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Good news for Elmore Leonard fans: a collection of fifteen unpublished stories of the late award-winning novelist will be published in the U.S. by HarperCollins next fall.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

World Book Night to Shut Down For Lack of Funds

Sad news for book lovers: World Book Night is shutting down due to lack of funds. U.S. Executive Director Carl Lennertz broke the bad news on Facebook that operations will have to be suspended. The annual event mobilized thousands of volunteers all over the United States to help distribute more than 1.5 million paperback books for free. There was substantial support from writers, shippers and the big publishers, but the logistics were so complex and the operations so vast that the expense became overwhelming without substantial additional funding. Read more... July 2, 2014

Hillary Clinton's New Book, Hard Choices, is Effectively Banned in China

Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, has been effectively banned in China. BuzzFeed reports that no Chinese publisher would touch the political memoir, due to fears of the Chinese government censors. Simon and Schuster's Jonathan Karp confirmed that the publishers are cowed by the government and are fearful of reprisals for publishing a book which dares to criticize the Chinese government. Read more... June 30, 2014

Kyle Mills Will Take Over the Bestselling Mitch Rapp Series by the Late Vince Flynn

Bestselling author Vince Flynn died last year at the age of 47, but his popular Mitch Rapp novels will live on. Flynn's family and his long-time editor Emily Bestler announced that the series will now be written by bestselling author Kyle Mills. Flynn had 15 million of his books in print. He wrote political thrillers. His popular character Mitch Rapp is a CIA counter-terrorism expert who faces numerous threats. Read more... June 25, 2014
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