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Shortlist for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award Announced
The shortlist for the IMPAC Dublin Award has been announced. The literary award is based in Dublin, Ireland, and is focused on finding the best new works of fiction from all over the world. Librarians from 39 countries submit entries for the award. The winner will be announced in Dublin on June 12th.

The award was created by the Dublin City Council. The award carries a prize of 100,000 Euros, which around $138,000. "This is a list of high quality literature that includes five novels in translation," said Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Henry Upton: "that is the beauty of this award -- readers around the world will find authors both familiar and new on what is a truly international shortlist."

The books that made this year's list were nominated by librarians from public libraries in Australia, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa and The Netherlands. Here are the books that made the shortlist:
  • The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch), translated by David Colmer
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian)
  • Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American)
  • A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Norwegian), translated by Don Bartlett
  • Three Strong Woman by Marie NDiaye (French), translated by John Fletcher
  • Traveller of the Century by Andres Neuman (Argentinian), translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia
  • The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish)
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Irish)
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Colombian), translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean


Posted on April 24, 2014




Jim Carrey Reads How Roland Rolls at White House Easter Egg Roll
How Roland Rolls


Jim Carrey read his book How Roland Rolls at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Carrey's children's picture book is about a wave that fears his life will end when he hits the shore. The book is illustrated by Rob Nason. Before starting to read Carrey first warned the kids about what happens if you don't brush your teeth. Carrey said your teeth will take off if you don't brush them. A kid in the crowd stood up and told Carry he likes Ace Ventura.

Carrey had helpers turn large poster-sized pages of the book so he could stand instead of sitting while reading his book to the kids. Carrey also performed some songs he wrote with his daughter for the ebook. Take a look:



Photo: Some Kind of Garden Media

Posted on April 23, 2014

Hillary Clinton's New Memoir, Hard Choices, Arrives in Bookstores on June 10th
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton's new memoir is called Hard Choices. The title was revealed by publisher Simon & Schuster. The memoir covers Hillary's four years as Secretary of State. It is being released as Hillary is considering running for President of the United States. Hard Choices will arrive in bookstores on June 10th, 2014.

Simon & Schuster released the first two sentences of the memoir. Hillary writes, "All of us face hard choices in our lives. Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become."

Hillary Clinton was asked by newly elected President Barack Obama, her rival during the hard fought Democratic Party nomination, to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. During her tenure she visited 112 different countries and traveled nearly one million miles.

Some of the events covered in the book include winding down two wars and the global financial crisis. Hillary's four years as Secretary of State occurred during major revolutions that swept across the Middle East. Other topics include the hunt for Osama bin Laden and threats from Iran and North Korea. Some of the global trends during Hillary's tenure included gay rights, climate change and economic inequality.

Simon & Schuster provided this description of Hillary's memoir: "Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day."

Hard Choices is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Photo: Simon & Schuster

Posted on April 21, 2014

Leonard Riggio Sells 3.7 Million Shares of Barnes and Noble Stock
Barnes & Noble, Inc. Chairman Leonard Riggio today announced today that he has sold 3.7 million shares of the company's common stock. After the sale, he still holds approximately 20% of the outstanding common stock of the company. Mr. Riggio said that the sale is part of his long-term financial and estate planning. He says he has no plans to sell any more stock this year.

Riggio said in a statement, "After this sale I remain the Company’s largest shareholder, a position I feel very good about. I love this company and I believe in its future as I do in all of the wonderful people who work here.

Earlier this month Liberty Media Corporation announced that it was selling the majority of its shares in the company to institutional buyers. Liberty is only keeping around 10% of the shares it originally purchased. As a result of the sell off, Liberty will no longer have the right to elect two preferred stock directors to Barnes & Noble’s Board. Liberty's consent rights and other rights will also go away.

