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On the Books: Philip Pullman's new short story revisits an old character

A new short story by Philip Pullman returns readers to the world of the classic His Dark Materials trilogy for the first time in six years. Pullman wrote “The Collectors” for exclusive digital distribution by audiobook publisher Audible—available in the U.K. this week, and out in the U.S. in January. Set at his alternate version of Oxford, the story follows the early life of Pullman’s villain Mrs. Coulter. The author last visited the fictional world in his novella Once Upon a Time in the North.

Pullman may be using old characters, but writing “The Collectors” was a new experience for him. “I find it very difficult as a form,” the author said of short story writing. “With a novel you can sprawl out, go down blind alleys—it’s a much bigger, looser thing. With a short story, you have to be tight.” [The Guardian]

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On the Books: Prepare for another Alan Moore adaptation

- Alan Moore’s graphic novels have inspired some of the most memorable action flicks in recent years, including Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Now, Moore’s From Hell will get the small-screen treatment. FX has picked up a drama series based on the story, which chronicles Jack the Ripper’s exploits from the killer’s perspective.

Don Murphy will executive produce the series. It’s not the first time Murphy has been attached to From Hell—he produced 2001’s well-received film adaptation, which starred Johnny Depp and Robbie Coltrane. Sources say that Murphy always saw the story’s structure and plot as more conducive to TV, and that the recent explosion of high-quality dramas led him to push the project.

In the meantime, Moore’s graphic novel is worth revisiting. Moore released installments of the 572-page epic from 1989 to 1996, and included 46 pages of footnotes to add depth and historical detail to the plot. [Deadline]

- Moore can only hope that From Hell‘s adaptation receives the same praise as Game of Thrones. In the latest expansion of George R.R. Martin’s Thrones empire, HBO has inked a deal with Running Press to produce multiple books and mini kits inspired by the show. They’ll launch the partnership in April 2015 with In Memoriam, a short book about the characters who have died throughout the show. Running Press has also announced two mini kits (memorabilia collections) for the series: Game of Thrones: Stark Direwolf Kit and Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Wax Seal Kit. [Publishers Weekly]

- A massively influential activist and writer in the gay and transgender communities died Saturday. Trans woman Leslie Feinberg championed trans and lesbian issues, workers’ rights, and intersectionality. She advanced the Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and her final words were “Remember me as a revolutionary communist.”

Feinberg wasn’t just responsible for bolstering academic understanding and political organization surrounding these topics. Her 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues told the story of a working-class butch lesbian living in pre-Stonewall America who runs away from home and becomes a part of gay subculture. The book won the 1994 Stonewall Book Award, received multiple translations, and assimilated into mainstream literature at a time when few people were familiar with books about trans and lesbian issues. Feinberg was 65. [The Advocate]

- In September, suburban Dallas’ Highland Park Independent School District drew criticism when it suspended seven books—including Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha—from its high school curriculum. Now the school district has announced further literary restrictions. Going forward, students will need signed permission slips in order to read six titles, among them Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. [L.A. Times]

- We also have a Shelf Life reminder: Watch the National Book Awards tonight. The event will stream live online. Last year’s winners were James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird and George Packer’s The Unwinding.

See your favorite 'Harry Potter' and 'Game of Thrones' locations brought to life

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Two artists have brought to life of some of the most beloved locales in the magical worlds of fantasy fiction. The exquisite pieces—created in Photoshop by artists Peter and Radu behind the Etsy shop The Green Dragon Inn—offer escapes to King’s Landing, Diagon Alley, Rivendell, and other imaginary places from the Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series. Because what book and art lover wouldn’t want to deck out their walls with gorgeous renderings of their favorite fictional jaunts?

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On the Books: Christian bookseller pulls celebrity pastor's titles

The nation’s second-largest Christian-book retailer, LifeWay, has removed from its shelves and website all works by prominent pastor Mark Driscoll. The decision follows last week’s announcement of Driscoll’s ousting from the Acts 29 church-planting network he co-founded.

The pastor has long been extremely polarizing, with The New York Times Magazine calling him, in a 2009 article, “one of the most admired—and reviled—figures among evangelicals nationwide.” In the announcement of its decision to expel Driscoll, Acts 29 cited his “ungodly and disqualifying behavior,” referring to purported profane language in the pastor’s sermons as well as homophobic and sexist statements he made in an online chatroom under a pseudonym.

Last year, Tyndale House Publishers investigated Driscoll after radio host Janet Mefferd accused him of plagiarism in his 2013 book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? (Tyndale concluded he was innocent.) In March, Driscoll admitted to artificially inflating book sales in a letter he posted on Reddit.

LifeWay said in a statement that, prior to the announcement, A Call to Resurgence was the only Driscoll title being sold in its 180-plus stores across the U.S. [NPR]

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin told audiences at this week’s Edinburgh International Book Festival that he’s doing his best to keep up with the fast-paced HBO serial adaptation of the dense book series, but that ultimately the issue is out of his hands. “I can only write one word at a time,” Martin said. “I just have to worry about telling the stories as best I can.” HBO just began production on the fifth season, while the notoriously slow-working Martin is not expected to finish the remaining two books for several years. Martin also admitted that accurate theories about the series’ ending are floating around online, so any fans wanting a spoiler should simply read everything that has been written about the show.  [The Guardian]

Little, Brown and Company announced plans for the U.S. release of a tell-all memoir by Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi next year. Slahi has been in U.S. custody at Guantanamo since being detained by the CIA as a terrorist suspect in 2001, but he has never been charged with a crime. He is a central figure in the ongoing dispute over the ethics and politics of the U.S.’s detention of suspected terrorists without due process. The book will detail the torture, isolation, and humiliation that Slahi, who hand-wrote the book after learning English by conversing with the guards, says he has experienced in captivity. The much-anticipated release announcement comes after years of efforts by his lawyers to have the book’s highly sensitive manuscript declassified. [The Los Angeles Times]

George R.R. Martin's children's book 'The Ice Dragon' to be republished

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Same author, different dragons.

