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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 19:27

ALA Files Comments Supporting Net Neutrality



The American Library Association (ALA) is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt network neutrality rules necessary in order to support the mission of libraries.

“Network neutrality strikes at the heart of library core values of intellectual freedom and equitable access to information,” stated Courtney Young, president of the ALA. “We are extremely concerned that broadband Internet access providers currently have the opportunity and financial incentive to degrade Internet service or discriminate against certain content, services and applications.”


The ALA has joined with 10 other national higher education and library organizations to file joint public comments with the FCC, as part of the government agency’s public comment period on the debate. The period to comment ended on Friday, and the FCC reported receiving more than a million comments. (more…)

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 19:27

Bring Your International Stories on Motherhood to Brain, Child Magazine



Brain, Child isn’t your typical parenting magazine. In it, you won’t find the top 10 summer activities for kids or a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies. Instead, the literary magazine focuses on the issues of women and motherhood with perspectives that are parent focused rather than child-centric.

Every section of the mag is open to freelancers and, in particular, author and editor-in-chief Marcelle Soviero encourages international writers to pitch stories on parenting to offer a more unique perspective. As the magazine is comprised of up to 70 percent freelance content, Soviero, a former freelancer herself, considers writers the magazine’s “lifeblood.” She adds:

We’ve published well-known authors but also new authors. I’ve been that new author. I know what that’s like, and I always appreciated when magazines would take a chance on me. I like to do that for people, as well, as long as the work is excellent and meets our criteria.

For more information on what Brain, Child editors are looking for, read: How to Pitch: Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 17:55

Fight Club Sequel Coming as Graphic Novel Next Year



Dark Horse Comics and Chuck Palahniuk are teaming up to produce a graphic novel sequel to Palahniuk’s classic novel Fight Club.

Palahniuk revealed the news last week while he was speaking at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The book is slated for publication next year. Palahniuk told the fan site Chuckpalahniuk.net more details about the story. Check it out:

Chelsea Cain has been introducing me to artists and creators from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, and they’re walking me through the process.  It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.   Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back.  Jack is oblivious.  Marla is bored.  Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom.  It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 16:19

Author Thomas Berger Has Died



American novelist Thomas Berger has died. He was 89 years old.

The New York Times has more details: “His agent, Cristina Concepcion, said she learned of his death, at Nyack Hospital, on Monday. Mr. Berger lived in Grand View, a village in Rockland County, N.Y., where he had remained fiercely protective of his privacy.”

Berger was the author of twenty-three novels which also included: Best Friends; Meeting Evil; Adventures of the Artificial Woman and The Feud, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1983. He was best known for the book Little Big Man, which was adapted into a film starring Dustin Hoffman in 1970. The novel explores Western mythology through the eyes of 121-year-old white man that was raised by Native Americans.

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 15:49

Wattpad Expands Creative Commons Options Enabling Fan Fiction



Digital writing community Wattpad is making it easier for writers to make their work available to be the basis of fan fiction. The social network has expanded its Creative Commons licensing option to level 4.0, which essentially means that they are giving writers more options to rework and remix the work of other writers.

Writers can participate by tagging their stories with the CC 4.0 licensing option, making their stories searchable to site visitors looking for work to expand upon. Wattpad has more than 300,000 stories which include this distinction. Sci-fi author Cory Doctorow has shared five works on Wattpad under these licenses, including Homeland and Little Brother. To help promote the launch of CC 4.0, he has made his first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom available for other writers to rework on Wattpad.

“The biggest question facing new writers today isn’t how to protect their work; it’s how to find a readership for it,” stated Doctorow. “It makes complete sense that so many Wattpad writers are gravitating toward Creative Commons licenses: by giving others permission to share your writing, you can open doors to new audiences and new creative opportunities.”

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 14:18

Would You Ever Eat Like One of ‘The Boxtrolls’?



Would you ever eat like one of The Boxtrolls?

In celebration of the forthcoming film adaptation, Cinema Blend will host an insect tasting during this weekend’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Attendees will enjoy edible bug dishes prepared by Chef David George Gordon.

This food truck event will take place at Petco Park on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th. The movie, based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!, will be released on Friday, September 26th. Follow this link to view the official trailer.

