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On the Books: PEN announces some of its 2014 award winners

The winners of some of the 2014 PEN literary awards have been announced. The award for poetry went to Frank Bidart for Metaphysical Dog and the award for essay writing went to James Wolcott for Critical Mass. Linda Leavell won the biography award for Holding on Upside Down, about the poet Marianne Moore. The big prize for debut fiction writing will be announced in September. [The Washington Post]

A Jury awarded former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a defamation suit against deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In his 2012 book American Sniper, Kyle wrote that Ventura hated Navy SEALs and that he said they “deserved to lose a few.” Kyle didn’t identify Ventura by name in the book, but identified him later in a press conference. Ventura denied making the remarks. (He also served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.) Kyle died in 2013; Ventura sued his estate for damages and won.

The estate hasn’t announced if they plan to appeal the case. Outside of politics, Ventura has also worked as an actor (PredatorDemolition Man) and WWE commentator. [NPR]

Emory University acquired Salman Rushdie’s archive, and in addition to his papers, they have all of his old hard drives. The digital nature of his archives—and that of so many other authors—poses problems when it comes to making everything compatible to newer computer formats. It’s also a fascinating experience: “Rushdie’s digital archive, in its old Mac setting, contains the usual ephemera of his life: bank statements, newspaper articles, drafts of stories, at least one screenplay, and even folders called ‘NAMES FOR NEW CHILD’ and ‘Puppet Motel Folder.’ These digital things come with their own form of marginalia, some of which have presumably been collected in the ‘STICKIES1999′ folder. There is even a ‘Games’ folder, so you can see what Rushdie was playing while working under a fatwa.” [The New Yorker]

In the past year, the amount of books given as gifts fell by 9 million in the UK. [BBC]

Two of The Fault in Our Stars author John Green’s other books have stirred up some controversy recently: Pasco County, Florida, removed Paper Towns from its eighth grade reading list, and in Waukesha, Wisconsin, there’s a movement to ban Green’s Looking for Alaska as well. [L.A. Times]

David Levithan to release musical-novel spinoff to 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson'

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Jazz hands at the ready!

Tiny Cooper, described as “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay,” stole our hearts when he debuted in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the 2010 YA novel co-written by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and Every Day author David Levithan. Four years later, Levithan is giving us a closer, more razzle-dazzle glimpse at the larger-than-life character with the full script of the musical Tiny was working on in Will Grayson. So meta!

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (March 2015) will tell of Tiny’s birth up to his ongoing quest for true love, complete with “big, lively, belty” musical numbers. We talked to David Levithan about what exactly a “musical-novel, novel-musical” entails and how he pulled it off. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: John Green, Veronica Roth have bestselling books of 2014 (so far)

We’re halfway through the year, and Publishers Weekly has commemorated the occasion by tallying up the bestselling books so far. Divergent by Veronica Roth topped the list, while Insurgent and Allegiant came it at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Different editions of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green filled out the rest of the top six. Both Fault and Divergent were made into movies starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort earlier this year—so if you work in publishing and want to make sure your book is a bestseller, try to secure a movie deal with those two. [Publishers Weekly]

The Wall Street Journal calculates the summer’s least-read books with the Hawking Index, named after Stephen Hawking’s often-unread A Brief History of Time. It’s calculated with the following formula: “Take the page numbers of a book’s five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. The higher the number, the more of the book we’re guessing most people are likely to have read.” Turns out, no one actually read Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. [The Wall Street Journal]

Two years ago, a new edition of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was published with 39 different endings. Later this month, a new edition of The Sun Also Rises with an alternate opening chapter will be released. [The New York Times]

Looking for something to read in the next six months? The Millions publishes “The Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview,” covering the rest of 2014’s notable fiction, and a little beyond. [The Millions]

You can buy John Cheever’s home in Ossining for $525,000. [Page Six]

Hey grown-ups: should you be embarrassed to read YA books?

