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On the Books: Bruce Springsteen's publishing a book about a bank-robbing baby

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The Boss is jumping on the bandwagon of musicians writing children’s books with the November 4 release of Outlaw Pete, a picture book based on his 2009 song of the same name. The book will be composed of Springsteen’s lengthy lyrics about a bank-robbing baby paired with illustrations by cartoonist/author Frank Caruso, according to New York Times.

While it’s being marketed as a picture book for adults, Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp said it’s “for readers of all ages.”

“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western,” he told The Times. “Obviously, the song it’s based on is for adults. It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.”

Fellow musician Keith Richards announced back in March would be writing a children’s book, following in the footsteps of Madonna, Jimmy Buffett, and three of the four Beatles.

Julia Glass gives her picks for favorite underrated books

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Novelist Julia Glass thinks children’s books deserve more love. Specifically, the ten she told us about below. Check out which children’s tales Glass chose, ranging from a Roald Dahl book to lesser-known fables:

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On The Books: Murakami's new novel; plus, audiobooks with Neil Gaiman, Roald Dahl, Bill Bryson

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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Roald Dahl is coming to your e-reader! Which books would you like to see?

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Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday — and Penguin Young Readers is celebrating the occasion by releasing electronic versions of eight of his most beloved stories.

Kids of all ages can now stock their e-readers with James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny, the Champion of the World, George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Twits – an octet of yarns that represent Dahl’s uniquely wicked worldview, as well as his essential humanity. (Just try to make it all the way through Danny without shedding a single tear. Unless you’re a Twit, it’s impossible.) They all cost $6.99 — except George, which for some reason is one dollar more. Maybe the publisher wants to sell fewer copies so that fewer children will be inspired to try this at home?

For any fan of Dahl, this news is exciting. Still, I can’t help but think that this list doesn’t exactly contain the author’s eight best works — who would ever choose the wispy George’s Marvelous Medicine over a fantastically creepy story like The Witches or The BFG?

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On the Books Sept 13: YA authors asked to 'straighten' gay characters, Roald Dahl's writing cottage needs a savior

++ Authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith talk about being asked by a major literary agent to “straighten” a gay character in their post-apocalyptic YA novel. The agent even suggested revealing that the character is gay in later books if the early ones prove popular.

++ Roald Dahl’s family is asking the public for help in raising more than $790,000 to transport the shed in which the beloved author wrote many of his best-known works from its current location to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center. This is causing a stir in England: READ FULL STORY

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