Knowledge Governance Calls For Information Balance

Across the globe, politicians and pundits trumpet the knowledge economy, but few have ever bothered to examine with any rigor the success-to-failure ratio of national and international intellectual property law and regulations. Arguing that private and public interests are critically out of balance, Leonardo Burlamaqui advocates for a shakeout in the knowledge industries and creation...

This Week in the Blogs, September 13 – 19, 2014

There’s a definite chill in the air in some parts of the country. A great excuse to curl up with a good book, don’t you think? Or, better yet, why not check out this week’s articles? A wide variety of topics await. Enjoy! Helen Sedwick on Helen Sedwick How to Use Real People in Your...

The Rona Jaffe Foundation Unveils 2014 Writers’ Award Winners

The Rona Jaffe Foundation has announced the 2014 Writers’ Award winners. Each winner received a $30,000 cash prize. The six winning writers include Olivia Clare (fiction), Karen Hays (nonfiction), Danielle Jones-Pruett (poetry), T.L. Khleif (fiction), Mara Naselli (nonfiction), and Solmaz Sharif (poetry). The award ceremony took place on September 18th in New York City; writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc served as the...

Clipboards

I posted this picture of my studio on Instagram the other day, and people immediately began asking me about my “clipboard system,” assuming that I actually have a clipboard system. I wish I had some cool clipboard system. The truth is, when we were converting my garage, my wife saw a Pinterest board with clipboards used...

FilmNation Entertainment to Adapt ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’ Into a Chinese-Language Movie

FilmNation Entertainment has picked up the movie rights to Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily Chen. The studio plans to adapt the story into a Chinese-language film. Brendan Deneen, executive editor of the Macmillan Entertainment Group, and Mark Siegel, editorial director of the First Second imprint, will serve as executive producers. According to Variety, Novgorodoff drew inspiration...

VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Demonstrates How His Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Book Works

Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris stars in a trailer for his forthcoming imaginative nonfiction book, Choose Your Own Autobiography. In the video embedded above, Harris sings his Hedwig & The Angry Inch show warm-up routine, sinks into quicksand, and performs several other outlandish acts—what do you think? Crown Archetype, an imprint at Penguin Random...

Greenlight Bookstore & Peck’s Specialty Food Launch the Book/Plate Event Series

Two Brooklyn-based businesses, Greenlight Bookstore and Peck’s Specialty Food, have formed a partnership to launch the Book/Plate event series. Attendees sit for a dinner with an author to enjoy a book discussion and a family-style meal. The cost of reserving a seat typically covers both the food and a copy of the book. Tonight’s dinner...

Matt Smith Cast in ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Adaptation

Actor Matt Smith has been cast in the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies film adaptation. Smith is best known for playing the Eleventh Doctor on the Dr. Who TV series. The book was originally envisioned by author Seth Grahame-Smith who transformed Jane Austen’s beloved novel into a mash-up story. Quirk Books released the book back in January 2008. Here’s...

E.R. Frank Inks YA Novel Deal With Atheneum Books for Young Readers

E.R. Frank, an award-winning children’s books author and psychotherapist, will be publishing her first novel in ten years. Frank’s (pictured, via) new book, entitled Dime, features an intense story about teen prostitution. Atheneum Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for summer 2015. Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Compass Talent literary agent...

‘Alpha Billionaire’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

Alpha Billionaire by Helen Cooper leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you want more...

Interviewing Poets: Why and How

Please welcome Glenda Council Beall to the blog. She was inspired to write a guest post after reading Jeannine Hall Gailey’s post on poetry book reviews last month. I really enjoy the guest posts on this blog, but they can only happen with your participation. If you have an idea, send it my way at...

Filmmaker Michael Almereyda Adapts William Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

Filmmaker Michael Almereyda has written and directed a film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline. We’ve embedded the full trailer above–what do you think? According to Indiewire, the cast includes Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Penn Badgley, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson, James Ransone, and Delroy Lindo. The movie premiered at the Venice Film...