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mb_galleycat July 22 2014, 12:42

Half Price Books Hosts Shelfie Contest



Half Price Books is currently running the #MeMyShelfandI photo contest.

Bibliophiles are being asked to “show off” their bookshelf “with or without self-portrait” which may feature books, music, movies, or other collectible items. The contest will run from July 21, 2014 to August 04, 2014.

From there, entrants should submit their #shelfies on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For Facebook, the pictures should be posted “directly to the Half Price Books wall using the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within the photo caption.” For Twitter and Instagram, contestants “must mention @HalfPriceBooks and use the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within a photo caption.” Follow this link to learn more details about this contest.

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 20:17

Ben Cameron: Publishers Need to Match the Book to the Medium



Book publicist Ben Cameron believes that publishers have a long way to go before they get eBooks right. In a piece penned for The Huffington Post, Cameron recounts his experience of reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on his Kindle.

The book itself is an eBook, according to the storyline, yet Cameron points out that the publisher didn’t go anything to take advantage of this fact when creating the eBook. Instead of making it interactive, they simply took the print files and digitized them.

Here is more from his piece: “At the moment publishers are quickly churning out ebook versions of the mainstays of their print backlists. But more often than not they are doing so without giving a moment’s thought to making even the simplest of changes to the printed book. So we end up with an introduction to an ebook that sings the praises of paperbacks or ebook cover images taken straight from printed books that boast of illustrations – when the illustrations have been stripped from the ebook editions.”

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 19:47

George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb To Appear Together in London Next Month



Famed sci-fi authors George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb are getting together for a live event in London on August 19th. At the event, the two authors discuss “how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality.”

Publisher HarperVoyager UK revealed the news on Twitter today.

NEWSFLASH: Exclusive event with George RR Martin & @RobinHobb in London 19 Aug! #GeorgeandRobin pic.twitter.com/irqObmIKMy

— HarperVoyagerUK (@HarperVoyagerUK) July 21, 2014

The event will take place at a venue in Central London. Tickets will go on sale later this week. The tickets will cost £45 each and will include a hardcover edition of Hobb’s latest novel Fool’s Assassin.

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 19:47

The New Yorker is Offering Free Digital Access to Entire Publication All Summer



The New Yorker is publishing its entire print magazine online for free through the end of the summer.

The free giveaway is part of the magazine’s digital redesign, which includes a new website, as well as a new mobile experience. With the redesign comes new content. The site already publishes fifteen original stories a day and has plans to increase this number.Check it out:

We are promising more, as well as an even greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world. For instance, in addition to Daily Comment, which usually concerns itself with political matters, we will also feature a Daily Cultural Comment, a regular column in which our critics and other writers confront everything from the latest debates over the impact of technology to the latest volume from Chicago, Oslo, or Lima and the ongoing sagas of Don Draper, Daenerys Targaryen, and Hannah Horvath.

In the fall, the magazine will return to a limited access website, giving only subscribers full access with the implementation of a new paywall.

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bob_greenberger July 21 2014, 18:21

Where We’ve Been



Deb in Alki 2014While we were away this past week, Deb commented on how much planning a getaway has changed. It used to be, you sent away for brochures from the city/state’s tourism bureau then you could order guidebooks and triptiks from AAA. Then came the Internet and suddenly you could plan a variety of visits in advance, make reservations, and schedule things fairly tight, maximizing your time.

We have always wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest so decided to start in Seattle. Saturday started with the amazing Central Branch of their public library which is 10 stories and has interesting design within. From there we walked down to the docks, strolling and browsing shops and eating fish by the water. We then wandered into town, stopping in Pioneer Square which is a nice area with funky shops for browsing. Then we met up with our old friends Mike and Liz Flynn for the tour of underground Seattle. I had always been fascinated with the concept since seeing it in The Night Strangler and while good, I had hoped to see more. While on the tour, we walked past friends from Fairfield so had enough time to hug hello and run off. After the tour we went to the other side of the area, Alki Beach, where we had dinner at the funky Luna Park Diner then walked the beach, watching the sun go down.

