This weekend’s news spanned the globe, with the passings of notable international poets, while at home, a former VP candidate signed a book deal and some poets scouring Craigslist hit the jackpot. Read on for the top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
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Amazon launches new comic imprint with titles from George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and more -- EXCLUSIVE
Get ready to see one of George R.R. Martin’s “strangest, darkest, and most twisted” short stories in comic book form.
Amazon Publishing has announced the launch of Jet City Comics, a new imprint devoted to comics and graphic novels, and they already have an impressive lineup of titles on deck. First up is Symposium #1, adapted from the fantasy book series The Foreworld Saga, and October will bring original adaptations of George R.R. Martin’s short story “Meathouse Man” and Hugh Howey’s sci-fi self-publishing phenomenon Wool. Jet City issues will be available as Kindle downloads and print editions.
“My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of ‘The Hedge Knight’ and ‘The Sworn Sword’ went out of print several years ago,” said author George R.R. Martin in a press release, “so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back — newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel ‘Meathouse Man,’ adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.”
Here are full details about forthcoming Jet City comics: READ FULL STORY
Coming September, a lavishly photographed companion book will keep Game of Thrones fans warm throughout the long winter of the series’ hiatus. Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones, by show writer Bryan Cogman, contains plenty of extras: character profiles, on-set photography, maps, family trees, and interviews with cast and crew members. We have a sneak peek at the book’s preface by George R.R. Martin, the author of the TV show’s inspiration series A Song of Ice and Fire; plus, the opening pages of the chapter on Daenerys. Take a closer look at EW’s full exclusive here.
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“In the Game of Food, you win, or you wash the dishes.” That’s the tagline of The Inn at the Crossroads, a food blog with a unique twist: Authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer are trying to cook every dish that appears in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Well, almost every dish — the denizens of Westeros and beyond sometimes eat things that are illegal in the U.S. (horse meat, camel, dog) or downright horrifying (olives stuffed with maggots).
But Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer have triumphed over challenges like honey-spiced locusts and the mysterious “bowls of brown” served in Flea Bottom, as well as a score of more appetizing recipes (lemon cakes, anyone?) — and now they’ve taken their hobby to the next level. Next Tuesday, Bantam will release A Feast of Ice and Fire, a Game of Thrones-themed cookbook that has George R. R. Martin’s official seal of approval; he even wrote the tome’s poetic introduction. Before its release, EW called up Monroe-Cassel and Lehrer to chat about the challenges of cooking fictional food, weird medieval recipes, and which fantastical world they’d like to tackle next. Hint: It rhymes with “Larry Totter.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What inspired you to start your blog?
Monroe-Cassel: We really wanted lemon cakes, and a Google search didn’t bring up anything that fit the almost reverent description of lemon cakes in the books. So naturally, we decided to try and make our own.
Research must have been a huge undertaking. Can you explain your process?
Monroe-Cassel: We basically try to do an historical and a modern take on each dish when possible — it can be anything from ancient Roman to Elizabethan. We’ll look at the description in the book and then we’ll go back in old cookbooks and try to find a description that fairly closely matches. The old recipes often don’t have quantities or very clear directions or temperatures or anything like that.
I’m imagining you two sitting in an enormous library, examining scrolls.
Monroe-Cassel: [Laughs] That would be the dream. I’m a classical history major, so I did put my dead language skills to work for some of the recipes. We’ve done a lot of library research and a lot of online research.
I guess you can find anything on the Internet.
Monroe-Cassel: It’s true. We got our crickets from Amazon.
It’s a little disappointing that the book doesn’t include a recipe for a pie filled with 100 live doves.
Monroe-Cassel: We get that a lot!
With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!
On the Books July 14: 'A Dance With Dragons' sells nearly 300,000 copies on first day, Bill Keller is tired of your literary aspirations
++It seems the entire continent of Westeros has purchased a copy of George R.R. Martin’s latest entry in the groundbreaking A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Dance With Dragons, which was notoriously long-in-the-making, sold 298,000 copies on its first day, including print, e-books, and audiobooks. Reviews have been pretty much uniformly glowing, which just goes to show that good things do come to those who wait…and wait, and wait, and wait.
++Bill Keller’s latest missive from his Glenda the Good Witch-style cultural bubble at the New York Times is about how annoying it is to have so many friends and colleagues who write books. Preach it, Bill!
++The Guardian put together this gallery demonstrating the disheveled appeal of battered books.
George R. R. Martin’s editor at Bantam Spectra confirmed yesterday that A Dance with Dragons, the long-anticipated fifth installment to the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, is finished at last. Fans of the series, which began with A Game of Thrones, have been waiting nearly six years since the previous installment, A Feast for Crows.
The Spenser and Jesse Stone mystery series created by Robert B. Parker, who died last year, will be continued by two new authors. Crime novelist Ace Atkins will carry on the Spenser series, and producer and screenwriter Michael Brandman will pen forthcoming Jesse Stone novels.
Fontbonne University in St. Louis has canceled plans for Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson to receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address this year on the heels of the highly publicized scandal concerning Mortenson’s book and foundation.
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