‘The Power of Six’ and ‘I Am Number Four’ — EXCLUSIVE
See the trailer for ‘The Power of Six,’ the sequel to ‘I Am Number Four’ — EXCLUSIVE
An out-there interview with Pittacus Lore, the alien author of ‘I Am Number Four’
We recently caught up with R. L. Stine on the 20th anniversary of his iconic Goosebumps series to talk about two decades in scaring young readers. While he’s mostly known for writing children’s horror, it turns out Stine has diverse taste in literature. Read on for his top summer book picks, and also the most overlooked Goosebumps book that he hopes readers will check out. READ FULL STORY
The Man Booker Prize is like the Pulitzer of the U.K., and the lucky Brit author who wins it not only gets a handsome cash prize of £50,000 but also a substantial, worldwide boost: Last year’s winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, has become a considerable stateside best-seller. The longlist for the 2012 prize, as determined by a panel of jurors that includes Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, has been announced. See the finalists below: READ FULL STORY
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