On Sunday, we continued our multimodal visit by taking the monorail to the arts center where the Space Needle and EMP museum reside. The Fantasy and Icons of SF exhibits were impressively designed, splitting time between literary and media so I was pleased. From there we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and wandered the shops there for a few hours. Back on the main land, we used a bike rickshaw to head towards dinner along the wharf.

Bob & BatmanMonday was all about food. We wandered all through the famous Pike Place Market, which had an impressive comics shop among the many other stores. But the highlight was the Gourmet Seattle Tour which, for three hours, meant we were eating. Our guide, Nick, took us to eight different locations, telling us all about the rise of foodie culture in Seattle. At each stop, we were giving tastings along with comments from either the owner or the host. So, there were cupcakes, pizza, chowder, fish, mushrooms, beer, beer sausage, and gelato. Not being a drinker, they arranged alternative drinks so I loved my virgin cranberry mojito. We were stuffed and quite happy.

We then took Amtrak on Tuesday, riding through the countryside and coast towards San Francisco. For this 24 hour journey, we had a sleeper and mostly hung out in the parlor car watching the scenery. We wound up befriending a couple from New Zealand and their delightful 15 month old daughter.

Once in San Francisco, we continued to take other modes of transit from trolley car to bus to ferry. Wednesday saw us wandering all around Chinatown and Telegraph Hill where we visited the COIT Tower and its majestic view. On Thursday, we returned to the Wharf area where we found a really cool Arcade Museum with items dating back to the 19th century. I reverted into old habits, dropping quarters into the original Star Wars video game and having a ball. We then found the U.S.S. Jeremiah O’Hare, one of the last remain liberty class ships from World War II so we took the self-guided tour and found it fascinating. That afternoon we took a walking tour of Fort Mason. As a part of the public library system, they have a non-profit group of volunteers who give upward of 95 different walking tours of the city and we selected this one almost at random but were pleased with our guide’s knowledge and what we managed to see. Once done, we treated ourselves to Ghirardelli ice cream sundaes before hiking back to the hotel.

Gang of 4 2014Friday saw us taking an early ferry over to Sausalito, which had been recommended by several on the previous day’s tour. Similar to Bainbridge, it was a mix of shops and restaurants but was relatively unimpressive and perhaps the low point of the trip. As a result, we took an earlier-than-planned ferry back and wound up deciding to have a few hours of downtime since, after all, this was a vacation.

Thanks to modern technology, when it was time to eat, Yelp! Or Open Table provided us with plentiful choices and reviews. We wound up with tasty Mexican, French, and Italian dinners that we would otherwise have missed.

Our final day was spent walking in a different section of the city, taking a walking tour of mansions where we heard some great stories and saw a wide variety of styles. Once done, we wandered down by the water, intending to hit the Presidio but stopped at the impressive Palace of Fine Arts, the last major relic of the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition. We were stunned at its magnificence and from there hit the beach for a walk then took the bus back to the room.

Thankfully, the flight home was uneventful and we returned at a reasonable enough hour allowing us to pick up milk, some dinner, and unpack before collapsing. And now it’s back to summer work and the remaining weeks of my time off.

mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 17:11

Sherlock Holmes’ Resume: INFOGRAPHIC



Would you hire Sherlock Holmes to work for your company? McGraw-Hill has created a one-sheet for the detective to show off his skill set and help him get work.

The infographic is part of a promotional tool to support the upcoming book The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job.

We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump for you to explore further. (more…)

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 15:39

NYPL to Host a ‘Sesame Street’-Themed Multimedia Exhibit



The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host a Sesame Street-themed exhibition called “Somebody Come and Play.”

This multimedia exhibit was organized to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show and celebrate its 45 years of great success. It will run from September 18, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Visitors will not be charged an admissions fee.

According to the press release, this art show “will feature items from the archives of Sesame Workshop and The Library for the Performing Arts including scripts, storyboards, lead sheets, designs, photographs, animation cels, scores and more. Snuffy and Super Grover will be on display in a child-friendly area where children can enjoy Sesame Street books, games, apps and e-books. Visitors will also learn about Sesame Street international programs and view Muppets from other countries.”

