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'Between Shades of Gray': Discover the book that's being confused for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Employees of some bookstores have to be alerted that Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys have nothing to do with each other. James’ kinky erotica novel is the biggest publishing phenomenon of 2012. Between Shades of Gray is a phenomenon in its own right, landing on several 2011 year-end best lists, and even more impressively, getting teens to read about genocide in Baltic countries at the hands of Stalin’s regime.

Both James and Sepetys are currently on book tour. James is attracting huge crowds of people who want to hear her read from her spicy trilogy. Sepetys is drawing crowds interested in her YA novel about a young Lithuanian girl’s unspeakable struggles — but she’s also getting confused Fifty Shades of Grey fans who show up at her appearances by mistake. “The subject has come up at every high school and every bookstore I’ve been to,” Sepetys says with a laugh. However, she counts the title confusion as a positive. Many of the E L James fans who wander into her readings — most of them men, she notes — stick around and end up learning something. You can read more about the funny mix-ups in the current issue of EW, and you can read more about Ruta Sepetys’ novel below: READ FULL STORY

Kiera Cass talks her YA debut 'The Selection'

New addictive YA novel alert! The Selection, the first in a planned trilogy, hit shelves last week. In the book, the Selection is a lottery in which girls from all castes are picked to compete for a chance to marry Prince Maxon. Enter 17-year-old America Singer who has no interest in entering the Selection, particularly because she’s already in love with her secret boyfriend, Aspen.

Aspen insists she enter for the chance at a better life, and in a whirlwind of events, she gets chosen and winds up at the castle competing for the prince’s heart. It’s The Bachelor meets Cinderella, and I couldn’t put it down. Nor could pick sides in the quintessential YA love triangle. Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I don’t know!

The second book is slated for next spring, and while author Kiera Cass was tight-lipped about what’s coming in book two, she did confirm that Maxon, America, and Aspen will make clear choices. Unfortunately, those love-triangle decisions won’t be revealed until the third, and final, book.

Cass talked with us about her inspiration for the book and the already-in-the-works television adaptation for the CW. Announced stars include Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) as America, Ethan Peck (In Time) as Prince Maxon, and William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia) as Aspen.

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney teases book 7: 'It's time to tackle love in the Wimpy way'

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People may not talk about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books like they talk about The Hunger Games or Twilight, but Jeff Kinney’s illustrated series about seventh-grader Greg Heffley is one of the most popular franchises around. Each year the newest release creates a publishing frenzy — this past November, the sixth book Cabin Fever had a 6 million-copy first-run publication, and the seventh volume, slated for Nov. 13, will no doubt have a similarly huge opening. Plus, the third Wimpy Kid movie, Dog Days, will be coming your way this August. Kinney took a moment to talk to EW about what we can expect from the highly anticipated seventh book! READ FULL STORY

Lauren Conrad talks 'The Fame Game'

If you’re shocked that the girl from Laguna Beach grew up to have several books on the New York Times best-seller list, join the club. Lauren Conrad is too.

“We were doing the inside cover of the beauty book I’m working on, and under ‘also by’ it listed all my other books. I was like, ‘When did this happen?’”

Three years after she made her writing debut with the L.A. Candy series, she’s back on shelves with the first book in a new trilogy. The Fame Game, in stores tomorrow, follows a Heidi Montag-like character Madison Parker, an Audrina Patridge-like character, and two other Hollywood hopefuls as they star in a new spin-off series and adjust to life as reality TV celebrities.

There’s a soap opera’s-worth of drama, a fake-it-for-the-cameras relationship, and a whole lot of mascara-tears. How much of it did she pull from real life? Quite a bit, which is fine by me. The entertainment value in Conrad’s page-turners for the YA set isn’t about exceptional writing or unpredictable plot points. In the same way that her reality shows spurred us to endlessly debate how much was scripted, reading the books is about separating the moments based on Conrad’s behind-the-scene anecdotes from pure fiction. That’s the part that the Laguna Beach-native takes the most pleasure in. READ FULL STORY

Rachel Dratch talks her new memoir, '30 Rock,' Amy Poehler, and her new pilot

The number-one question that Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch gets is some variation of, “Why aren’t you on 30 Rock?” After her SNL stint ended, Dratch’s friend Tina Fey offered her the role of Jenna on 30 Rock — until the powers that be decided to de-emphasize sketch comedy on the show and replaced her with Jane Krakowski. In her funny new memoir Girl Walks Into a Bar, Dratch dishes on everything you wanted to know about the highs and lows of her comedy career — for a time, she was only offered parts playing “Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians… I am solely offered the parts which I like to refer to as “The Unf—ables.” But she also focuses on personal stories, like her misadventures in dating and her unexpected pregnancy at age 43. Read on for more Dratch! READ FULL STORY

