Book Review — Mother, Mother

It's the summer, so I love to spend as much time as I can reading on the beach. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to join the Blogging for Books program, which sends me free books to review! Hallelujah! Here's my first review. (Back to regularly scheduled Apostrophe Catastrophes programming soon...)Koren Zailckas takes on a daunting...

This Week in the Blogs, July 12 – 18, 2014

The articles I’m including this week have generated a lot of discussion. Pour yourself a cool drink, put your feet up and why not have a read? Jump in on the conversations too if you have anything to offer or tell us your thoughts in the comments here. Anne R. Allen on Anne R. Allen’s...

Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and...

Bill O’Reilly to Narrate His Upcoming Audiobook

Outspoken Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly will be the voice for his upcoming audiobook edition of Killing Patton, the fourth book in his bestselling history series which he wrote in collaboration with Martin Dugard. Macmillan Audio, the audiobook publisher revealed that O’Reilly was in the studio to record his book this week. The audiobook and print edition of the title...

NYPL to Host the ‘Over Here: WWI & The Fight For The American Mind’ Exhibit

The New York Public Library will host a history exhibition called “Over Here: WWI And The Fight For The American Mind.” According to press release, Michael Inman served as the curator of this exhibit. Visitors will enjoy posters, sheet music for popular songs of that era, literature, clips from propaganda movies, sound recordings of speeches, and more. This display opens on...

Gene Luen Yang: ‘Our world is colorful, so our books should be too.’

When we last spoke with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, his advice for writers is to “give up TV.” Since then, he has been hard at work on a collaborative project with artist Sonny Liew reviving the story of an Asian American superhero called The Green Turtle. First Second, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released the print...

Oyster Responds to Amazon’s Entry Into eBook Subscription Market

Oyster, a leader in the Netflix-for-eBooks business, has responded to news that Amazon has entered the burgeoning new marketplace. “We’re not surprised,” explained Eric Stromberg, CEO and Co-Founder at Oyster, in a statement. “They have pivoted from transactional to subscription-based in other media, and have had limited success. They really paved the way in ebooks, and...

Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal

Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books...

Tortuous, Torturous, and Tortious

All three words, tortuous, torturous, and tortious derive from the Latin verb torquere, “to twist.” Pronunciation: tortuous [TOR-choo-us] torturous [TOR-chur-us] tortious [TOR-shus] The Latin adjective tortuosus means “full of twists or turns.” The Latin noun tortura means twisting, but it can also mean torment or torture; torturing a person often involves twisting body parts. The...

Publisher Revenues Up 6.5% in Q1 2014: AAP

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first quarter of 2014, publishers saw total trade sales increase 6.5 percent over the same period for 2013. The report looked at net revenues for 1218 publishers from January through March 2014. The AAP also revealed that, “In categories, Children’s/Young Adults continued its double-digit growth in publishers’...

Christopher Walken Signs On as Captain Hook For ‘Peter Pan’ Musical

NBC plans to adapt J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a live musical. Academy Award winner Christopher Walken has landed the role of villain Captain Hook. Hollywood veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on as producers. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Based on James M. Barrie’s revered book and musical, NBC’s new take,...

David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written...