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On The Books: Gender count shows literature is still a man's world

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Since 2009 the good people at VIDA have been trucking away counting bylines and book titles to give us the hard data on gender equality in literary journals. The 2013 VIDA count just went up today and the general consensus is that there is still a disparity between men and women when it comes to literary coverage — both in whose doing the writing and in whose being written about. The highlights:

– Most improved this year goes to The Paris Review. “The Paris Review’s numbers, previously among the worst in our VIDA Count, have metamorphosed from deep, male-dominated lopsidedness into a picture more closely resembling gender parity. While such progress is remarkable in one year, we are likewise pleased to note that we haven’t heard anyone bemoan a drop in quality in The Paris Review’s pages.”
– Poetry Magazine is consistently the most equal.
— The least gender equal with at least 75% male representation: The Atlantic, London Review of Books, New Republic, The Nation, New York Review of Books (actually holding steady at 80% men for four years) and New Yorker.
— Journals that skew more than 50% female: Tin House, Callaloo, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, New American Writing, and Ninth Letter.

Amtrak is contemplating a “writers’ residency” program on their trains, which would allow writers to travel for free (or at least for cheap). They’ve already hooked up Jessica Gross, who contributes to the New York Times Magazine. Gross got to ride for free from New York to Chicago and back (straight through 44 hours, no hanging out in the Windy City.) After the trip, she wrote a piece for The Paris Review on her time. Sounds a little like…how do I say this? Hell. A 44 hour train ride with no destination? To me, the draw of writing on trains is open adventure, being in the Tuscan hills with nothing ahead of you except sunflowers and vineyards. Or being on the Orient Express scoping each new passenger for murderous intent in between exploring Egyptian ruins. Somehow being trapped on a commuter train between NYC and Chi-town sounds more like living Sartre’s No Exit. [The Wire]

Rick Yancy’s The 5th Wave has won the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award (a unique award because it’s voted for entirely by children). Big surprise: the YA novel is set in a post-apocalypse dystopia. The plot follows Cassie who is left alone, after waves of extinctions, running for her life from death squads roaming the countryside. But she meets a boy named Edward — no, Peeta — no, it’s Evan this time who might be the key to her survival. [The Guardian]

Read an excerpt from Laini Taylor's 'Dreams of Gods & Monsters' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s the final countdown! Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the last novel in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, hits shelves April 8. Dreams picks up where Days of Blood & Starlight left off. And while you have to wait a little longer for the series’ epic conclusion, you can go ahead and read the first chapter—titled “Nightmare Ice Cream”—right now. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Exposure': Read an excerpt from Kathy Reichs' latest Virals novel -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Virals series, written by Kathy Reichs and her son Brendan Reichs, follows the crime-solving exploits of Tory Brennan, the grand-niece of Bones heroine Temperance Brennan. Exposure, the fourth installment and latest adventure in the YA series, hits shelves March 4. And we’ve got an exclusive chapter excerpt. Check it out after the jump, and then read on for a quick chat with Kathy and Brendan. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from Seth Fishman's 'The Well's End' -- EXCLUSIVE

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From agent to author! New York literary agent Seth Fishmam is switching things up later this month as he makes his YA debut with The Well’s End. The book doesn’t hit shelves until Feb. 25, but we’ve got an exclusive excerpt to share today. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from Joelle Charbonneau's 'Graduation Day' -- EXCLUSIVE

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“The final test is the deadliest.” That’s the ominous tagline on the cover of Graduation Day, the third and final book in Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing trilogy. Independent Study, the sequel to 2013’s The Testing, hit shelves last month and debuted on The New York Times best-seller list at No. 8. Unfortunately, Graduation Day isn’t slated until June, but the good news? We’ve got an exclusive chapter excerpt to share today. Are you ready for the final test, Shelf Lifers? READ FULL STORY

On The Books: Tolkien almost cut love story from 'Lord of the Rings'