'The Golden Lily': A brand new excerpt and Q&A with author Richelle Mead -- EXCLUSIVE

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Last year, author Richelle Mead graduated from her popular Vampire Academy books and released Bloodlines, the first volume in a new six-part spin-off series. We got our hands on the first chapter of The Golden Lily (out June 12) and spoke to Mead about Sydney’s future in the series — and why fans might be throwing the new book across the room (in delight?) when they finish reading it. Read on for the exclusive excerpt!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know that the last line of Bloodlines would create such a stir?
RICHELLE MEAD: I kind of hoped it would, but some of the reactions surprised me! I had a few people say they threw the book across the room in happiness when they read that line, which is funny since a lot of people also threw Shadow Kiss across their rooms in frustration when they read the last line of that book. I guess my books are just destined to take a beating… but hopefully it’s a compliment. Something tells me The Golden Lily may see a few walls.

What can you tell us about Dimitri’s role in the second book? READ FULL STORY

Kevin Smith talks about his memoir 'Tough Sh*t' and Liam Neeson's nether regions

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Those who have perused the current issue of Entertainment Weekly know it features a Q&A with director Kevin Smith in which he talks about his troubled working relationship with Bruce Willis on Cop Out, the 2010 incident where he was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because of his weight, and his new memoir-cum-self-help book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (out tomorrow).

But is that all the voluble Clerks auteur had to say for himself? Not even close. Below, Smith ruminates further on his new tome, why he hasn’t spoken to Harvey Weinstein for over a year, and the person he would most love to have read a Liam Neeson penis joke.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve published books before that collected your articles and blog entries and podcast ruminations. This is the first time you sat down and wrote a “book” book. What was that process like?
KEVIN SMITH: Honestly? A true pain in the a–. It sounded so much easier when I pitched it. Once again, I blame Twitter. I love Twitter and I blame Twitter for everything. I was online on Twitter for maybe a couple of months doing these things called “Smonologues.” People would ask questions like, “I hate myself. I’m fat. What the f— am I supposed to do?” I just wrote this monologue by way of Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Eventually, I compiled it and put it into a blog. I had about 10 of them and they were pretty popular and I said, “You could actually compile these into a book.” Once again I was thinking, I’ve already done the work, let me just publish it. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Johnston talks about her drug addiction, her life-threatening illness, her recovery, and her new memoir, 'Guts.'

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In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly there is a lengthy Q&A with actress Kristen Johnston in which she talks about how her addiction to Vicodin caused her stomach to explode, her subsequent recovery, and her new memoir, Guts. But the 3rd Rock from the Sun star had far more to say than we could fit in the pages of the magazine. Below, Johnston talks further about her travails, her time on 3rd Rock, and why James Frey is not completely “full of s—.”

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Brad Goreski sounds off on Rachel Zoe, his battle with addiction, and his new memoir 'Born to Be Brad'

Brad Goreski emerged as the quotable breakout star of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, in which he served as an assistant to the celebrity stylist. Since parting with Zoe on bad terms, Goreski has become a big name in fashion in his own right, and his own Bravo spinoff It’s a Brad, Brad World finished airing its first season. In his new book Born to Be Brad, Goreski imparts fashion advice while talking candidly about his childhood and battles with addiction, as well as his time working for Zoe and his rise to fame. Goreski dishes on the details below: READ FULL STORY

Erin Duffy on her Wall Street roman a clef 'Bond Girl'

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After she was laid off from Merrill Lynch in 2008, Erin Duffy decided not to jump back into the Wall Street game. Instead, she used what she saw in the workplace to write Bond Girl, a roman à clef that reveals the behind-the-scenes story of a young woman working in a male-dominated industry. Just before the 2008 financial collapse, 22-year-old Alex Garrett joins the bond sales team at Cromwell Pierce, where she encounters unwanted sexual advances, office pranks, and the type of truly odd behavior that can only be found on Wall Street (wheeling a $1,000 block of cheese across New York; a secretary who throws weekend slumber parties in the office). EW’s Sara Vilkomerson wrote, “Bond Girl is a sparkling debut, smart and snappy but never weighed down by financial terminology. Who knew Wall Street could be this much fun?” Read below for Duffy’s thoughts on the book and women in finance. READ FULL STORY

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