The Telegraph reports that George R.R. Martin, author of the popular Song of Ice and Fire books which have been adapted into the Game of Thrones series, has announced plans to republish his children’s book The Ice Dragon. The story was initially published as part of the 1980 anthology, Dragons of Light, edited by Orson Scott Card, and then republished as a stand-alone book in 2007. The new edition, by Tor books, will feature artwork by Spanish artist Luis Royo. It will arrive on shelves October 21 this year.

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George R.R. Martin teases 'Winds of Winter': More deaths, betrayals, weddings -- Exclusive

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The Winds of Winter is coming. And when it arrives, author George R.R. Martin says the next installment in his best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire saga will feature even more heartbreaking twists. Even more deaths, betrayals and—perhaps more frightening of all—more weddings!

(The ultra spoiler-sensitive who wish to know nothing about Martin’s upcoming book, or those who are not caught up on Martin’s storyline, should probably stop reading here. This means you, fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones who have not yet picked up Martin’s A Feast for Crows or A Dance with Dragons). READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Do you want to die in the next 'Game of Thrones' novel?

If you know anything about Game of Thrones, you know that author George R.R. Martin kills off a lot of characters. If you’d like to join that esteemed company, here’s your chance. Martin is offering the opportunity to “meet a grisly death” in the next Song of Ice and Fire novel if you donate $20,000 to a fundraiser for the Wild Wolf Spirit sanctuary in New Mexico and The Food Depot of Santa Fe. You’ll be able to choose your position in the world (knight, peasant, whore, lady, etc) as well. But hurry! Offer only good while supplies last. Only one male and one female character are available. Other awards including sharing a breakfast with Martin, tickets to the show’s season 5 premiere, and even Martin’s hat. [Prizeo]

Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins will soon be joining the fray in the Amazon-Hachette war. According to Bloomberg News, their contracts are up for renewal next. This means that Amazon will be up against bigger arms — the publishers’ respective owners are News Corp. and CBS Corp. It also means that Veronica Roth and Stephen King will join J.K. Rowling and James Patterson in the controversy. Independent bookstore owners have also started yelling battle cries — the American Booksellers Association made digital banners reading, “Thanks, Amazon, the indies will take it from here,” “Independent bookstores sell books from all publishers. Always,” and “Pre-order and buy Hachette titles today.” Among all this, Hachette is laying off 3 percent of its staff. [Bloomberg]

Debut novelist Eimar McBride won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, one of the most highly regarded prizes in English-language literature. You might have heard of it when it was called the Orange Prize, sponsored by the British telecom company Orange, but it switched names and sponsorship this year. The book, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, beat out Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah for the award, as well as four other novels on the shortlist. “I hope it will serve as an incentive to publishers everywhere to take a look at difficult books and think again,” McBride said at the ceremony. “We are all writers but we are all readers first. There is a contract between publishers and readers which must be honoured, readers can not be underestimated.” [The Guardian]

In honor of the upcoming World Cup, the curator of Brazilian literature festival FlipSide, Ángel Gurría-Quintana, gives a rundown of the country’s literature — and there’s plenty of it. “Despite the common complaint that not enough Brazilian literature is published in English,” Gurría-Quintana writes. “This is an auspicious moment for new Brazilian writing in translation.” [The Guardian]

George R.R. Martin reveals what a full-sized dragon looks like

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Yeah, that big!

George R.R. Martin has posted an excerpt from his upcoming companion book to his bestselling Song of Ice and Fire novels. On the author’s website, he released an entry from The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones. The book is mega encyclopedia covering the events and historical figures that shaped the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

The excerpt gives some background for fans of Daenerys Targaryen, setting the stage for the dragon-aided conquest of Westeros by her ancestor Aegon I Targaryen. But also intriguing is the accompanying illustration, which shows Aegon atop his dragon Balerion the Black Dread. Martin confirmed to EW the image accurately represents his vision for what a fully grown dragon will look like — can you imagine Dany riding one of these? (on Thrones, we’ve seen an adult dragon’s skull in season one, but the living dragons on the show are still adolescents). The book is released in October. Check out Martin’s sample.

George R.R. Martin's 'Winds of Winter': New chapter released

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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is giving fans something to tide them over until they can return to the world of Westeros on April 6, when the fourth season of HBO’s series debuts.

In a blog post Tuesday, Martin alerted readers to another sample chapter coming from the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. He noted that it was actually an old chapter that no one has seen before, predating any of his previously released samples. On Wednesday, Martin released the chapter.

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Preview a paragraph from George R.R. Martin's 'The Winds of Winter' -- EXCLUSIVE

Since July of 2011, Game of Thrones fans have been waiting — not very patiently — for a release date for the sixth installment of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Unfortunately, we can’t bring you an update on that news quite yet — but we can give you an exclusive first look at the book.

Next month, Random House will launch a large update for George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire app. In addition to including many new characters and location descriptions, the update will also include an exclusive chapter from The Winds of Winter, featuring one of the series’ most popular characters: Tyrion Lannister. (And yes, you’ll be able to download and access the excerpt in the free version — no payment required. If you’ve already purchased the app, you’re covered there, as well.)

The full chapter will be available in March, but check out the exclusive first paragraph below and tell us what you think:

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