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On the Books: British Harry Potter box set gets makeover with new artist chosen by J.K. Rowling

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The British edition of the Harry Potter series has gotten a visual makeover for its latest complete set, Bloomsbury has announced. The new editions have been redesigned with art by Jim Kay, an artist chosen by J.K. Rowling, and The Telegraph has a look. [The Telegraph]

Following Nelson Mandela’s death, NPR revisits his books, the autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and Conversations with Myself. Among all the coverage, there are also standout pieces from The New York Times, which published an extensive interactive graphic outlining his speeches and memorable quotes, and The New Yorker, which revisited the power of Mandela’s words through verse.

The Blue Peter Book Awards has announced its 2014 shortlist. The award celebrates children’s books in fiction and non-fiction categories, with the two winning books to be announced on March 6, 2014. [The Telegraph]

On to some must-reads: New poems by John Ashbery have been published in The American Reader. [The American Reader]

Susannah Jacob examines the life of Rose Williams, Tennessee Williams’ schizophrenic sister and the inspiration for The Glass Menagerie‘s Laura Wingfield. [The Paris Review]

Megan Garber predicts birds will be the primary enemy of Amazon’s delivery drones. [The Atlantic]

USA Today has a roundup of the best cookbooks for the holidays. [USA Today]

And ICYMI: Lena Dunham interviewed Judy Blume for Believer magazine. [EW]

On the Books: National Book Foundation picks '5 Under 35' honorees; judge rules on Lance Armstrong memoirs

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What’s J.K. Rowling’s next project? Who are the chosen ones for the National Book Foundation’s annual 5 Under 35 awards? Is Lance Armstrong really going to lie in his memoir?

Read on for all of today’s books headlines: 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

Law firm admits leaking J.K. Rowling alter ego

The mystery has been solved.

A British law firm admitted Thursday that one of its partners inadvertently revealed that J.K. Rowling had authored a mystery novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

The Sunday Times newspaper revealed over the weekend that the Harry Potter author had penned the book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The newspaper said it had received a tip-off on Twitter, and there was speculation that Rowling or her publisher were behind the revelation — which has sent sales of the thriller skyrocketing.

But law firm Russells said Thursday that one of its partners, Chris Gossage, had let the information slip to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari — the woman behind the tweet. Her Twitter account has now been deleted.

A phone message left for Callegari was not immediately returned.
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Here's to you, Judy Blume: A toast to 'Tiger Eyes' and 'regular kid' lit

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Davey Wexler is not a witch. She’s not a skilled huntress, fighting for her life as a rapacious crowd watches her every move. She’s not even a clumsy, moody wallflower inadvertently drawn into a sexy world of immortal bloodsuckers.

Instead, Davey’s just, well… Davey, an average 15-year-old dealing with average teenage problems: the sudden death of a loved one, a big move to a new town and a new school, a best friend who drinks just a little too much. Nothing about her life is sensationalized, not even the bloody holdup that abruptly robs her of her father — which is probably why Davey resonated so deeply with me when I first met her in the late ’90s. (Her cool, androgynous name and relationship with a mysterious dude named Wolf didn’t hurt, either.)

And when Davey re-entered my life a few weeks ago — via Lawrence and Judy Blume’s new film adaptation of Tiger Eyes — I realized something else about her essential ordinariness: In a modern YA landscape glutted with fantastical dystopias, supernatural romances, brand-name-soaked glamoramas, and hyperbolic tragedy, what makes this heroine remarkable is the fact that she’s not very remarkable at all.

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Check this out: Book cakes for the hungry reader

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Reading is a hungry pastime. That’s why we can think of no better way to celebrate a love of words than these gorgeous book cakes, courtesy of Book Riot. Love Roald Dahl? Then cut into this tower of his classics. Can’t get enough of Jane Austen? Enjoy this gothic cake. Celebrating your fiftieth anniversary with your hubby? Keep your love life fresh with this Fifty Shades of Grey confection. In fact, we were so taken by these cakes that we scoured the internet for more. Check out our favorites below: READ FULL STORY

See the official 15th anniversary cover of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' -- FIRST LOOK

It seems like just yesterday we got all the Harry Potter books in digital form, but now we have another reason to collect another set of physical copies. Scholastic is releasing a new set of trade paperbacks in Sept. 2013 — which will also be available in a box set — to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Kazu Kibuishi, the artist behind the best-selling graphic novel series Amulet, has created the cover art for the new editions. See Sorcerer’s Stone below! READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter: Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey': The $1,000 box set for die-hard fans -- EXCLUSIVE

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You’ve already made a gift of the $500 complete set of films, so what can you offer a Harry Potter fan that would possibly top that? Never fear, readers: Amazon is releasing a $1,000 collector’s edition chronicling Harry’s journey from page to film just in time for the holidays — and we’ve got an exclusive first look at it.

Harry Potter: Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey includes eight volumes, each of which is designed to resemble a book from the library shelves at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Six of the books focus on the workings of the creative departments behind the films — wardrobe, props, special effects, and the like — while the seventh is a commemorative keepsake offering an intimate look at the relationships that developed between the cast and crew over the decade it took to produce all eight films. But the best part by far is the eighth book: a scale replica of The Monster Book of Monsters (don’t worry, it doesn’t bite — I hope). So if your loved ones really love Harry Potter and you really love them, then you’ll consider purchasing this limited edition box set. Check it out below:

Harry Potter: Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey doesn’t go on sale until Dec. 4, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon at a 40% discount. Don’t delay — there’s only 3,000 copies worldwide and unfortunately you can turn back time if you miss out on one of them. Happy Christmas!

Read more:
J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’: 10 NSFW lines you would NEVER see in a Harry Potter book
J.K. Rowling says you can’t have sex near unicorns and other interesting facts about the ‘Harry Potter’ author
It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday. Celebrate by buying a just-announced $500 complete set

J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy': 10 NSFW lines you would NEVER see in a Harry Potter book

Today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling‘s much-anticipated novel for grown-ups hit bookstores, and while reviews have been mixed (read EW’s here), one thing is for sure: this is not a book for kids. Heroin addiction, rape, child abuse, self-mutilation — Rowling positively piles on the unpleasantness. The Casual Vacancy is about various residents of a small English town jockeying over an open town-council seat, which might not sound like the stuff of parental nightmares. But trust us: do not let your kids read this book. Not convinced? Here are 10 context-free lines that offer just a small taste of Rowling’s not-at-Hogwarts-anymore new novel. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy': Read EW's review

Nobody, it seems, says no to J.K. Rowling. After selling some 450 million copies of her justly beloved Harry Potter books, publishing’s biggest superstar could write a Proust-size ode to her toenails and eager editors would line up to publish it. She wrote a 500-page novel for grown-ups? Great! It’s got teen sex and explicit descriptions of shooting heroin and characters who say things to each other like “you useless f—in’ smackhead cow”? Uh, okay. It’s about a bunch of disagreeable buffoons bickering over a minor local-government job in Nowhere, England? Huh. If you say so…

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s overlong but often entertaining debut adult novel, is a big book that follows small people jockeying for a little position in the tiny town of Pagford. When one of the community’s 16 parish councilors unexpectedly dies of an aneurysm, a bunch of town notables try to use the ensuing “casual vacancy” to pursue various conflicting agendas. Rowling does a nice job laying out her 20-plus characters’ endless pretensions and weaknesses, which she punctures with gleeful flicks of a surprisingly sharp comic blade.  READ FULL STORY

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