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In search of lost Proust: Film may show revered author
16 Feb 2017 at 3:27am
An oval face with a thin black moustache, descending the steps of a Paris church: Is this the only known footage showing the French literary giant Marcel Proust? A Canadian researcher says it is indeed, in a silent film taken on November 14, 1904, when the author of "In Search of Lost Time" was 33 years old. The man thought to be Proust appears in the 37th second of the clip, which lasts one minute, 11 seconds and was published Wednesday on the website of the French magazine Le Point.
New Philip Pullman trilogy, 'The Book of Dust,' arrives October
15 Feb 2017 at 4:40am
Closely connected to the three-part story "His Dark Materials," Philip Pullman's "The Book of Dust" is set for release on October 19, 2017. Centering on existing character Lyra Belacqua, who featured in "Northern Lights" (1995), "The Subtle Knife" (1997) and "The Amber Spyglass" (2000), the new trilogy covers the first 20 years of her life. In fact, 'The Book of Dust' is... an 'equel,'" explained Pullman, talking to publisher Penguin Random House.
Best-selling authors Robin Stevens and Mark Lowery nominated for UK's Childre...
14 Feb 2017 at 7:18am
The Federation of Children's Book Groups in the UK has published the authors shortlisted for the annual awards, founded in 1980. Favorites for the top prize are the best-selling authors Robin Stevens ("A Murder Most Unladylike" series) and Mark Lowery ("Socks Are Not enough", "Pants Are Everything".) Illustrators Jim Field and Benji Davies are also popular choices.
Salman Rushdie to bring out new novel on modern-day America
7 Feb 2017 at 9:35am
Salman Rushdie's latest novel, entitled "The Golden House," follows the life of a young American filmmaker against a backdrop of contemporary US politics. To be published by Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape, "The Golden House" will be Rushdie's 12th novel. The British-Indian writer is most known for his controversial novel "The Satanic Verses" (1988) and Booker-Prize-winning "Midnight's Children" (1981).
Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' from 1985 tops Amazon bestseller list
6 Feb 2017 at 11:49am
As of Monday, February 6, Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" (published 1985) is Amazon.com's bestselling book. Most likely following a spot for the television adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel during the American Super Bowl, the Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale" has now taken over the number 1 bestselling book position on Amazon, over Milo Yiannopoulos' "Dangerous" and George Orwell's "1985".
Hillary Clinton turns over a new leaf
1 Feb 2017 at 9:20am
Former US First Lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is set to publish her first children's book. Due for publication this fall with Simon & Schuster, the book will essentially be a reboot of Clinton's hugely successful "It Takes a Village," the non-fiction title she first published in 1996. "The original [book] inspired the nation to think critically about how the choices made today, to raise our children and support families, will determine how we will face the challenges of the future," said Simon & Schuster in a statement.
Arundhati Roy follows up Booker-winning novel, 20 years later
1 Feb 2017 at 2:54am
Indian author Arundhati Roy is to publish her second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," in June, nearly 20 years after her debut novel won a Booker Prize. "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," which was first announced in October, is a contemporary story set on the Indian sub-continent, where it delved into the lives of several characters, "each of them in search of a place of safety-in search of meaning, and of love," according to the book's description. The book's release has now been set for release on June 6 internationally, and a cover -- which features a photograph of stone by photojournalist Mayank Austen Soofi -- has now been revealed.
Eddie Redmayne narrates 'Fantastic Beasts' audiobook
27 Jan 2017 at 9:03am
A new audiobook version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter accompaniment "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who played the book's author Newt Scamander in the 2016 film of the same name. Being prepared for availability from March 14, 2017, the new audiobook edition of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is also being put up for pre-order through Amazon's US, UK and Australian branches of digital-only site Audible, which is publishing the work. The audiobook also contains an updated foreword, written in character by Scamander, which expands the adventurer's bestiary by six and overlaps with the New York City jaunt portrayed in the movie.
The latest in digital publishing: 5 new apps to keep an eye out for
27 Jan 2017 at 5:36am
With Neuland 2.0, a "Startup Village for Digital Natives" returning to the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany later this year (March 23-26, 2017), we take a look at some of the most promising digital apps and programs in the publishing industry. Isle Audio has created "abook", an immersive sound experience for digital publishing, creating "a new way of reading ebooks." Reading becomes a multi-sensory experience, as the reader is immersed in an accompanying soundscape as they read a text on the app. Ulysses is the latest in writing applications.
Stars come out to read George Saunders' debut novel
26 Jan 2017 at 9:01am
One of the most hotly anticipated books of the year is the debut novel by short story writer George Saunders, and the audiobook, due out alongside the book on February 14, brings star power to a reading of the creatively told story. "Lincoln in the Bardo" is set in 1862, less than a year into the American Civil War, as President Lincoln's 11-year-old son Willie lays gravely ill. The boy died days later, and according to newspaper reports a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to his crypt several times.
Life imitating art: '1984' a best-seller again
25 Jan 2017 at 8:12am
Amid a seemingly endless battle with the new US president over truth and untruth, George Orwell's "1984" has become a best-seller again. The dystopian novel featuring a so-called "ministry of truth" that distorts reality was the number one seller on Amazon's US book list on Wednesday. CNN, among the first outlets to report the jump in sales, said the publishing house Penguin Books ordered an unusually large reprint of 75,000 copies to meet unexpected demand.
Mark Twain children's story to be published
20 Jan 2017 at 8:55am
A previously unpublished, unfinished children's story by Mark Twain is soon to see the light of day. Mark Twain reportedly began working on his children's story while in a Paris hotel room with his daughters in 1879. Erin Stead provides illustrations for the book, which tells the story of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of magic seeds.
Stephenie Meyer shares 'The Chemist' alternate epilogue
20 Jan 2017 at 7:57am
"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer has just released the "first" epilogue for her latest book, "The Chemist," which was published in November. "The Chemist," about an ex-agent on the run from her former employers, ends with an epilogue that Meyer said in a November interview was the second one she wrote for the book.
Audiobooks see boom in digital, multitasking age
18 Jan 2017 at 8:29am
Now, audiobooks are just a click away and can be uploaded onto a smartphone for the same, if not lower, price as the print edition. Some 35,574 audiobook titles were released in the United States in 2015, according to the Audio Publishers Association, an eight-fold increase over five years. According to the Author Earnings website, Amazon largely dominates the market -- even more so than for the print book industry -- with around 119,000 audiobooks sold per day in January 2016.
Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon among NBCC finalists
18 Jan 2017 at 4:02am
The 2016 finalists for the US's National Book Critics' Circle awards have been announced, with Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett and Michael Chabon among fiction finalists and Margaret Atwood set to receive a lifetime achievement award.