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Author and journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33. The author of two nonfiction books about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he will probably be best remembered for his Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley McChrystal, then commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, that eventually led to McChrystal being relieved of his command. Publisher David Rosenthal said in a statement that Hastings' death "cuts short a life dedicated to speaking truth to power. He was a truthteller, a charming provocateur and a relentless seeker of decency in a nasty world."
Weird Al Yankovic is publishing his second book, My New Teacher and Me! , with HarperCollins Children's Books. The book is set for a June 25, 2013 release. Billy, the star of When I Grow Up , returns and his unrestrained creativity conflicts with his teacher, Mr. Booth's, strict lesson plan. Yankovic says the rumors that his new book is autobiographical are not true. He says he never dug up a dinosaur in his backyard and his grandfather never went to the moon. Take a look: Photo: Harpercollins Permalink | Recent Headlines | Facebook | Our News Feeds
I've never considered Our Mutual Friend to be boring, but I do recognize that Charles Dickens can be an acquired (even difficult ) taste to for some. In his review of Our Mutual Friend , John Thornton writes, "Are generations of high school students wrong in thinking that Charles Dickens is one of the most boring writers ever to write what in many cases amounts to soap operas for money? An answer to this depends on what we mean by 'boring'." Cover Art © Oxford University Press.
Simon and Schuster Children's Books has announced a deal with Ringo Starr to publish a children's picture book version of the Beatles' song, "Octopus's Garden." The book will be published as a hardcover with a CD that includes audio of a previously unheard music track from Ringo and a reading of the story. The book will be illustrated by Ben Cort, author of Aliens Love Underpants . Ringo Starr first composed Octopus's Garden in 1968, when holidaying in Sardinia on Peter Sellers' yacht. The boat's captain offered Ringo an octopus lunch, which he turned down. The captain also explained how octopuses trawl the sea bed for shiny stones and objects to put in front of their caves. This inspired the lyrics for the song which first appeared on the album, Abbey Road , in 1969. Ringo Starr said in a statement, "It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus's Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo." Photo: Barbara Bach Permalink | Recent Headlines | Facebook | Our News Feeds
Did you know? 1984 is suddenly on the bestseller list , catapulting the novel to as-yet, unheard-of heights almost overnight! (BTW, his other novels are also climbing in sales .) What could it mean? You might well ask, "Why?" Well, the news about NSA snooping is making everyone second-think (or "double-think"?) those stories once considered so delusional, wrought with paranoia, or far-fetched. But, now we wonder: how mush truth can we now find in re-examining those famous dystopian novels? What about all those predictions (and all the examples of how those fictional musings have become realities of modern science and technology)? If you're one of those who have jumped on George Orwell's 1984 (bestselling) bandwagon of Winston Smith and Big Brother, based on the work of Yevgeny Zamyatin, you will likely enjoy these other great novels . So, why are these dystopian novels so popular now? Perhaps we're all just a little nervous that George Orwell and all the other writers might have really had it right, all along. Or, maybe, we just need to read about the worst possible realities of the future, so we can work to protect our freedoms and prevent those dystopian fictions from becoming a reality. Here's one famous quote from 1984 , George Orwell wrote: "People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word." Are dystopian novels still too, far-fetched for you? What are your fears? Your hopes? Cover Art © HarperCollins.
In his review of Jane Eyre , John Thornton writes: "There is something more going on in Jane Eyre than mere charm, true, something authentically powerful--if, as will be see, brief. But the power of Jane Eyre has less to do with the conflict of great forces that typifies great works of literature, and more to do with the subtle irritation of a delayed resolution to its most important episode." In Jane Eyre , Charlotte Bronte once wrote: "It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it." Read more about Jane Eyre , by Charlotte Bronte . Cover Art © Scholastic, Inc.
Today is June 16, the day on which James Joyce had his first date with Nora Barnacle, who would later become his wife. June 16th is also the day on which the infamous novel, Ulysses ( buy direct ), is set. Read more about James Joyce and his infamous works--on Bloomsday ! My Brother's Keeper , a memoir James Joyce Books ' Ulysses' Review Banning Ulysses What are you doing this Bloomsday?!?
Sarah Kinson, for The Guardian , conducted an interview with Tim Lott. When asked whether he found writing "easy," his reply was: "I'm afraid I'm in agreement with Lionel Shriver--that writing is mainly dull, and if you've got any self-respect you'll throw most of it away. It never gets any easier, although it is less frightening." Writing is hard... but I've always been fascinated by how the greatest writers come to terms with the writing experience. Richard Wright once wrote: "I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all." Words sometimes seem to be aching to come out: to live, to breathe, to grow... They fill the spare moments between the hours; and sometimes they really do reach out and touch others. Or, they just touch me. Perhaps that's enough. It's all a process of discovery--whether you are writing, or reading, or struggling to understand.
Kenn Nesbitt has been named the new Children's Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children's Poetry to the Poetry Foundation, which noted that the two-year position comes with a $25,000 prize and "aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them." He succeeds J. Patrick Lewis
William Morrow just picked up the rights to a new Penn Cage trilogy by Greg Iles, the #1 bestselling New York Times author. The first book is called Natchez Burning . It will hit bookshelves in May, 2014. The trilogy opens with Penn Cage's father, Dr. Tom Cage, being accused of murdering his former nurse. The nurse's murder has links to a number of unsolved murders from the 1960s. The character of Dr. Tom Cage was based on the author's own father who recently died. Iles said he got the idea for the trilogy during his own long rehabilitation from a devastating car accident which left him in a coma for 8 days. He eventually recovered, but lost part of his right leg. Iles explained in a statement, "My father has always been the heart of my Penn Cage novels. When he died during the writing of this book-and then I very nearly died myself-the thriller I was working on grew into something far more ambitious and profound. This story is an exploration of family, race murder, and what used to be called ;miscegenation; in the South. It became epic in scope, and I began to see the exciting and unusual potential of stretching the plot across three interlinked novels. In William Morrow, I found a publisher that shared my vision of what a 'thriller' could be once the conventional limits were removed. David Highfill edited some of my earlier novels, so in that way, it felt like coming home. He and the team at HarperCollins realized that this could be a groundbreaking opportunity to give readers not only something with visceral punch, but also a story that explores the darkest corners of America's past." Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher of William Morrow, had this to say about acquiring Iles' new trilogy: "We are so excited to welcome a great talent like Greg Iles to our list. He has many longtime fans here at William Morrow - including myself - and we are eager to bring our passion and enthusiasm for Greg's books to the publication of this wonderful new trilogy." His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. His bestselling books include The Quiet Game, Turning Angel , and The Devil's Punchbowl . Iles is a member of Stephen King's literary band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. Permalink | Recent Headlines | Facebook | Our News Feeds