Posted on April 17, 2014

Author T.C. Boyle Inks Two Book Deal With HarperCollins
Internationally bestselling author T.C. Boyle has inked a new two book deal with HarperCollins. HarperCollins imprint Ecco will publish Boyles next two novels. The first novel is called The Harder They Come and it will be published in March, 2015. Boyle has published twenty-four books of fiction including After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011), San Miguel (2012) and T.C. Boyle Stories II (2013). and has won many awards, including multiple O.Henry Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the PEN/Malamud Prize, and the Prix Médicis Étranger. He is the Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California where he has taught since 1978.

Boyle said in a statement, "I am beyond pleased -- delighted, actually -- to have the chance to work with Daniel [Halpern] and his colleagues at Ecco. This is an occasion for my books to reach a new and ever-widening audience, a circumstance that every author, however successful, yearns for. We live for and through our work and hope to bring illumination and entertainment at the deepest and most joyous level to our readers. So look out: here we come."

Daniel Halpern, President and Publisher of Ecco, had this to say about the acquisition, "For forty years now I've admired Tom's work -- and early on published him in my magazine, Antaeus -- so it's with real excitement that I welcome him to Ecco, where we can't wait to expand his already wonderful readership and introduce him to a new generation of readers."

Dr. Boyle's new novel is set in contemporary California. The intense drama explore the relationships and lives of three people: an aging ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, his unstable son and the son's older, increasingly paranoid partner.

Posted on April 15, 2014

J.K. Rowling, Gene Luen Yang and Ruth Ozeki Win L.A. Times Book Prizes
The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony was held on Friday night at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. Awards were given for the best books of 2013 in ten different categories. In addition to the book categories, there were two other prizes given. Young adult author and activist John Green won the Innovator's Award. 2013 Robert Kirsch Award was given to novelist, short story author and teacher Susan Straight.

J.K. Rowling won the prize for best Mystery/Thriller: for her novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Company). Rowling wrote the book under the name Robert Galbraith. Ruth Ozeki won the Fiction Prize for her novel A Tale for the Time Being (Viking). Here are the other winners:
  • Biography: Marie Arana, Bolivar: American Liberator (Simon & Schuster)
  • Current Interest: Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown)
  • The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction: NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur Books)
  • Graphic Novel/Comics: Ulli Lust, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (Fantagraphics)
  • History: Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (HarperCollins)
  • Poetry: Ron Padgett, Collected Poems (Coffee House Press)
  • Science & Technology: Alan Weisman, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? (Little, Brown & Company)
  • Young Adult Literature: Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)


Posted on April 14, 2014

Simon and Schuster and TED Conferences Team up for Book Collection
Simon and Schuster has teamed up with TED Conferences LLC to co-publish a series of books based on the popular TED lectures which cover a multitude of subjects. The collection will consist of 12 books published under the name TED Books. The first book will be launched in September, 21014, with a new book being released every one to two months. The books will be released worldwide in hardover, ebook and audiobook. There will also be foreign language editions of the books. Each book will embody the TED mantra which is being a worldwide platform for “ideas worth spreading.” The books will be short, only about 20,000 words,

Books in the pipeline include The Virtue of Stillness by travel writer Pico Iyer, , How We'll Live on Mars by journalist Stephen Petranek, Follow Your Gut by biologist Rob Knight, Storytelling in the Age of Distraction by New Yorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson, and The Terrorist's Son: Escaping Jihad by non-violence advocate Zak Ebrahim. TED speaker and jacket artist Chip Kidd will design the cover art for the books.

Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, had this to say about the new collection. "TED has mastered the art of launching intelligent conversations about important ideas, and these books will provide TED speakers past and future with the opportunity to go beyond their talks and take readers deeper into their work."

Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen, said, “In the eight years since we made TED Talk videos available for free online, we've seen how millions of people globally are eager to engage with new ideas,” said Executive Producer of TED Media, June Cohen. “We feel fortunate to have a partner like Simon & Schuster that understands how to amplify ideas, and can provide avenues to make TED Books available around the world."

Posted on April 12, 2014



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