Margaret Mahy, Children's Author, Dies at 76

Margaret Mahy, Children's Author, Dies at 76
New York Times
She had been working as a librarian, writing children's books for years without much success, when an American publisher stumbled on one of her stories in 1969 in a New Zealand educators' magazine. The publisher, Helen Hoke Watts, telephoned Ms.

Suit: 'Gang Book' falsely labels man a gang leader
Chicago Tribune
A man filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Chicago Crime Commission alleging the non-profit damaged his reputation by falsely stating he was a leader of a local gang in a law enforcement book. Edward Arroyo says the Chicago Crime Commission's ...

Book Talk: Egypt, Montana and Evel Knievel focus of new book
Khosi, the half-Egyptian hero of "Evel Knievel Days," was inspired partly by author Pauls Toutonghi's own background as the son of a Latvian mother and Egyptian father, and his desire to reconnect with his Egyptian roots, which led him to Egypt in March ...

Award-winning author connected with children and adults
The Age
Mahy was praised as one of those rare children's authors whose books can also be read with pleasure by grown-ups. A New Zealander who wrote ... In Raging Robots & Unruly Uncles (1981), one of her numerous picture books, we are introduced to Villains School, where Hooligan Pie is served up garnished with peccadilloes, while Heroines Academy serves up Comfort - but almost always cold. She was a mistress of ... Her last book, Footsteps through the Fog, was published earlier this year. For her contributions to ...

The Age

Publishing Yourself - IEEE Spectrum: "Journalist A.J. Liebling once famously noted, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” But with the advent of electronic publishing—and ancillary technologies such as online stores, e-readers, and print-on-demand (POD) systems—anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can be a publisher. For better or worse, whether they’re barely literate neophytes or New York Times best-selling authors, writers can publish whatever they want without having to get approval from an agent, a selection committee, or a peer review process."

An old book cover for your e-book reader
(Credit: Out of Print/Kickstarter). If you're a bookworm techie (like many of us here), these hardcover literary classics seem to make a quirky home for your tablet. Although the Out of Print e-book jacket's creators say on Kickstarter that their aim is to "put the book back in your e-book reader", it is actually only compatible with the iPad 2, new iPad, Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 tablets. With the cover made of the same fabric used to bind books, the jacket really emulates the look, feel and wear of our favorite literary classics.


Voldemort, Mary Poppins: Other Olympic Opening Ceremony Literary Suggestions
Huffington Post
Surely there's plenty more literary inspiration from the rainy isle for the organizers to mine for ideas. In the hope that it's not too late to change their plans, here are some other suggestions for proportional Olympic celebrations of Britain's literary achievements ...

Former Canton man's book explores Penn State controversy
Canton Repository
A former Canton resident, William Moushey is the co-author, with Robert Dvorchak, of the quick-turnaround book “Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence.” The book— Moushey calls it a “cautionary ... In recent days, much of the authors' research was verified by findings in the report by former FBI director Louis Freeh and facts used by NCAA President Mark Emmert when he issued strong sanctions against Penn State University's football program. “What we were drawn to is who knew what ...

Author strikes down intruder theory in JonBenét murder
Author A. James Kolar led the case investigation for the Boulder District Attorney's office for about nine months, between 2005 and 2006. Kolar, now the chief of the marshal's department in Telluride, Colo., is out with a new self-published book, “Foreign ...

BeBe Winans book details Whitney Houston's life
--'The Whitney I Knew': Gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans reveals details of his good friend Whitney Houston's life with "revealing detail" in a new book, USA TODAY's Elysa Gardner reports. --Listomania: Fifty Shades of Grey is not the only erotica title ...


Book Review: 'Wall Street Women,' by Melissa S. Fisher
Illustration by Jimmy Geigerich. One woman tells the author about the dynamics of male-run board meetings: "I feel like Jane Goodall" ... We never learn the women's names or the names of their firms in the book. In exchange, we get the pleasure of hearing ...

Alison Bechdel: By the Book
New York Times
What's your favorite literary genre? Any guilty pleasures? ... But now I see that it's an excruciatingly accurate depiction of the compulsion to write (and draw — Louise Fitzhugh illustrated the book herself), and the toll that this exacts on one's life. What is your ideal ... But I get disoriented in e-books the same way I do in audiobooks. I need to locate ... In an e-book, that place doesn't exist. Do you prefer a ... David Carkeet is one of my favorite comic authors. I love his ... Have you ever written to an author? I used to have ...