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 14:07

Australian Author Among the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17



Australian author Liam Davison was among those that died in the Malaysia Airlines Flight that was shot down over the Ukraine last week.

Davidson was the author of five books including: The Velodrome, Soundings and The White Woman. He had also published two collections of short stories including The Shipwreck Party.

According to the bio on Penguin Books Australia’s website, Davison was awarded the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993 and was shortlisted for several literary prizes such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

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mb_galleycat July 21 2014, 13:33

Bibliophile Socials & Writing Workshops Get Booked



Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The Book’d in Burbank social gathering will feature mystery, romance, and young adult author readings. Join in on Thursday, July 24th at Theatre Banshee from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Los Angeles, CA)


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mb_galleycat July 18 2014, 19:09

Singapore Comes Around on Banning Gay Children’s Books



The National Library Board of Singapore has stopped plans to destroy and remove children’s books featuring gay and lesbian characters from its shelves. While one of the three banned titles has already been destroyed, the other two will not be destroyed and will instead be moved to an adult section of the library.

NBC News has more: “‘I have also asked NLB to review the process by which they deal with such books,” [Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob] Ibrahim said. The library had previously said that the books went against ‘social norms’, with the majority of Singaporeans appearing to be against same-sex relationships.”

The books in question include: And Tango Makes Three; The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption; and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families. It is not clear, which book was destroyed and which remain.

The change of heart comes after fierce opposition to the ban from activists on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeMyLibrary, as well as an open letter criticizing the decision published online which collected thousands of signatures.

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mb_galleycat July 18 2014, 19:09

Fifteen Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories to be Published Posthumously



Weidenfeld & Nicolson and The Orion Publishing Group will publish fifteen previously unpublished stories by the late author Elmore Leonard.

The stories, which will be published in conjunction with HarperCollins, are slated for publication in the fall of 2015.

The works come from Leonard’s early years. Here is more detail from ElmoreLeonard.com: “Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit advertising agency, these stories find Leonard exploring far-flung locations – from the bars of small-town New Mexico to a military base in Kuala Lumpur – and unforgettable characters, several of whom recur in his published work. With razor-sharp dialogue and headlong pacing, these stories reveal a master who honed his craft from a very young age.”



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mb_galleycat July 18 2014, 17:35

Bill O’Reilly to Narrate His Upcoming Audiobook



Outspoken Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly will be the voice for his upcoming audiobook edition of Killing Patton, the fourth book in his bestselling history series which he wrote in collaboration with Martin Dugard.

Macmillan Audio, the audiobook publisher revealed that O’Reilly was in the studio to record his book this week. The audiobook and print edition of the title comes out on September 23, 2014. O’Reilly’s other audiobooks in the series have done well in the past. Killing Lincoln, was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011; Killing Kennedy was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012 and Killing Jesus was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Bill O’Reilly back in the studio recording Killing Patton,” stated  Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher of Macmillan Audio. ”His powerful narration and this fascinating topic are sure to be another bestselling combination.”

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mb_galleycat July 18 2014, 16:05

Oyster Responds to Amazon’s Entry Into eBook Subscription Market



Oyster, a leader in the Netflix-for-eBooks business, has responded to news that Amazon has entered the burgeoning new marketplace.

“We’re not surprised,” explained Eric Stromberg, CEO and Co-Founder at Oyster, in a statement. “They have pivoted from transactional to subscription-based in other media, and have had limited success. They really paved the way in ebooks, and it’s exciting to see them embrace the market we created as the future of books.”

Amazon’s new service, Kindle Unlimited, will compete directly with Oyster’s eBook subscription service. Both companies charge about $10 a month in subscription fees for unlimited access to their entire library. Oyster’s collection consists of more than 500,000 titles and Amazon’s boasts more than 600,000.

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mb_galleycat July 18 2014, 15:35

Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal



Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers brokered the deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“The book is important to us because we will get to share our journey with the world and inspire both kids and adults, and show that if you work hard your dream just might come true,” explained the band in a statement.  ”And it is an amazing opportunity to tell the world what friendship is about.  We are more than just a band; we are the best of friends proving that the whole is bigger than the individual.” (more…)

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