First it was Ron and Hermione, now Aragorn and Arwen?? A previously unpublished letter reveals the tricksy W.H. Auden tried to convince J.R.R. Tolkien to axe the romance between Aragorn and Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The illuminating letter is from 1955 and penned by Tolkien, who is complaining to his publisher about the struggle to complete The Return of the King. Tolkien laments that Auden views the star-crossed subplot between the mortal king and his immortal lover as “unnecessary and perfunctory.” Wow. Shoot me straight, Auden. How do you really feel? Apparently the poet was on Team Éowyn-Faramir. Considering the level of minutia that Tolkien weaves into the historical fabric of Middle Earth, you would think LOTR could support a number of love stories. If I know the second cousin, twice-removed of every dwarf in the Shire, I think I can follow two romantic subplots. I guess Auden was a purist though. One story of true love per series. It’s good to have standards. Thank God Tolkien didn’t take his advice. [The Guardian] READ FULL STORY

Lauren Morrill talks 'Being Sloane Jacobs'

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The Sochi Olympics are underway, so we thought it’d be perfect timing to chat with author Lauren Morrill about her contemporary YA novel Being Sloane Jacobs (out now). The book follows figure skater Sloane Emily Jacobs and hockey player Sloane Devon Jacobs. After a chance meeting, the girls decide to switch places for the summer: Sloane Emily tries to fit in at hockey camp, and Sloane Devon trades in her aggressive hip checks for sequins and axels. Think The Cutting Edge meets The Parent Trap. Morrill didn’t plan the Olympic tie in, “I think it was a happy accident,” she told us, but it’s quite fitting that her witty novel about two badass female athletes is available now. Read on for our chat with Morrill who has her own interesting sports background.  READ FULL STORY

See the trailer and cover for Brandon Mull's new fantasy series 'Five Kingdoms' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Brandon Mull, author of the New York Times best-selling fantasy series Fablehaven and Beyonders, has released the art for the newest book in his Five Kingdoms series — and EW has your first exclusive look at the cover. Though The Rogue Knight isn’t due out until October, and though Mull has been tight-lipped about information surrounding its plot, readers can get a glimpse at what they might be able to expect: our heroes facing off against a formidable force, possibly the Rogue Knight himself. And it’s safe to say that it looks like their journey home might get a little harder.

Sky Raiders, the first book in Mull’s Five Kingdom series, will debut on March 11. The novel introduces the character of Cole Randolph, an unsuspecting kid just trying to have fun with his friends on Halloween. Instead, after watching his friends disappear through a portal in a Haunted House, he himself gets transported to a place called The Outskirts. The Outskirts house five kingdoms, all of which are in-between places between life and death. With the help of his new friend Mira, Cole must figure out how to rescue his friends and get himself home – before it’s too late.

Do you like the cover for The Rogue Knight? Are you excited for the debut of Mull’s new series? Whet your appetite by checking out a trailer, also exclusive, for Sky Raiders below — and let us know what you think!

See the cover of 'The Ninth Circle' by Brendan Deneen -- EXCLUSIVE

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Like Dan Brown’s Inferno, The Ninth Circle finds inspiration in Dante’s classic work. This novel, though, follows young man’s coming-of-age as he travels with a circus through nine states, falls in love with the Bearded Lady, and encounters performers who possess magical abilities along the way.

While The Ninth Circle is film-exec-turned-editor Brendan Deneen’s first prose novel, he’s already an established graphic novelist and playwright, having written Scatterbrain and contributed to Flash Gordon and Casper the Friendly Ghost. At Macmillan Publisher’s, Deneen edits The Walking Dead novels by Robert Kirkman and the novelized sequel to the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All.

See the cover for Kat Rosenfield's new YA novel, 'Inland' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Kat Rosenfield, author of 2012’s Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, is back with a new YA novel, Inland. The book (due June 12) follows Callie Morgan as she and her estranged father move to the sea from the Midwest. We’ve got an exclusive first look at the cover (above) and check out an exclusive excerpt after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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