Scholastic Adds Trajectory, Inc. eBooks To Storia(TM)
MarketWatch (press release)
Storia has been recognized by Warren Buckleitner with the Editor's Choice Award for children'seBook apps in Children's Technology Review, and received glowing reviews in The New York Times and School Library Journal. "Trajectory is a good example of creative digital ... Trajectory has over 130 eBooks and apps available worldwide from Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Bokus, Chapters Indigo, Google play, Kalahari, Kobo Books, Tescoe Books, Whitcoulls, and W.H. Smith. Trajectory titles may be viewed on ...

Newtown Literary Journal debuts in fall
New York Daily News
Now one Elmhurst scribe is collecting their essays, poems and short stories for the borough's only literary journal. Elementary school English teacher Tim Fredrick hopes to print the inaugural issue of the Newtown Literary Journal in November. The 100 plus ...

New York Daily News

'Columbine' author Dave Cullen examines the Aurora tragedy
Christian Science Monitor
... and the lessons that such catastrophes have taught us. By Randy Dotinga / July 26, 2012. Author Dave Cullen, who wrote the definitive book on the Columbine tragedy, discovered last week that a friend's brother was injured in the Aurora shooting. Enlarge ...

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Mini e-books let readers sample tasty titles
Mini e-books are being served up this summer as bite-size appetizers for the main course to follow. Thriller maven Tess Gerritsen, whose Rizzoli & Isles series is the basis for the TNT show now in its third season, released on Monday a $1.99 minie-book, ...


Book trailers: 'Not the Marrying Kind' and 'A Peculiar Princess'
By Joyce Lamb, USA TODAY. Robin Covington, author of the new A Night of Southern Comfort, returns for her weekly post about fun book trailers … ... The first video this week has an amazing soundtrack — which is only right, since the book is amazing as well (I've already read it in one sitting!). Not the Marrying Kind by Nicola Marsh, one of my fave authors, is fun, flirty and very sexy. This video makes me want to go to ... the sheets . . . one page at a time. She loves her family, tasty man eye candy and comic books.

Penguin Lodges Appeal in E-Book Consumer Case
Publishers Weekly
Lawyers for Penguin yesterday filed a petition with U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals challenging district Judge Denise Cote's June 27 decision denying Penguin's motion to compel arbitration for Amazon and Barnes & Noble e-book customers in the ... In its original motion, filed March 2, Penguin sought to stay the consumer class action case against them, arguing that Amazon and B&N e-book purchasers expressly agreed in their license agreements to “arbitrate any claims arising from their purchases of e-books.

Free e-books help keep Wyoming libraries current
Casper Star-Tribune Online
He was trying to download a free version of an e-book about history to his laptop computer. “I'm still struggling to learn the Nook,” he said, referring to the tablet e-reader he has at home. Kuchenbrod said he ... Although Wyoming public library circulation is down about 3 percent statewide from last year, some librarians believe the popularity of e-books will help sustain their numbers in the long run. ... Report Abuse: cares - 11 minutes ago: Uh - why does your picture show the one eReader that it doesn't work with?

"Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn explores the "dark side of marriage"
CBS News
(CBS News) Award-winning author Gillian Flynn's latest novel is already being called the year's best thriller. The dark and disturbing "Gone Girl" - about a wife who suddenly goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary - has spent the last six weeks on the New York Times best-sellers' list. Thursday on "CBS This Morning, " Flynn described the book as a portrait of "the dark side of marriage." "My first two books had very unattached narrators, they couldn't make any connection at all," Flynn said. "I wanted to go the ...

Dick Lit Books: 9 Male Authors Who Write About Love
Huffington Post
These 9 books were selected not for their literary merit or for their placement in a particular non-literary genre, but simply for their ubiquitous popularity among men and the nature of the content. Yes, women enjoy these novels too (our Assistant Editor admits ...

Book Review: TurboCharged Recipes: Delicious Fuel for Your Fabulous Fat ... (blog)
The authors have organized the book by presenting optimal strategies followed by detailed recipes for drinks, appetizers, soups, and a whole variety of meals. The authors recommend drinking water every two hours throughout the day. Meals should consist of ...

