Pop culture in September. A month of beginnings and renewal. A time when a certain sector of entertainment expends much marketing energy to not just psyche up the public about its products but get them excited about the very medium that delivers those products. We’re talking TV, of course, and the “new fall season” that’s imminent. But this month, we’re talking about the comic book industry, too. Last week, DC Comics began rebooting its entire line of comics via an initiative called “The New 52.” Ongoing hits like Action Comics (home to Superman) and Detective Comics (abode to Batman) restarted with new creative approaches, storylines, and creative teams. Launching with them: A bevy of new series, many starring familiar characters, returning to prime time comics the way TV stars of the past return in new vehicles. (‘Tool Time’ Tim Allen/Last Man Standing = Construction worker Alec Holland/Swamp Thing. Grunt-grunt!)
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++ Borders Group Inc., in bankruptcy, is seeking six-figure payouts for the company’s top executives. When the corporate closure is final, more than 10,000 Borders employees will have lost their jobs.
++ Michael S. Hart, ebook inventor and founder of Project Gutenberg, died on Tuesday at age 64. A pioneer in digitizing books, his online library housed more than 36,000 texts as of June and added, on average, 50 new texts a week. READ FULL STORY
The announcement of the 2011 Man Brooker Prize longlist for fiction honored a mix of seasoned vets — like shortlist regular Julian Barnes, pictured — as well as four authors nominated for their first novels: Yvvette Edwards, Stephen Kelman, Patrick McGuinness, and A.D. Miller. The shortlist of six books will be announced September 6, and we learn the winner of the £50,000 prize on October 18.
See the longlist in its entirety below.
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape – Random House)
Sebastian Barry, On Canaan’s Side (Faber)
Carol Birch, Jamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues (Serpent’s Tail – Profile)
Yvvette Edwards, A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child (Picador – Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinness, The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
A.D. Miller, Snowdrops (Atlantic)
Alison Pick, Far to Go (Headline Review)
Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor, Derby Day (Chatto & Windus – Random House)
DC Comics continues to roll out announcements of new first-issues featuring famous characters and creators in striking combinations. This morning we start off with two highly intriguing combos: Scott Snyder, who’s been doing such strong work on American Vampire, will write a new version of Swamp Thing, and Jeff Lemire, author of one of comics’ finest current books, Sweet Tooth, is taking on Animal Man. Since re-workings of Swamp Thing and Animal Man are so closely associated with other, earlier writers (Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, respectively), these re-re-imaginings are bound to be both fascinating and, perhaps inevitably, subjects of debate. READ FULL STORY
For fans who are dreading the end of Glenn Beck’s daily Fox News show, there’s reason to celebrate; and for his detractors, something to groan about. Beck’s media empire won’t be shrinking any time soon: The conservative talking head has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster that includes the launch of a new book imprint called Mercury Ink, an extension of Beck’s production company Mercury Radio Arts. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Mar. 1: Anjelica Huston signs a memoir deal; Lindsay Lohan will not be naked in Terry Richardson book; Bristol Palin update; lawsuits; and more
Scribner’s Nan Graham has signed Anjelica Huston to write her as-yet-untitled memoir, due out in 2013. In a press release, Huston said, “My father once said that interest was the most important thing in the world, and he wasn’t talking about money, but rather the infinite possibilities and choices and patterns we all have in life. In this book, I want to look back at the landscapes that formed me—the exceptional highs and lows I have experienced.” I don’t know about you, but this is the one Hollywood memoir I’ve always been dying to read (her father! her acting career! her years with Jack Nicholson!).
The Daily Mirror reported that Lindsay Lohan signed a deal worth $3.4 million to appear nude in “graphic” shots, alongside James Franco, in a book by photographer Terry Richardson. Lohan confirmed that she will be in the book but called the story “absurd,” saying she would appear fully clothed and the book will not be about sex. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Feb. 24th: Mark Zuckerberg the comic book hero, Katie Couric's advice, hip Kindle commercial, and more
Mark Zuckerberg got the Hollywood treatment with The Social Network, and now he’s getting a much more positive portrayal in comic book form. Since Hollywood has never met a comic book man of action it doesn’t love, I’m just waiting for another Zuckerberg movie–a reboot, if you will–this time based on the illustrated version.
Katie Couric is assembling a book, The Best Advice I Ever Got, to be released April 12th. Inspired by her well reserved graduation speech at Case Western University last May, she has collected over 114 essays from notable individuals, from Salman Rushdie to Chelsea Handler.
Celebrated comic book and animation writer Dwayne McDuffie died Monday of complications after undergoing emergency heart surgery. Among many others, McDuffie worked on Batman, Justice League, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man comics.
Taking a breather from her legal woes, The Help author Kathryn Stockett answered questions during a talkback session post-show at Driving Miss Daisy last night. She spoke about witnessing racism growing up in Mississippi in the 80’s, and she dropped few hints about the film version of her book, other than that she doesn’t have a cameo.
Cal Ripken Jr. can now add “novelist” to his resume with YA baseball book Hothead.
Sexy, hip new Kindle commercial takes jabs at the iPad and also the paperback, which is like kicking a dead horse while it’s down (see what I did there?).
write a book that will divulge intimate details about his marriage to Sandra Bullock and his engagement to Kat von D. The only book by James that I’d maybe read is a tattoo book. And I’d only flip through it at the bookstore, not pay good money for it.Another unbelievably tasteless tell-all memoir in the works: Jesse James has reportedly signed on with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to
Perry Moore, gay author and executive producer of the Narnia series, died last week of unknown causes. He was the author of the novel Hero, a delightful, empowering story about a gay teenage superhero.
Sure, the Kindle now lets you highlight and take notes, but there’s nothing like a well-worn, scribbled-over book. The Times examines the fading of marginalia and the importance of preserving the side-notes of Twain, Austen, and Whitman. I have to admit, I love highlighting and taking notes on books with my iPad, but I’d never be able to create an amazing stick figure swordfight flipbook in an e-Margin like I did with my seventh grade copy of The Hobbit.
Late night host Jimmy Fallon will pen a two-book series entitled Thank You Notes for Grand Central Publishing. Based on a popular weekly feature from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he’ll express his undying gratitude to various people, inanimate objects, and abstract ideas.
What are our future leaders reading? A list of the top ten bestsellers on college campuses reveals few surprises—Tucker Max at number seven is disappointing but predictable—but the W memoir besting Jon Stewart is pretty shocking.
Brooke Burke admits to “not always liking her children” in her new book The Naked Mom.
Outgoing Google boss Eric Schmidt is on the hunt for a book deal about “the effect of technology on authoritarian governments.”
Kathy Freston’s new book, Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness inspires Oprah and her 378 staffers to go vegan for one week.
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