Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez’s upcoming memoir Just Between Us will be released on September 30. In the book, the Extra host opens up about his successes in the entertainment industry and “the heartbreaking mistakes” that still haunt him, including his highly public, and at times tumultuous, love life. In a release from his publisher Celebra, Lopez added, “There are no do-overs in life, so I had to learn to pick myself up and move forward, never forgetting the hard-won lessons. I’m thrilled to share my story in this memoir, to reveal the memories I’ve held close to my heart for the time.” This will be Lopez’s fourth book. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY
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Some people think of everything, like the folks over at humanitarian group WaterisLife. They wrote a book on water quality, but went the extra mile and made the pages actual water filters that can be torn out and used to treat contaminated water. My first question was: what languages are they printing this in because chances are the people who need this speak only a local dialect. Sure enough they covered that: “Each page of the book is divided by perforation into two squares. The top half has information printed in English, while the bottom half is printed in a locally spoken language. The first run was printed in English and Swahili to be distributed in Kenya, but the goal is to expand printing for languages spoken in all 33 countries where WaterisLife operates.” [Slate] READ FULL STORY
Back in 1974, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorofsky began the ambitious project of translating sci-fi 1965 novel Dune to the big screen. Although Jodorofsky’s adaptation of the extraterrestrial story eventually fell apart because no Hollywood studio would finance the avant-garde, pricey film, the 1965 novel by American author Frank Herbert later inspired a book saga, a 1984 film, a three-part mini series in 2000, and even a comic book series.
A new competition is trying to drum up pop cultural fervor for contemporary authors and it has the splashy title of Literary Death Match. You really shouldn’t need anymore info than that to buy tickets. But I’ll give you details anyway. Their poster says: “4 authors, 3 judges, 2 finalists, 1 epic finale (and a bunch of really attractive lit-nerds).” I mean, done and done. Their website elaborates further, Literary Death Match “marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.” So throw in Legends of the Hidden Temple obstacles and I promise to watch this and nothing else for the rest of the year. [NPR] READ FULL STORY
The fourth and final installment in Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga’s Governor-related Walking Dead book series will be available next Tuesday when The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part Two is released in both print and audiobook formats. The novel will feature the final face-off between Rick Grimes and Philip Blake, and you can get your first taste right here and right now with a clip from the Macmillian audiobook version read by Fred Berman.
But be warned! This clip not only features massive zombie and human carnage — as evidenced by lines like “ragged bodies collapsing in a synchronized line dance of death” — but also some major NSFW language. Like, we’re talking multiple uses of multiple curse words. So grab some headphones and prepare yourself for a harrowing alley encounter between the living and the undead that may or may not end with a bit of nostril stabbing. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY
Harper Lee settled her federal lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama. As we reported in October, the reclusive author sued her hometown museum for selling souvenirs of To Kill A Mockingbird without compensating her. She was also embroiled in a lawsuit against her former literary agent last year over the copyright to her book. Those charges were dismissed after the parties reached an out of court settlement. [AP] [ABC News] READ FULL STORY
If there’s one thing that’s certain about Sith Lords, it’s that you can’t keep them down — particularly a mogul like Darth Maul. The popular Star Wars villain takes the spotlight in Joe Schreiber’s new novel, Star Wars: Lockdown: Maul, a follow-up to Darth Plagueis, taking place before the events of The Phantom Menance. The new novel follows Darth Maul as he infiltrates a space prison where no one is safe from harm and everyone is out to sabotage each other. But Darth Maul isn’t just fighting for survival — his goal is to obtain an object that will enable him to rule the galaxy. And he’ll have to endure more than just angry prisoners to be successful and stay alive.
Read an exclusive excerpt below, and then check out an exclusive audio clip read by Sam Witwer, whom you may recognize as the voice of Darth Maul in the popular animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars. READ FULL STORY
'The X-Files' star Gillian Anderson to pen sci-fi book series for new Simon & Schuster imprint -- EXCLUSIVE
Gillian Anderson is returning to the genre that made her a cultural icon – but it’s not on television. The newest project from the star of The X-Files is a book franchise called the EarthEnd Saga, a collaboration with co-writer Jeff Rovin, a prolific geek whose extensive bibliography includes works in the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series. The first novel, entitled A Vision of Fire, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster through a new imprint devoted to literary and speculative fiction across all genres called Simon451, a nod to legendary author Ray Bradbury’s dystopian/sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451.
“It’s been a fantastic experience,” Anderson tells EW, adding that she was inspired to give sci-fi world-building and storytelling a shot at the encouragement of Rovin, a friend of a friend. “I enjoy writing, but don’t usually allow myself the time, and I don’t think I’d ever think to write something in this genre without the prodding of someone like Jeff. But I realized I had ideas hidden within me for a series and a lead character, in this case, a heroine.” Referring to The X-Files, she says: “After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it.”
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Defeating the Empire is no easy task — even for a whip-smart, blaster-touting princess. Princess Leia takes the spotlight in a new novel set in between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Empire & Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells follows Leia as she is forced to work with pirates from her home world, Alderaan. On the surface this may seem lucky for the Rebel Alliance leader, but much to her chagrin, the marauders blame the Rebellion for Alderaan’s destruction.
Razor’s Edge debuts a couple weeks ahead of the second annual Star Wars Reads Day, which celebrates the expansive pantheon of books based on a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Reads Day events, which include author and illustrator appearances, take place in bookstores and libraries nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Watch the official trailer for Razor’s Edge here: READ FULL STORY
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t become a wise old wizard overnight. Yet, his transformation from Jedi leader (who looks like Ewan McGregor) to Luke Skywalker’s mentor (who looks like Sir Alec Guinness) is one that still remains a mystery in the vast Star Wars Expanded Universe — until now. Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is a new Star Wars book starring the ultimate non-parental father figure, Kenobi. Told from Obi-Wan/Ben’s perspective, the tale showcases Kenobi as he settles into life as a distant protector of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader’s son Luke on the desert planet Tatooine.
But life on the remote planet is not a restful one — nearby Tusken Raiders led by a ruthless chief and the ever-present threat of the newly created Galactic Empire complicate Kenobi’s mission to keep an eye out for young Skywalker and his family. (In true Star Wars fashion — I have a bad feeling about this.)
James Arnold Taylor dons the same voice he uses to portray Kenobi on the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in this exclusive audio excerpt as Kenobi attempts to reach out to the spirit of his former master and mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn. Star Wars: Kenobi will be available Tuesday, Aug. 27.
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