Out Of Print Puts Classic Book Covers on E-Readers
By Amanda Pittman
They take the original artwork from first-run books, many of which have long been discontinued, and use them as the designs on shirts and cellphone covers. Through ... Would you be interested in having a book cover for your e-reader? Tell us ...
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Perfume that smells like new books - Boing Boing
By Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow David Pescovitz Xeni Jardin Editors. Rob Beschizza Managing Editor. Maggie Koerth-Baker Science Editor. Jamie Frevele Entertainment Editor. Jason Weisberger Publisher. Ken Snider Sysadmin. Dean Putney Developer. Antinous Lead Moderator. Avram & Felton ...printed book is the best smell in the world.” Karl Lagerfeld. It comes packaged with inside a hollow carved out of a book with "texts" by "Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Geza Schoen and Tony Chambers. " ...
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A Washington reporter's review of Barofksy's book is unintentionally ...
She (almost audibly) sniffs that the book adds “little of substance” to crisis literature, then cites, of all the books, On the Brink, by Hank Paulson, and Too Big to Fail, by fellow Timesman Andrew Ross Sorkin, as well as In Fed We Trust, by David ...

Brink Lindsey's New eBook, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of ...
By Arnold Kling
(Bryan read an earlier draft of the book, and I look forward to his comments on the final version.) There is no good way to make sense of either rapid "catch-up" growth in income or the long-term persistence of ethnic income differences other ...
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Joe Paterno Book Couldn't Come At A Worse Time - GalleyCat
By Dianna Dilworth
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is looking for a Publicist- LBYR. next job SmithsonianBooks is looking for a Editorial Assistant, Smithsonian Books. next job Candlewick Press is looking for a Publishing Technologies Specialist. next job National Geographic Society is looking for a Associate Managing ... Anne Tate, a spokeswoman for the publisher, said in an e-mail, 'We're sensitive about putting our author in forums where he might be viewed as a stand-in for his subject.'” ...

E-reader Roundup - IEEE Spectrum
By Sally Wiener Grotta, Daniel Grotta
In fact, every e-book vendor provides software to access its content libraries on tablets, smartphones, and personal computers. Therefore, instead of being restricted to a single vendor, you can buy, download, and read e-books from Amazon, ...
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By Kate Torgovnick
10 books inspired by paintings · Girl with the Pearl Earring. Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), first saw the Johannes Vermeer painting that inspired her novel when she was 19-years-old. Struck by the colors, as well ...
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Path gets movie, book sharing and improved camera, photo features ...
By Mark Gurman
Movies & Books! Share the movies you watch and books you read with full previews, actor andauthor pages, synopses, and reviews. ☆ Improved camera that can instantly capture square and landscape photos and videos. ☆ New tools to ...

Melville House Books » Books vs police batons
By Valerie Merians
In November at UC-Berkeley, when the tents were cleared from Occupy Cal, students filled a plaza with books spread open on their faces, accompanied by signs that read, “These are our new tents!” And in February ... Book Bloc, one of the recent book/protest innovations started in Italy in 2010, has been making the rounds internationally, appearing at protests in London, Spain, California, New York. According to ... Valerie Merians is the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.
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But Is It a Book? - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Jennifer Howard
What makes a book a book? For Michael F. Suarez, director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, a collection of texts on an e-reader doesn't qualify. Over macaroni and cheese in early July at the Virginian, an eatery across from the university grounds, Mr. Suarez talked ... This reporter, enrolled in “Born-Digital Materials: Theory and Practice,” was curious about how someone who had devoted his life to the study of books, bibliography, and bookhistory viewed e-books.
Wired Campus

Self-publishing company FastPencil gives some authors more ...
By Laura Hazard Owen
Self-publishing company FastPencil will begin pitching some of its authors' books to Barnes & Noble buyers, which could give them a better chance of ending up in stores or in promotions of Nook e-readers. But it's not a guarantee that ...

E-books and Self-Publishing Roundup, July 26 2012 - PBS
Tagged: apple, doj, e-book, must reads, penguin, self-publish, tablet. The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing 1.

Interview with Author Who Received Humorous Cease and Desist ...
Kentucky-based writer Patrick Wensink knows it isn't easy to get a book published these days. If you're lucky enough to do so, you still face the challenge of ...

Ursula K. Le Guin pressured to make books 'more like Harry Potter ...
So why would one of our most seminal authors be told she needs to start ... The literary market is chaotic with the death of print and the emergence of ebooks.

Book review - Brilliant Orange: The neurotic genius of Dutch football ...
When a book is so fascinating that you go through nearly all of it in a single ... And unlike the brazen "By the end of the book you almost wish you were Dutch.

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any books (fiction or non-fiction) set in Lithuania or about Lithuania. Can be historical, historical fiction, novels, poetry, etc. Any book that gives the reader an idea ...

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