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Ecco to Publish ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger

The rise of the terrorist group ISIS seemed to come out of nowhere. One minute no one had heard of them. Then suddenly they were releasing horrifying videos of beheadings of journalists and aid workers and threatening anyone who doesn't agree with their insanely violent agenda. Read more... September 18, 2014

Two American Authors Make the Shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Award shortlist was announced today and two Americans have made the cut. The award is the most prestigious literary award in Great Britain and has traditionally been open only to writers from the British Commonwealth. But that's all changed now. Read more... September 10, 2014

Usher to Host Live Webcast to Promote Scholastic's Literacy Program

Scholastic has a new partner for its literacy outreach program: R&B superstar and education advocate Usher Raymond IV, better known as Usher. The program is called "Open a World of Possible." Read more... September 9, 2014

Bruce Springsteen Writes Picture Book for Adults Called Outlaw Pete

Here's an interesting new title for fall. Bruce Springsteen has written his first children's book. The book is called Outlaw Pete. The book is based on the song of the same name from his 2009 album Working on a Dream. Read more... August 28, 2014

New York City is Getting a Pop Up Floating Library

Okay, now we're jealous. New York City is getting a Floating Library beginning on September 6th and running through October 3, 2014. The Floating Library is a pop-up library concept which will be lodged aboard the Lilac Museum Steamship in the Hudson River at Pier 25. Read more... August 22, 2014

J.K. Rowling Writes New Story About Off-Stage Harry Potter Character

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat. J.K. Rowling has written a new, fun essay about a character who was mentioned in the Harry Potter books. The 500-word piece is all about the Singing Sorceress herself, Celestina Warbeck, Read more... August 18, 2014

2014 National Book Festival Poster Created by Bob Staake

The poster for the 2014 National Book Festival has been revealed. The poster shows a green moon wearing a stocking cap. The moon is happily engrossed in a book. It looks like he is at the halfway mark in the novel. He is surrounded by stars. The poster was created by illustrator and children's book author Bob Staake. Read more... August 10, 2014

New York Public Library Receives Book 54 Years After it Was Due

Billy Parrott, the managing librarian of the Mid-Manhattan branch's Library, Art and Picture Collections in New York City, recently revealed in the library's blog that the library just received a really overdue library book in the mail. The book was mailed from Arizona and has been outstanding since August 17, 1959. Read more... August 4, 2014

HarperCollins to Publish 15 New Stories by the Late Elmore Leonard

Good news for Elmore Leonard fans: a collection of fifteen unpublished stories of the late award-winning novelist will be published in the U.S. by HarperCollins next fall. Read more... July 19, 2014

Burt Reynolds to Publish Memoir in Fall 2015

Burt Reynolds will publish a memoir in fall 2015 with G.P. Putnam's Son called But Enough About Me. The book will be co-written by Jon Winokur. It will include a forward by Deliverance co-star Jon Voight. Read more... July 10, 2014
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