Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, will be published in the U.S. on August 12th. The book has been out in Japan since last April and sold more than a million copies in its first week. The Guardian writes that the story “hinges around Tsukuru Tazaki, an isolated 36-year-old man struggling to overcome the trauma of rejection by his high-school friends years earlier. Like its title, the novel’s opening line might not sound like obvious best-seller material: ‘From July of his sophomore year at college to January next year, Tsukuru Tazaki was living while mostly thinking about dying.'”
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Awkward family portraits can be scarier than chainsaw-wielding killers and tainted candy — especially if your family goes all out for Halloween. From Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the masterminds behind Awkward Family Photos, comes a holiday edition that will keep you laughing and cringing for the rest of the year. Check out a few ghoulish selections here!
You probably recognize Kunal Nayyar as The Big Bang Theory‘s Raj, an astrophysicist drawn to dating problems, but soon enough, Nayyar will be able to put another title under his name: published author.
EW has confirmed that Nayyar will join Atria Books to create a not-yet-titled collection of humorous autobiographical essays with a focus on his experiences growing up in India and his journey to becoming an actor.
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Ladies’ man Tom Haverford would approve of Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari’s latest project, a book investigating the modern, tech-obsessed dating scene. To the actor and comedian, today’s singles face a new world of relationship humor and shame.
“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a press release. “These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”
With this first book, Ansari will offer his take on single life, as well as talk to experts and conduct relationship experiments of his own. Ansari inked the deal with The Penguin Press to publish his still untitled book, which is tentatively set for release in September 2015.
“In time so long ago begins our play/ In star-crossed galaxy far, far away.”
This isn’t your parents’ Star Wars. It’s more like your ancestors from the Old World’s Star Wars. Author Ian Doescher reinterprets the classic space opera into a classical play written in the majestic style of the Bard of Avon. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope takes all of the characters you know and love and has them speaking in asides, soliloquies, and poetic verses. Even Chewie and Artoo roar and beep in iambic pentameter. For an exclusive look at what’s in store, check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Bachelor parties with chartered helicopters, women accessorized in earrings that cost more than a Manhattan apartment, living rooms with decorative fish tanks of baby sharks — Crazy Rich Asians delves into the unfathomable wealth held by the richest tier of Asian elite. The story explores the social and political hierarchies of three pedigreed Chinese families and the drama that strikes when Nicholas Young brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend home to Singapore for the summer.
Author Kevin Kwan chatted with EW about his sparkly new book, as well as consumerist culture, and the possible Crazy Rich Asians trilogy in store. READ FULL STORY
“Darth Vader, only thou couldst be so bold.”
Carrie Fisher may inexplicably have a bit of a British accent during the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope, but this latest genre mash-up puts the epic space opera in the hands of the Bard himself. Debut author Ian Doescher blends protocol droids with iambic pentameter in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.
Tapping into the vein of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars follows the basic structure of the original Star Wars film but molds it according to the style of a Shakespearean play. Lord Vader still seizes the spaceship of Princess Leia of Alderaan in search of the Rebellion’s plans against the Galactic Empire. C-3PO still cries and complains about everything. R2-D2 still beeps and buzzes — but this time in flowing verse.
So if you’re a fan of Stormtroopers and/or soliloquies, check out Act I, scenes 1-4 of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars below: READ FULL STORY
In Jeffrey Brown’s apocryphal but oh-so-cute re-imagining of the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader is a doting father to younglings Luke and Leia, even though he’s still totally evil and trying to take over the galaxy. Vader’s Little Princess, which comes on the heels of Brown’s Darth Vader and Son, released on April 23 and became an instant best-seller. Click through to see why Vader’s Little Princess and Darth Vader and Son may make great Father’s Day gifts.
FIRST UP: College talk
As the title of her first book of funny essays, Mindy Kaling wondered, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. But since the publication of her book in late 2011, Kaling has had much bigger concerns, and her next book will reflect the major recent shifts in her life.
Between running and starring in Fox’s The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling hasn’t had much time to do much else, but she told a crowd at PaleyFest that she’ll write her second book in the downtime before production on the second season of her show.
Back in January, Kaling told EW a bit more about her plans for her follow-up book. “In the past year my life has changed so much — so, so much,” she said. “Personal things, like with my mom passing away and with the show getting picked up in the most roller-coastery way with all these unexpected turns, and becoming number 14 on the call sheet on The Office to becoming the star of a show.”
Kaling may be writing the new book while traveling abroad. “Instagram has made me feel like the least-traveled person in the world,” she said. “I’ve been watching my friends going on all these international vacations, so during the break I might want to take 10 days to travel.”
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Jack Gray on 'Pigeon in a Crosswalk', his boss Anderson Cooper, and downing donuts with Kathy Griffin
Jack Gray went from local news guy to hotshot producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Now he hangs out with the likes of Larry King and Kathy Griffin and has more than a million followers on Twitter. He chronicles all of that and much more in his hilarious and poignant collection of essays Pigeon in a Crosswalk: Tales of Anxiety and Accidental Glamour (out now), which calls to mind other humor essayists like David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. He took the time to talk to EW about his famous silver-haired boss, his love for the Olive Garden, and his coming out story. READ FULL STORY
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