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Should adults be embarrassed about loving books meant for teens? With The Fault in Our Stars expected to take in as much as $45 million this weekend at the box office — in no small part due to the swarm of grown-ups eager to see Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters live on the big screen — Slate writer Ruth Graham poses a question that might make some fans squirm: Should adults be ashamed about indulging in “literature” meant for the school-aged set? READ FULL STORY

Over John Green, miss Maya Angelou? 5 authors to follow on Twitter now

Authors on Twitter often display their personalities and artistry on the social media platform in a way that the written page doesn’t provide. Their conversational tweets are often witty, inspirational and endearing. (Bonus: sometimes they’ll drop the occasional hint about their upcoming work). Take John Green, author of the YA best seller The Fault in Our Stars, whose 2 million-plus followers eagerly devour his musings on everything from the World Cup to the upcoming TFIOS film. Author Maya Angelou was another favorite on Twitter. In fact her last tweet, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God” — posted May 23, just five days before her passing — has since been retweeted nearly 100,00 times. So it seems appropriate — whether you are over John Green or missing Dr. Angelou — that we share a list of oh-so-hot authors to follow on Twitter. READ FULL STORY

On The Books: BookExpo to feature Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler

The annual publishing convention BookExpo America began Wednesday at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The four-day-long event will feature appearances from Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, and Amy Poehler, all of whom are promoting their forthcoming memoirs: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (Oct. 14), Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (Oct. 7), and Poehler’s Yes Please (Oct. 28); other events include previews and discussions of film adaptations. EW’s YA expert Sara Vilokmerson is moderating The Fault in Our Stars event with author John Green and director Josh Boone, and EW’s Anthony Breznican  is moderating the This Is Where I Leave You panel with author Jonathan Tropper and actors Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. In addition to these star-studded events, the first-ever BookCon, modeled on ComicCon, will take place on the final day of BookExpo – organizers expect as many as 10,000 readers to attend. We can expect that the ongoing battle between Amazon and Hachette books will be a topic of discussion during BookExpo. [USA Today] READ FULL STORY

John Green to talk 'The Fault in Our Stars' at BookCon panel -- EXCLUSIVE

People of Nerdfighteria: You’re gonna want to read this.

EW can reveal exclusively that YA rock star John Green has been tapped to headline a panel at BookCon — which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, you know, actual books — all about The Fault in Our Stars‘s journey from page to screen. The panel, scheduled for May 31, will also feature TFIOS‘s film team, including Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler, director Josh Boone, producer Wyck Godfrey, and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. EW’s own YA expert Sara Vilkomerson will moderate the event — which will also feature a sneak peek at footage from the upcoming film adaptation of TFIOS, which opens June 6.

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John Green's top 10 underrated books

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John Green, author of tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, gave us his top 10 picks for favorite underrated books. See what the writer chose below:
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New Hollywood: John Green talks 'Fault in Our Stars' movie and his meeting with Obama

Including John Green in our New Hollywood issue was a no-brainer. Although a movie adaptation of his first novel Looking For Alaska never got off the ground, the upcoming big-screen version of his latest best-seller The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, has millions of Green’s fans in anticipation. Green talked to EW about his hopes for the film and his life sinces the publication of TFIOS. READ FULL STORY

Watch John Green's commencement speech: 'Do not worry too much about your lawn' -- VIDEO

Author John Green — famous for The Fault In Our Stars and for making you laugh and then cry — has joined David Foster Wallace, Toni Morrison, and many others on the long list of Authors Giving Commencement Speeches with his address to Butler’s graduating class. Like theirs, Green is mostly warning the audience to not grow up and be terrible. It also comes with advice, such as: “Do not worry too much about your lawn.” And: “Keep reading. Specifically, read my books, ideally in hardcover.” The address is heartfelt and conversational, peppered with asides and references to the Internet — just like Green’s novels. Except this time: no deaths!

The full text of the speech is over on Green’s Tumblr. Watch it in full starting at 1:01:08 (“12 minutes flat, 11:45 if you don’t laugh”) below.

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