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Penguin Random House Upgrades Author Portal

Penguin Random House has introduced an upgraded version of the Penguin Random House Author Portal, an expansion on Random House Author Portals which now includes Penguin authors, as well as new features. The tool allows authors and agents to access weekly sales and rights information about their titles, as well as check out royalty statements. Show More Summary

Jon Bernthal to Play The Punisher on Daredevil Series

Jon Bernthal has been cast as The Punisher for season two of Marvel’s Daredevil series. Bernthal has become well-known for playing Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead. According to, showrunner Marco Ramirez revealed that season two will focus on the conflicts between Daredevil and the infamous antihero. Show More Summary

Mary Badham to Read New Harper Lee Novel at the 92Y

Mary Badham, the actress who portrayed young Scout Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will celebrate the release of Go Set a Watchman at a reading event. She plans to read from both the first Harper Lee novel and the highly anticipated sequel. This event is scheduled to take place on July 14th at the 92Y in New York City. Show More Summary

Actress Laura Prepon Inks Deal

Actress Laura Prepon will collaborate with nutritionist Elizabeth Troy on a diet book entitled The Stash Plan. Prepon (pictured, via) is well-known for playing Donna Pinciotti on That 70’s Show and more recently, Alex Vause on Orange...Show More Summary

A Memo to the Credit Department

Having a good relationship with your credit rep is a smart idea for your store.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Twerk’ and ‘Cisgender’

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has announced the addition of approximately 500 new words. Some of the newly added words include twerk, cisgender, FLOTUS, jeggings, and totes. Click on this link to check out the full list of new words. Show More Summary

Neil Gaiman to Write Scripts for American Gods TV Adaptation

Earlier this year, Starz gave the green light for a TV adaptation based on American Gods. Neil Gaiman, the author behind the book, will not only serve as an executive producer, but also a screenwriter. reports that fellow executive producer Bryan Fuller confirmed that Gaiman will write several episodes. Show More Summary

Wizard of Oz & Avengers Mash-Up Video Goes Viral

Have you ever imagined the characters from the Wizard of Oz movie as superheroes? A YouTuber known as Darren Wallace has created a mash-up parody video inspired by The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Wizard of Oz. The video embeddedShow More Summary

The Most Popular Book Set in Each European Country & Each...

The Most Popular Book Set in Each European Country & Each U.S. State (source)

Sea World

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Writers for the Sea is a new organization that was formed on June 8—World Oceans Day—and is going to make a splash, if not set off a new wave, in literature. What prompted the creation of Writers for the Sea?

Our Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is...

Our Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is destined to be hailed as a classic of our time.

Waterproof Books For Bath Time Featured On Kickstarter

Bibliobath, a company based in The Netherlands, hopes to raise $10,140.00 on Kickstarter. The funding will go towards the organization’s mission to create waterproof books. These products will allow bibliophiles to enjoy reading in the bath. Show More Summary

New York Public Library Hosts Display in Honor of Marriage Equality

The curators at the New York Public Library have put together a flash display called The Collections: Celebrating Marriage Equality. This program was organized to honor the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to disallow the states from banning same-sex marriage. Show More Summary

Sherman Alexie to Write His Debut Picture Book

National Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie plans to write this debut picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Artist Yuyi Morales created the illustrations for this project. Publisher Megan Tingley negotiated this deal with literary agents Nancy Stauffer and Charlotte Sheedy. Show More Summary

E.L. James & Aziz Ansari Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 21, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #1 in Paperback Fiction) Grey by E.L. James:...Show More Summary

Cover Revealed For New Brittany Cavallaro Book

The cover has been unveiled for Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? This story explores what a friendship between the progeny of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Gilbert Writes an Essay on Seduction

Elizabeth Gilbert has written an essay for entitled “Confessions of a Seduction Addict.” With this autobiographical piece, published in the New York Times, Gilbert recounts her past obsession with the act of seduction. Gilbert even shares details on how this unhealthy habit played a role in the dissolution of her first marriage. Show More Summary

Scientist John All Inks Book Deal

Scientist and explorer John All has landed a deal. PublicAffairs, an imprint at the Perseus Books Group, will publish a nonfiction book entitled Mountains Melting Beneath Our Feet. According to the announcement, senior editor Ben Adams...Show More Summary

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