Shark Week Is for Readers, Too: 10+ Books to Read this Week

Each year for one week, The Discovery Channel takes over the airwaves with a seven-day onslaught of movies, documentaries, survivor tales and semi-factual mockumentaries about sharks. As fascinating as it all is, readers are left high and dry—where are all the books about sharks? I’ve rounded up several—some classic, some campy, some for kids, some...

Madeline Exhibit Will Move to Amherst After NYC

The “Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” exhibit will move from New York to Amherst in November. The show celebrates the artwork of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic children’s book series, in honor of the series’ 75th anniversary. The show boasts more than 90 original art pieces including illustrations from the Madeline series, paintings, archival photographs...

Reclusion vs. Seclusion

A reader asks to know the difference between “reclusion and seclusion, reclusive and seclusive.” Although synonyms for one another, these words are not interchangeable in every context. Of the nouns, seclusion is used more frequently than reclusion to refer to a state of being apart from society. One of its meanings is “a desirable separation...

How to Market Your Fiction Writing Through the Brilliance of Other Authors

By Jason Kong No matter what genre you write in, many others are writing there too. That leads to a competitive environment, because everyone is fighting for attention and sales. Marketing will always be a challenge when you have a lot of players operating on the same turf. But what’s interesting is that your rivals...

‘Watson & Holmes’ Comic Series Featured on Kickstarter

New Paradigm Studios hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for the second volume of the Watson And Holmes series. This comics project re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective duo as two African-Americans who live in New York City. The finished book will contain a collection of one-shot stories. We’ve embedded a video about the...

Christopher Walken to Play King Louie in ‘The Jungle Book’ Adaptation

Christopher Walken has signed on to star in the new Jungle Book movie re-make. The Oscar-winning actor will play the orangutan King Louie in Disney’s live action adaptation. TheaterMania reports that the movie will be released in October 2015. As we previously reported, Iron Man director Jon Favreau will helm this project. The cast also includes Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. Who...

Robin Williams’ Daughter Remembers Her Father With a Quote From ‘The Little Prince’

pic.twitter.com/UEtjQ1f2zS — Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014 Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late Robin Williams, shared a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince on Twitter and Instagram in remembrance of her father. In her posts, Zelda wrote: “You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In...

3 Tips for Writing on a Deadline

BY MARTHA CARR When I was a new writer and no one had commented on any of the words I’d strung together, the idea of a deadline seemed romantic. If I had a deadline that meant someone must have liked something I wrote and someone else must have asked for more. Fortunately, all of that...

LeVar Burton Stars in the ‘Tweeting Rainbow’ Video

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and created a hilarious video called “Tweeting Rainbow.” The video embedded features Burton singing a parody version of the beloved TV show’s theme song and reading from celebrity Twitter feeds. What do you think? (via The Huffington Post) New Career Opportunities Daily: The...

Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

More than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette. “We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the...